As part of our breakfast nook makeover, I wanted to create a built-in look dining bench. Not only do dining benches look cute and cozy, but they’re a practical space-saver. I used IKEA kitchen cabinets to easily build a dining bench that looks built in, but it’s still movable. Let me show you how to build a simple dining bench from kitchen cabinets!

How to build a dining bench from Ikea kitchen cabinets

Isn’t this cute?! I’m so proud of this little build, and it wasn’t hard at all. I made the whole thing excluding the part where I had Hubby nail the base together with his giant nail gun. I like the finishing nailer, but not that thing!

How to build a dining bench from Ikea kitchen cabinets

The rest was so simple – I used these Ikea refrigerator cabinets to start with. I bought two 30″ wide by 15″ high cabinets to almost fill our breakfast nook wall.

How to build a dining bench from Ikea kitchen cabinets

I assembled the cabinets, and then I created a base that was the same dimensions out of 2×4 lumber. I included some braces in the middle of the frame. I set the cabinets on top of the base, screwed them together, and then covered the base with some trim that was the same height as the base. I love how the mitered edges and smooth texture of the trim give my bench a finished look.

How to build a dining bench from Ikea kitchen cabinets

Finally, I found some 2″ high foam on Amazon, cut it to size, and sewed a very simple bench cushion cover using some indoor-outdoor fabric.

I love how this bench is simple, but it matches the look of our kitchen. I also love that it has lots of storage underneath for extra dishware and kitchen items that I used to store in my hutch.

As you can see, I made over the wall behind this bench to highlight the bench and add some interest to our new breakfast nook, and I’ll share all of that soon!

Watch my video below to learn how to make a built in looking dining bench from Ikea kitchen cabinets:

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