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DIY-ify: Kitchen nook + DIY banquette seating


I’ve said it before: my home is small. We need to take advantage of each and every inch of our home. This is why I’m researching banquette style seating. It can be seating and storage ALL in one. That’s my kind of bench. I found this lovely space and decided I need to recreate it. Banquette seating is usually custom built and installed, but I have seen MANY people use the Expedit Shelving Unit from Ikea as a seat. Add some small furniture legs for height, some cushions to sit on, and some Expedit door inserts. Now you have a little DIY banquette set up! We are SERIOUSLY considering this DIY for our kitchen nook.



1. The Chicken Encyclopedia via William Sonoma 2. Keeping Chickens via William Sonoma 3. Scallop Platter via Bed Bath & Beyond 4. Metal Bell Pendant via World Market 5. Wall Ledge with Metal Brackets via Target 6. Candy Stripe Wave Pillow via Bed Bath and Beyond 7. Red and Blue Accent Pillow via Lamps Plus 8. Rosette Round Pillow via Anthropologie 9. Great White Pitcher via Pottery Barn 10. Expedit Shelving Unit via Ikea 11. Waddell Bun Foot Table Leg via Lowes 12. Lugano Table via World Market 13. Expedit Insert via Ikea 14. Woven Garden Stripe Rug via Wayfair 15. Wood Bowl via Bed Bath and Beyond 16. Swing Bottle via Sur La Table 17. Round Charger Plate via Wayfair


- Chelsey, The Paper Mama 

31 Responses to “ DIY-ify: Kitchen nook + DIY banquette seating ”

  1. Love this!! And the ikea shelving is perfect!

  2. I pretty much love that table!

  3. We just did this in our dining room, with expedits! And actually, I measured the seat height of the chairs we already had at the table and we didn’t even need to add legs.

  4. LOVE it! Great job pulling this all together.

  5. the grumbles – from someone who’s just done this, how is the sizing working out for your dining room? we’re planning on putting in banquet seating and i wasn’t sure this option would provide enough seating room for adults?

    thank you for your help!

  6. I just did this with Expedit individual wall shelf “boxes”. I used 4 for the long side, and 2 for the short side. They are turned on their sides with the openings facing front. They are 17 1/2 inches “tall” and 15 1/2 inches “deep”. Their height is the same as the kitchen chairs I have on the other side of the table. I used the individual boxes so I could get it to fit in the area I had. Works wonderfully and looks custom made.

  7. Where can I get this table?

  8. How did you connect the individual expedit boxes?

  9. How did you go about making/buying the seat cushions, and the backboard w/ back rest cushions? Aloha & thank you!

  10. Sue do you have photos of how it turned out? Also anyone else with photos? Space is unique not rectangular or square so would love to see how people made it work out

  11. Would you please share what the paint color is on the wall? Thank you!

  12. Does anyone happen to know where the bench cushion are from

  13. can anyone tell me where to get the plans for the stand alone white bench that is pictured, it looks like the same maker of the table but a smaller version.
    thanks in advance

  14. Where can I find plans for building the table & bench? Love them!

  15. please send the DIY table & bench plans

  16. I was just wondering how you did your ceiling.? It seems to be almost reflective, which is very untraditional.

  17. Hi,

    I LOVE this and would like to do it in my home. Can you please send as much information as possible to me so that I know the products and specs and where you got everything? Thanks so much!!

  18. May I please know where to get space-savvy breakfast room banquette? It’s perfect for what I need. Thank you

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