We have a small three-season room (10 feet x 12 feet) that is wonderful for spring through fall seasons to enjoy with family. It’s another place for us to work and enjoy the outdoors as well. So making this space more functional and less cluttered was my priority.
The table and chairs we had in there would take up a large amount of space, so I wanted to figure out a way to save some space. I came across the banquette in a recent catalog and several other online stores and found the dimensions were too large for our space. So I decided to make my own DIY banquette seating. I went to work and made it for my small space.
I inherited the table and chairs from my father when he passed. But, the chairs are starting to get a little worn so I was thinking it is probably a good time to modify the dinette set.
Below are the supplies I used to do this DIY Banquette Seating for Small Spaces.
Supplies needed for this DIY project:
3 - ClosetMaid 3258 Cubeicals 3-Cube Storage Bench, Natural Gray (Amazon affiliate link)
9 - fabric cube storage from Target 11 x 11 inch cubed - I used plain black.
2 - MDF boards ¼ in. 2 ft. x 4 ft. From Home Depot
1 roll of Peel and Stick Brick style wallpaper-grey - an example: NuWallpaper NU3010 Grey and White Brick Peel & Stick Wallpaper (Amazon affiliate link)
10-15 or more 10 x ¾" #8 Head Phillips Countersunk Washer Tapping Screws Chrome
5 or 6 - 12 in x 20 in rectangle pillows (yellow) (Amazon affiliate link)
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Double Stick tape
Instructions on How to Make This DIY Banquette for Small Spaces.
Assemble the prepackaged ClosetMaid storage bench.
I assemble the 3 ClosetMaid cubbies as per the boxes. Do not add the tape or the cushions yet. You will do that later.
Cover the MDF with peel and stick wallpaper.
I cover the MDF with brick style peel and stick wallpaper. I used it because it matched the gray on the cubbies. You only need to cover the areas shown, like the back and the top part in the front near the cushions on the MDF and the ends of the cubbies. I also covered the sides of the storage bench to match the back.
Tip: If the wallpaper starts to peel, use double-stick tape on the ends to keep it affixed to the MDF wood.
If you want to just paint it, you can do that too.
Attached the prepared wallpaper covered MDF board to the back of the bench.
Lay the front cubby on a clean surface so that the back is up. Then, place the finished outside MDF boards on top. Ensure that one side of the MDF is overhanging about 1 foot or the other cubby's depth. It should be lined up with the bottom too. If you have a thick carpet, raise the MDF a little so it does not crack when you move the bench. Then, using the screws with washers, screw around the edges of the top back and sides of the bench to adhere the MDF to the back of the seating. Do this with the other one too. The MDF should hangover to cover the depth of the other bench when you make the corner.
Tips: Be sure to stay straight with the screws, it will go through the bench wood if they are not straight.
Here's another image below that shows where we placed the screws.
No need to add the back to the third bench.
I had a third bench storage seating to give more seating on one side of the table. I did not add another MDF because not many people would be sitting on the last bench past the MDF board we used.
If you want to continue and add it to the third bench, just measure and cut it down to the remaining bench length. Then, and add a peel and stick wallpaper to it. And, then screw the MDF to the back of the last bench.
Tip: the more screws the better to keep the MDF from moving back and forth in the center when people sit on it.
Pick a corner of your favorite small room. Put the cubbies and attached MDF board and put in place. You will see that the two MDF boards will match up really close in the corner when it comes together.
Note: these benches are not as deep as a banquette seating. We knew that going in and felt that saving the space in the room was more important than having deeper seats. If we picked up the already made ones, they would not fit in the space we have allocated for this.
This is a close up of the two benches. The gap is hidden behind the pillows. If I wanted to take these benches apart and use them for something else, I can easily do that without too much damage to the benches.
Place the pillows up against the MDF board.
Now, it’s time to decorate the seating. I found these 5 cushions that fit perfectly for these seats.
Add the black fabric cubbies to the openings.
The fabric bins did not come with the cubbies so I had to buy them separately. I found these at Target for four dollars each. What do you think?
Add the cushions and tape for the bench.
Add the tape for the bench. Then add the cushions. They are removable and can be washed. I washed them a few times already, and they clean up great.
And that is it! Here are the final project pictures. What do you think? I love it and it makes a great place to do some writing too.