Banquette Bench Seating (Shaker Style)

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Project by GadgetsAndGrain posted 10-21-2017 08:35 PM 2864 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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.

The frame of the banquette is constructed of 2×4s secured to one another with pocket screws. I had to account for the angle of the walls in the nook area, which test my geometry skills. I covered with frame with 3/4” cabinet-grade plywood, and used strips of pine to give the banquette a “shaker-style” look. Once primed, I finished it off with a couple coats of paint.

To see the detailed step-by-step instructions, feel free to read my full blog post.

-- Jeremy, California,

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#1 posted 10-22-2017 01:24 AM

Very fine looking seating. Looks real professional!!


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#2 posted 10-22-2017 12:07 PM

A really nice addition to your bay window.

-- AJ

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#3 posted 10-22-2017 01:21 PM

This cabinetry is very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 10-23-2017 01:56 AM

Like this and saved it as a favorite. Can use concept in our solarium room… Thanks…

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#5 posted 10-23-2017 01:45 PM

I see your youtube channel is relatively new. Well, you have me as a subscriber. Whether or not you keep me is dependent on what you post :) So far I like what I see.
Keep up the good work!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 10-23-2017 04:33 PM

I have an octagonal shaped room with windows on three sides just like yours and was thinking of doing something similar. I will shamelessly copy your design but with the addition of either hinged lids on the top of doors on the front to provide some storage. Thank you for the inspiration!

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