DIY Custom Kitchen Nook Storage Benches


DIY custom kitchen nook storage benches

After jumping into building furniture (first project was our Farmhouse bed). We needed kitchen nook seating. I didn’t want the space to go to waste so I figured seating AND storage would be fab! Here’s the deets:

Kitchen Nook Before:

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Nook area before building out the seating

This is a fully custom project as I needed to do my own measurements and style as well as fit around a heater vent and add in bead board and baseboards to tie it into the rest of the kitchen.

Start the project by laying out the wood. I used 3/4″ plywood strips cut for me at the hardware store.

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starting to lay out the wood for the bench bases (making sure they fit!)

Next step was to build out the boxes, I had some unevenness on our wood floors, but I was able to fix that later with a bit of paintable caulk to fill in the corners before painting.

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Building out the boxes on the sides, you can see how my floor is a bit uneven

framed out the front and sides with wood and bead board, added 1×3 boards to the top that would be where I’d add the piano hinges later.  then filled gaps with caulk and painted (before adding heat vent cover and tops)

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before the top and vent cover was on

Painted and added a heat vent cover.  I used the awesome aluminum pattern stuff from home depot and just cut it with tin strips, and used 1×3 boards to frame it in.. Then used long piano hinges to add the seat tops that fold up for storage!
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Here it is all finished before putting the custom seat cushions (tutorial coming soon!) and table back in.

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top with piano hinges and final shot of benches before cushions and table put back in


Let me know if you have questions, I didn’t follow any plans kind of looked at ideas I liked and made measurements that worked for my space. It was definitely a tough project but taught me a ton about building!

Get out and DO!






15 thoughts on “DIY Custom Kitchen Nook Storage Benches

    1. I don’t have a tutorial but I did search ideas on pinterest for plans and inspiration. The biggest thing to remember is using the piano hinge for the bench seat 🙂

  1. I’m going to try a project like this. Looks like you did a great job! What did you do about the outlet under the window? I see you cut a spot for it, but where/how do the cords get to what you are powering?

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