As part of our breakfast nook makeover, I wanted to create a built-in looking dining bench cabinet. Not only do dining benches look cute and cozy, but they're a practical space-saver. I used IKEA cabinets to easily build a dining bench that looks built-in, but is actually movable. Let me show you how to DIY a simple dining bench seat from kitchen cabinets!
Isn't this cute?! I'm so proud of this little build and especially how nice the top of the bench turned out, and it wasn't hard at all. I made the whole thing myself, except I had hubby nail the base together with his giant nail gun.
The rest was so simple: To make this DIY bench seat, I used these IKEA refrigerator wall cabinets. I bought two 30" wide by 15" high cabinets. The width was perfect because they almost fill our breakfast nook wall. And 15" is such a good height too, because after I set the cabinets on a base they were basically the same height as a standard bench or chair (18").
How to make a DIY Bench Cabinet Using IKEA Kitchen Cabinetry
- I assembled them according to the directions
- Put on the cabinet doors
- Then, I created a cabinet base that was the same dimensions as the bottom of the cabinets (thank goodness for easy math!) using a miter saw and 2x4 lumber. I included some braces in the middle of the frame to make it extra sturdy
- Next, I set the cabinets on top of the base, used screws to attach them to each other in the middle so they wouldn't shift around, and then I anchored them to the base with my finishing nail gun
- Lastly, I covered the base with some baseboard trim that was the same height as the base. I used caulking as a filler for the nail holes, and properly caulked the seams. I painted the trim white, putting on two coats of paint with a foam brush, to match the cabinets. I'm really happy with the mitered edges and smooth texture of the trim. The finish work for this bench was actually very easy, and gives my bench a very professional look!
DIY Bench Cushion
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 to put on top of the cabinets so we could use it as a comfortable place to sit. This was easy to do by hand, and I didn't include a zipper or anything because the fabric I used is durable and water resistant, and will protect the foam from spills. It is also very easily wiped clean.
I love how this simple bench matches the look of our kitchen. It gives our kids somewhere comfy to sit and eat, and also doubles as a storage bench that we can use for extra dishware and other kitchen items that I used to store in my hutch. Because it is made out of actual kitchen cabinets with shelves and doors designed for use in a kitchen area, they are also the perfect depth to be useful! This extra storage space is so helpful.
I’m also really loving the neutral colour of the fabric I chose because we will be able to change up the look of this bench top with pillows whenever we want. I love easy finishing touches that make such a difference to the overall look of a room and project area!
If you look closely, you can see that I made over the wall behind this bench to highlight it and add some interest to our new breakfast nook. To finish this space, I used board and batten and shiplap-look peel and stick (yes, you read that right) and I'm so happy with how it turned out! Check out this post where I do a full reveal and give tutorials and everything!
Watch my video below for a tutorial on how to make a built-in looking storage bench from IKEA kitchen cabinets:
This post was first published March, 2018 and has since been updated.
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