Kamilka Rafal. Kitchen Appliances. May 10th , 2017.
Enjoy quick meals every morning in your cozy breakfast nook. If you have a spare corner in between the mud room and your main kitchen that needs an improvement, add a bench so you can sit down to breakfast before dashing off to work or morning appointments. A breakfast nook can be a place to organize the bills, store extra stuff, and brighten an empty space.
Measure What You Have
Take a tape measure to plot out precisely how much room you have to make a bench. Note the distance out from the wall the bench can go without moving into walkways. Account for leg room for adults and children. Make sure the bench fits underneath any window sills.
Leave enough room for the dining table you want and for the matching chair that goes opposite the nook. Work around any obstacles such as air vents when you lay out your design. Draw out your plans to scale on paper after you take measurements to get an overhead view of the area.
Gather the Wood You Need
Determine how many wood planks you need based on your measurements. Two-by-four planks run the entire length of the bench on top and bottom. Brace the long beams with two-by-fours in between top and bottom planks every 18 inches. Add support for the bench with short two-by-fours in between the front and back beams every 36 inches.
Ascertain the amount of plywood to buy for the top and sides of the bench. Take the length of the bench times the width to figure square footage on top and for the sides. This wood sits on the top of the nook frame, so you do not have to worry about sinking it into a space.
Cut the Planks, Put Them Together
Cut each two-by-four to the correct length with a circular saw. Support beams go in between longer beams, so take into account the width of the wood when measuring and cutting planks. Dry fit pieces to ensure everything goes together properly in your nook. Cut the plywood with a hand saw.
Fasten planks together with wood screws using a cordless screwdriver. Put the framework of the benches in the corner to see how it fits compared to the rest of the room. Fasten the frame to the wall along the baseboard at the bottom of the bench.
Add plywood to the top and sides of the bench with screws or nails. Secure this wood along supporting planks in between main beams, approximately every 6 to 8 inches of length. Sand the edges down with an electric sander in order to prevent splinters.
Place cabinet doors, along with hinges and handles, to make any underseat storage spaces. This added bonus creates extra storage for things you may not need every day, such as toys, clothes, blankets, and more. Measure the distances on the front of the bench to determine what size doors you need.
Create Finishing Touches
Match the look of your kitchen by painting or staining your breakfast nook bench. Cover any sensitive areas to prevent splatters while you paint. Let the coating thoroughly dry before sitting on the bench. Prime the wood before painting, and cover the stain with polyurethane for a longer-lasting finish.
Add the table and chair last, and decorate the table with an appropriate tablecloth or centerpiece to round out the finishing touches. Match the decorations with the rest of your kitchen, or change the theme with the seasons. Cover the top of the bench with cushions for comfort.
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