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How to Build Bench Seating for Bay Window/Nook/Banquette

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Published on Jun 14, 2017

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When you go to a restaurant, I imagine you'll ask for booth seating. But when you build your own banquette at your home, you'll always have a cozy place to cuddle up to with your family for game night, dinner, or taking a quick coffee break from life. Here's how you can build your own banquette:

What you'll need:

- 2 x 4 lumber to frame the banquette
- Cabinet-grade plywood
- Pine, board for trim pieces (I used 1 x 4's)
- Primer and paint color of your choice
- Caulk to seal the edges of the banquette where it meets the wall and floor
- Lots and screws and nails (types and sizes just depend what you're building)


Building a banquette is rather straightforward, and it really starts with a solid frame. You'll want to build something that can withstand years of jumping, sitting, nudging and pushing from all types of houseguests. I chose to build my frame as a standalone piece rather than mounting it - I didn't want the strain from people sitting on the banquette to be directed on the walls of my house. Building the banquette this way also gave me greater flexibility in assembling the frame outside of the home.

If you're familiar with framing, you'll know how pocket holes can really come in handy. They make for a really great joint between two pieces of wood. If you've never done pocket holes before, but you're willing to build your own banquette I highly recommend buying the Kreg pocket hole jig. There jigs the start as little as $20, but for a project like this where you will be drilling dozens of pocket holes, buying the hundred dollar Kreg Jig  it will pay for itself after one project - trust me. And look at it this way: if you do one project like this with the K-4 jig, you will most likely do another.

For this project I measured the size of the banquette I wanted, and then translated that to the dimensions of the frame. This frame was built in the three different sections: the center, the left, the right. For many homes, you might be building your blanket into a 90° corner, and that is rather straightforward. In my case, my nook is basically one half of a hexagon, so to calculate the angles I used a digital bevel gauge so I could get a basic idea of how to cut my 2 x 4's and design frame.

If you are building a banquette into a room that has non-90-degree angles (like mine), you'll always want to divide the room angle by two so that your frames and sections will have equal depth.

For the height of the frame you'll also want to account for the thickness of any boards are going to place on top of the seating surface. In my case I wanted a seating height of 19 inches. I knew my plywood was going to be about an inch and a half thick, so that meant I needed to build the frame about 17 1/2 inches tall.

As shown in the video, there was plenty of cutting, measuring and drilling pocket holes to prepare the frame for assembly. Framing is pretty simple, so things come together pretty quickly, plus if you have the proper power tools such as a miter saw, the job goes really quick. For repeated cuts such as the beams and posts of the frame, I highly recommend using a stop block when using your miter saw. This allows you to accurately and quickly make the same cut - over and over.

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