How to Make a Kitchen Banquette with Storage

Upper Eastside Kitchen contemporary kitchen

Not long ago, banquettes were being torn out of kitchens to make room for lots of spindly legged chairs. Not anymore, my friend. The longing for practicality and all things retro has many homeowners rethinking the banquette. Modern or traditional, they add tons of storage, extra seating, cozy seating, texture, and a touch of the unusual in the kitchen. A DIY-er with basic carpentry skills should have no trouble with this project.
TIP: If you're adding a back to your banquette, angle it 6 degrees for a more comfortable seat. 

Here's all you need to get started:
  • measuring tape
  • birch veneer plywood
  • circular saw
  • jigsaw,
  • 2 x 4's
  • nails
  • hammer
  • portable drill with a phillips head screwdriver bit
  • screws
  • piano hinge

 If you think it's difficult, check out this video from 5 Minute Videos to see how very simple this kitchen renovation can be.


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