Have you ever ever wished one thing to your dwelling that felt a little bit bit loopy, buuut you actually wished it, so that you simply made it occur anyway? That’s principally how I felt about my pink velvet banquette in our newly renovated kitchen.
I knew I wished some sort of breakfast nook since we had a nook of our kitchen that didn’t make sense as cupboards or further countertop space.
When the thought of a banquette got here to me, I knew I wished to do it in the identical vibe as the stunning (and really Pinterest-worthy) Sketch restaurant in London. Pink velvet was a should, and I assumed I’d throw in some channel tufting to make it really feel a little bit extra particular.
Fortunately, I used to be accustomed to Mandi’s Channel Tufted Storage Banquette from a number of years again, and I assumed that may be an awesome begin to the undertaking.
Having the sales space sit in an L-shaped nook with uncovered ends (moderately than cowl a straight wall part end-to-end like Mandi had) posed its personal challenges.
However after sufficient trial and error—and I used to be capable of get all of it found out—you’ll be able to take or depart whichever steps you want based mostly on the form and space you’re including a banquette to.
-velvet upholstery material (I used between 6-7 yards of this fabric in Bowie pink)
–batting to go between your velvet and foam
-6″ pine boards for backing of every half spherical bolster
–half round bolsters (I used 6″ large bolsters and you’ll electronic mail them to ask them to chop them in half for you)
–metal strap ties (I used 8 with 4 on every part)
–upholstery foam (is available in totally different thicknesses however I used the three″)
-plywood for base of seat
-sewing machine (optionally available relying on form of cushions you want)
–jig saw or circular saw for reducing straight cuts on a plywood seat base or 3/4″ boards
–miter saw in case you have a nook banquette to chop your 3/4″ boards at a forty five° angle
-staple gun (electric recommended)
–construction adhesive (optionally available)
-L-shaped nook braces (I used a number of of these 1 1/2″ brace packs)
-3″ or 4″ trim boards to trim out your banquette (optionally available)
Make the Seat Base: First, I wanted to get a big plywood board and reduce it all the way down to the form of my L-shaped seat space. We had the bottom cupboards put in after we acquired the remainder of our kitchen cupboards put in, so I simply constructed on prime of these (Mandi’s banquette post reveals you find out how to construct a backside if you wish to construct your personal).
I wished the seat to hold over from the entrance and facet edges of the seat about 1″, so I made positive that overhang was there as effectively. Then, I reduce out the form with a jig noticed.
You too can use a big piece of cardboard to make a cardboard template first (like I did to hint onto the wooden) if you wish to, however make sure it suits earlier than reducing the wooden. Extremely advocate!
As soon as the wooden was reduce, I put two items of seat foam subsequent to one another to make an L form and marked the place they need to be trimmed with a marker to suit the form of the seat.
For reducing foam, both an electric bread knife or a typical bread knife are the very best for slicing by means of the inexperienced upholstery foam.
Cowl the Seat: As soon as the seat was formed, it was time to cowl it in velvet. In case you have a straight bench with no nook to show, you’ll be able to principally flip your seat the other way up and place it foam facet first onto the underside of your velvet material with some batting in between the velvet and foam layers.
Your material might be face down on the ground with batting on prime, after which the the other way up seat might be on prime of that.
For a no-sew choice, you’ll be able to merely pull and wrap the material up and over the edges of the seat and staple in place on the plywood each few inches to maintain it in place. Then, wrap the corners like a gift. You possibly can see how Kara did that on this DIY Color Blocked Velvet Bench tutorial.
You possibly can see that my L-shaped cushion has a seam the place the 2 sides meet within the center at a forty five° angle, so I needed to pin and stitch my material collectively alongside that line first after which wrap and staple it to the underboard.
That assembly level the place it waterfalls down the entrance of cushion generally is a tough level, however you’ll be able to both fold and staple the surplus below to get it as clean as you’ll be able to, or you’ll be able to attempt to pin the surplus on the again facet.
Then, sew a seam down the entrance like I did so you’ll be able to reduce away bulk extra so it appears a little bit smoother. It’s not excellent for positive (I want I used to be a grasp seamstress in occasions like this!), however it works effectively sufficient to get the job performed.
I wished the uncovered nook to look extra completed on mine, so I did the wrap-and-staple methodology I point out above on all of the hidden corners. I pinned and sewed a box corner on the one uncovered nook to offer it a extra polished look earlier than folding the additional material below to staple.
*Observe: Keep in mind, in case you use velvet, take note of which route the grain goes when attaching it so it’s all flowing the identical route when connected!
