Breakfast Nook Update: The Bench

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  1. Carol says:

    Great job! That is going to be such a nice addition to your breakfast nook & great storage, too!

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  4. Nichole Haight says:

    This is awesome! I was wondering if you could post the dimensions of the first two pictures. Mainly the height and width of the framing. Thank you!!

    • Shayna says:

      Thank you Nichole! The bench measurements are: 139″ long x 18 1/2″ deep x 18″ tall. It’s the perfect height for our table, and the width it great for sitting.

      I hope that helps. 🙂


  5. lee says:

    We have exactly the same corner that we would like to make it into a breakfast nook. Have thought about building cabinets, but after looking at what you did, we changed our minds. 🙂
    We have the exact same vent and electrical outlets we have to take care of too.

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so much, Lee! I’m so happy you found it inspirational. We LOVE our bench! It’s been one of my favorite projects to date… and the storage is fabulous! 🙂

  6. Char says:

    I was wondering if you installed hinges on the lids or if they just lift completely off?

    • Shayna says:

      Hi Char! We didn’t install any hinges, the lids lift all the way off.
      I hope that helps! 😀

  7. Nan, Odessa DE says:

    Love your bench ———————– BUT tell me about the cabinets for $230. Please.
    I am elderly without a MR. where would I begin with the cabinets? I want a day bed on top of cabinets!
    Come on, give me some info and hints!

    • Shayna says:

      THANK YOU so much! We decided to build the cabinet instead of using the cabinets because the cabinets would have cost a bit more money. If we were going to use the cabinets, we were going to attach them to the back of the wall, then add a piece of MDF to the top so that I could add a bench cushion.
      Maybe check this out:
      I hope that helps! 😀

  8. Tania says:

    My hubby and I are about to start building our breakfast nook benches and I was curious, you indicated that your bench is a finished height of 18″, that includes the 4″ foam cushion? Also was curious how high your table is from the floor to the apron of the table. We have a round pedestal table that measures 25″ from floor to the apron, so we are trying to determine what height the finished bench should be. Any thoughts?? Thanks in advance.

    • Shayna says:

      Hi there! Our bench is 18″ tall, but that does not include the foam cushion. Our table, to the bottom of the apron is 26 1/2″ tall, but the entire table does sit on a 1/2″ thick jute rug. I can tell you that sitting at the table is comfortable. When I’m sitting, from the top of my legs, to the bottom of the table apron, there is 4″ of space. We haven’t had any issues with banging our legs, or being “squeezed” under the table. I hope that helps! Your bench will be amazing! 😀

  9. lauren says:

    did you use 2/3’s for the frame? Also did you finish the bottom of the bench (on the inside) or just leave it open to the floor. Finally would it be hard to add some hinges for it to be easier to lift?

  10. Ada Hulthen says:

    I love the nook idea and I would like to do one myself but how did you determine the right height for comfort and seat depth?

    • Shayna says:

      I completely understand your question! Before we made ours, we measured several different dining chairs to get a general height, and then built it out to a depth that felt right. Our bench measures 19.5″ deep x 22.5″ tall, including the cushion. Hope that helps!

  11. Nathan says:

    Very nice job! But why not relocate your outlets into the bench itself?

  12. Lynn M. says:

    I like the storage. Nice job. When did he attach to the wall and did he use hinges for the top? Are there any written plans to follow?

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