To create a bench seat, you’ll need to measure the space in the corner or nook where you want to build it. Measure the length of the space, including the width without the middle support. Make sure the bench is the same width on the front and back. Once you have determined the dimensions, you can build the bench.
If you’re using a plywood carcass, you’ll need to make end pieces to reinforce the box’s sides. These should be approximately 17-1/2″ x 16-3/4″ and installed where the two pieces meet. For the bench’s corner top, you’ll need a fourth piece to install in the end of the longer box, making sure it’s installed at the same time as the two other pieces.
The next step in the building process is choosing the materials for your bench. You can use 2×4 white wood, 9/16″ particle board, or 1/4″ panel board. You may also use 3/4″ MDF. Measure the height and width of your chair, and make sure the bench fits into that space. If necessary, you can replace the baseboard trim with matching moulding.
Once the bench seat is constructed, you can add cushions to make it more comfortable. Cushions cost about $20 to $50 each, but custom cushions can cost as much as $500. Most of the cost of a built in bench seat will come from the materials themselves. Depending on how complex the project is, it can cost anywhere from $300 to $3,500 or more per foot.
A built-in bench seat can help you make the most of the corner space in the family room. It can also help you save money on decorating. If you are a bibliophile, you may want to add shelves around your built-in bench for additional reading material. You may also want to place a fireplace near the bench for extra cozy evenings.
There are several different styles of benches to choose from. Some are built in the wall without visible supports. This solution is highly customizable and can be matched to any interior design style. They are also more flexible as they are easier to sweep under. The right type of bench will add comfort and interest to the space. It will also save space.
Built-in seating units are usually backed by warranties against defects in materials and workmanship. These warranties may cover repairs or replacements. However, many cities require permits for built-in seating. If you’re planning to install a built-in seating unit, hiring a carpenter is a good investment. Even if you’re building the seating yourself, a carpenter can help you plan the project and finish it in a short amount of time.
Built-in benches, also known as banquettes, can help you maximize the space in your home. They will create an efficient, functional and cozy space where you and your family can eat and entertain. Whether you plan to use the space for weekend dinners, lazy brunches, or even late-night conversations with old friends, a built-in bench is perfect for any kitchen nook.