Minimize the Wooden/Foam Sections: As soon as the bench backside was full, it was time to maneuver onto the channel tufted part! I took my 3/4″ thick boards that had been the identical dimension as my half spherical bolsters and reduce them to the lengths of my left and proper prime sections (3 for both sides).
Since I’ve a nook to cope with, I additionally mitered the boards at a forty five° angle on the perimeters the place they might meet within the center.
Then, I laid the half spherical bolsters on prime of the boards (you should utilize some tape to get them to remain on the board briefly) and reduce them down to suit the boards. I reduce the straight outdoors edge first (or simply lined it up with an current finish of a bolster).
Then, for the mitered 45° angle facet within the center, I might reduce it straight, maintain it up the place it was happening the wall, after which use the knife to eyeball a forty five° angle reduce such as you see above.
Wrap the Sections: As soon as the froth was reduce for the channel tufted items, I put strips of velvet I had pre-cut on the ground.
The strips had been lengthy and large sufficient to to cowl the entrance and might be wrapped across the again to staple face down. Then, I added a layer of batting, and my board with the froth (foam facet down).
For the mitered edges that meet within the center nook, I folded the material a number of occasions and stapled it beneath.
I additionally did the identical for outdoor edges that wouldn’t be seen (the proper facet of the banquette runs into our cupboards), however you are able to do this wrapping methodology for any seen edges as effectively in case you don’t thoughts the look.
For my edges that had been seen, I made a decision to stitch these as a substitute of fold and staple like above for a cleaner look. I made a half circle piece a little bit greater than my foam bolster semi-circle and pinned and sewed that onto the sting of my material (proper sides collectively when pinning and stitching).
I left further material below the semi-circle when reducing the template so I had further material to fold over and staple.
As soon as it was sewn and flipped proper facet out, it seemed prefer it does above and I might match that over the tip of the froth. Then, I folded/stapled the additional material beneath for a cleaner finish look.
You are able to do both methodology relying in your stitching expertise, but when your ends are hidden, I might positively do the sooner folding/stapling methodology moderately than stitching.
Connect the Again Sections Collectively: As soon as my three sections had been lined in velvet, I used my steel strap ties to connect the sections collectively for every grouping of three.
I let the strap tie cling over on the backside so I might screw that half into the wall to carry the underside part in place.
Put together the Wall: Then I used painter’s tape to mark about the place I wished the highest of the banquette part to hit (I used to be making an attempt to make it even with the marble windowsill ledge on the proper facet of the banquette).
I put some L-shaped brackets there to carry the highest of the banquette in place and provides me one thing to connect my remaining wooden trim to.
Connect Again Sections to Wall: It will be best to screw within the again sections first after which slide in your seat cushion, however I needed to put my seat again in earlier than the again proper part. My kitchen counter was in the way in which of angling it again in correctly after the again was on.
Add Wooden Trim (optionally available): You possibly can see that my again part is in and the highest L-brackets are holding the highest in place, however the partitions in our older dwelling aren’t precisely straight, so there was a spot the place the wall curves inward fairly a bit in that space.
Moreover rebuilding the entire wall correctly, my best choice was to cover that hole with some wooden trim that goes up the facet of the banquette and follows the curve of the wall (and painted the identical colour because the wall) to assist disguise the problem.
I put a 4″ board on prime of my banquette and used a compass that was mounted to the scale of the widest a part of the hole to hint alongside the wall. Then, I scribed a line onto the wooden of the place I ought to reduce it with my jig noticed for an ideal match.
This is a great video that reveals you precisely find out how to do it with only a pencil or small block of wooden.
As soon as I had the highest board scribed, I might use my miter noticed to chop the opposite items to suit the opposite gaps I wished to cowl, glued them along with wooden glue, painted it white, after which put in it on prime of the banquette brackets.
You can screw/nail it into the wooden backing of the banquette sections and even glue it onto the steel brackets as effectively.
Observe: In the event you don’t have to cowl any wall gaps like I did, you’ll be able to merely use development adhesive to connect these panels to a wall or consult with Mandi’s banquette post in case you are going from one facet of the wall all the way in which to the opposite for finest practices there.
I’ll say that this was a marathon of a undertaking for me and a number of problem-solving with our specific house and the nook part, windowsill on one facet, countertop edges in the way in which, and uneven partitions.
The entire thing was dragged out for nearly a 12 months in between different initiatives within the space/kitchen, however I can’t inform you what a aid it’s to have it performed and it got here out so stunning that it actually was price all of the work that went into it.
Simply this morning my daughter was sitting on the banquette and coloring in her pjs, and it simply gave a little bit shot of pleasure to my morning to see her there (and I find it irresistible with that star rug proper in entrance of it.
Hope this evokes you to make your personal banquette or to go for a DIY undertaking that can brighten up your house! xo. Laura
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