Saturday, June 30, 2012

Kitchen Bench

A while back we bought an Ikea Expedit bookshelf, turned it on its side and used it as a bench for our kitchen table. Although it served its purpose, it was definitely lacking. It obviously needed some sort of storage containers (that was part of the point) and some color. Enter fabric.

 So, I had my very handy hubby cut me a piece of particle board to the exact dimensions of the top of the bench. I then laid it out on top of a piece of 2" thick foam (from Hobby Lobby).
 I then scored it with a utility knife (because I was afraid to go all the way through and scratch the floor--I know probably not the best place to cut) and then took a serrated bread knife and sort of "sawed" it to fit the board.  I have also heard an electric bread knife is a really easy way to cut foam but I didn't have one so I used what I had. BTW, don't you just love my assistant? Can't do much around here without one...but I wouldn't have it any other way. :)
 (My handy dandy tools.)
 Then I pretty much did the same with my fabric. I just laid out my board and foam, made sure I had enough fabric to staple all sides and cut it. Then I used a staple gun and stapled the fabric as tight as I could to keep it from wrinkling. Easy as pie.
 I used a laminated fabric that I found on Fabric.com. I figured it was mainly going to be used as a seat for my two girls so it needed to be wipeable. This seemed like the perfect choice. And the colors matched the colors I have going on in the kitchen/family room. 
 Incase you were wondering what happened to the excess foam....perfect baby bed. (Think we have enough babies?)
 Now for storage. I bought three baskets, again from Ikea. I cut a piece of cardboard into small rectangles and painted them with chalkboard paint. Then punched holes and attached them with twine. 
 Perfect labels for things we use at the kitchen table. I used one for place mats. This one was for game pieces.

 Here is the finished product. I never have a problem finding things to store so I'm sure they will all be filled eventually. Until then, I'm kind of liking the three baskets. Adds a little warmth to the stark white bench and wall.
 The original idea was to screw the board on from the bottom but it was heavy enough we felt like we didn't need to--yet. We'll see.
 Cute eh? And it's comfy. The kids actually like to put their pillows on it and use it as a bed. Why not?
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  1. You could also use some heavy duty velcro (the kind that snaps together) and use that to hold the top square with the bench.

    Cute fabric, by the way!

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    1. Ooh! I like that idea. May have to try that one! Thanks Cheryl!

      Susan

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  2. I love this! Do you have any trouble with spills getting into the baskets? I've wanted to do something like this forever, but my hubby is afraid of all the spilled drinks that happen on a regular basis. :)

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    1. Hi Bethany! You know we really haven't had a problem with spills--just because the baskets are typically pushed in and are underneath the bench I guess. We have actually been really happy with it. Hope that helps!

      Susan

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  3. Is this strong enough to carry adults weight??

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    1. It totally is! My husband and I both have sit on it many times.

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    2. I just told hubby I want to do this also, that is his biggest concern too! I will have to tell him it is strong! Great post!!

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    3. Glad to help Heather! We use them daily and no problems!

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  4. Brilliant!! I love this idea!! It always makes me so happy when a area of the house is not only super cute, but functional and space saving as well! Great idea with the laminated fabric!!

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    1. Thanks so much Allison! I'm with you: function + cute = LOVE!

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  5. I love this so much! I've seen several different benches made form the bookshelf, and now I'm looking to do the same thing in front of a window.
    I really like how you used particle board as the bottom of the cushion, I hate how cushions slip around...
    Thanks so much for your amazing tutorial!!!

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    1. Thanks Ali! I love the idea of a bench in front of a window. Something so serene about a window seat. Good luck!

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  6. I looooove this so much! I actually really want something similar like this in my room but I don't have the space for it :/

    http://OhHayDesigns.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks OhHAy! Maybe you could find a smaller version/bench? Good luck! And thanks so much for stopping by!

      Susan

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  7. Do you remember the size fabric you ordered? I want to order before I buy the book cases

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    1. Hi there! You know I bought a little more than I needed just to be safe and then used the rest for my chairs. I think I ordered 4 yards but 2 and a half to 3 should do it! The benches are 72 inches long and then I used 2 inch foam for the cushion.

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  8. By chance do you know how tall your table is? I really want to try this but I use a counter height butcher block for my table and worry this might be too short for it. Can you help?
    Thanks
    Ashley

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    1. Hi Ashley! The table sits at about 30.5" high. The bench (with plywood and 2" foam) sits at about 19" high. Hope that helps!

      Susan

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    2. I believe there are little legs you can purchase as an add on (from IKEA) if you want a little more height!

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  9. Hello! I love this idea!
    Just wondering how it holds up nearly 2 years on? Does it cope with the weight of several adults?
    Thanks
    Fay

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    1. Hi Fay! She's still kicking and going strong. Use it every day!

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  10. I love your table! Where is it from?

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