DIY Banquette Seating

One of the first DIY projects we ever did in our current home, was do a built-in banquette seating in our kitchen nook. We have a galley style kitchen that has now been opened up to the living room. When the flippers who redid our house did the kitchen, they left this small space for a table and breakfast area. Honestly, there was no way that was going to be a functional breakfast nook without some sweat and creativity. This is the space we were working with.

In this picture, you can see the space in the back left corner. Super small.

This is an up close picture of the nook. It does look bigger here, but the space is narrow because of the door frame to the laundry room.

I was determined to get a seating area in this space. So in order to make that happen, I needed to create built-in seating on the wall by the window and the wall by the door. Here is how we did it.

DIY Banquette Seating


2x4s (Cut to size of your space)

2x2s (Cut to size of your space)

Miter Saw

Kreg Jig

Kreg Screws or Construction Screws (Depending on how you want to build the frame)




Spray Adhesive

Paint (I used Pure White by Sherwin Williams)

Fabric (My fabric came from JoAnnes)

Pillows (My pillows came from World Market)


1. Build a frame for the length and width of the banquette using 2x4s. We attached these using a Kreg Jig and pocket holes, but you can do this with regular construction screws.