Are you the type of person that doesn’t want to invest a lot of money on pre-made furniture and you’re more of the DIY type that likes to build stuff yourself?
Well, here’s a great tutorial on how to build an amazing banquette for your home, for less than $200.
Start off by building a sturdy 2×4 frame
You can nail the boards or optionally screw them directly into the studs on the walls.
Cover the frame with plywood or MDF
Here, 3/4″ cabinet grade plywood was used, and nailed together using finishing nails and a nail gun. This particular table also includes a small hole where the heating vent would poke out, since this was its new position in this particular project.
Then, add 3-1/2″ wide MDF for a panel look
If the pieces don’t fit together correctly, then don’t be afraid because this can easily be fixed with caulk.
MDF is used once again for the top
This time, use something that’s thicker (1-5/8″ was used in this project). The top was cut into three pieces, the center one being hinged to provide access to the storage area inside. After that, the builders used butcher paper (you can also use newspaper for this step) as a template for the two side pieces. After you’ve done this, nail the top to the 2×4 frame.
The last part is giving it a nice coat of paint
White was used here, but you can use whatever color you want, depending on your place’s color theme.
After adding some pillows like this:
No one would be able to tell that it was DIY!
If you also want a hidden storage compartment like the people who built this integrated, you’ll need to cut off about 1-1/2″ piece from the back length of your middle top piece. Nail the cut piece to the 2×4 supports and then place the rest of the top in place. Then, use a piano hinge (they’re available at stores such as home depot) to attach the two pieces, and you have a secret but handy storage compartment.
Will you be building a DIY banquette like this yourself? Let us know in the comments!