Can you use additional seating for the kids? I will show you how to make a kid's corner table bench, perfect for a corner in the dining room or playroom.
I have had a headboard and footboard in my storage shed for quite a while now. Maybe even a couple of years. It wasn't sturdy enough to make a regular bench with the pieces. I saw a great bench at Running With Scissors, and it inspired me to make this cute little corner table bench or banquette.
I picked up this really long board. It was 12 feet long. I had no place to store it, so I got busy making this bench and cut this monster down to size.
Rough design of corner table bench
Using my miter saw, I cut it at a 45-degree angle and worked on making some pieces to skirt it out.
Use a small block to mock up table legs
Because I knew I was going to be using 4x4 posts, I cut a small block to use as a guide.
Connect 45° boards with pocket hole screws
I connected the two pieces of board with pocket hole screws made with my Kreg Jig. Using a speed square ensures a good "square" joint.
Need more details on using a Kreg Jig? See my article How to use a Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
The bed pieces had some pegs sticking out of them, so I rested the boards on them to get a "dry fit".
Cut corner table bench legs to size
That allowed me to measure and cut the legs to size. I marked the placement of the legs on the bottom of the seat.
Attach corner bench legs with pocket holes and wood glue
I attached the 4x4 posts with pocket hole screws and Gorilla Wood Glue.
Fill in the gap with scrap boards
It's looking good, but if you look closely, you can see a gap between the seat and the bed. I filled it in with a 1x4 that I cut to size and screwed into place.
Here, you can see the 1x4's in place. You could notch your seat to fill this void if you plan ahead.
Add an apron or skirt to the corner bench
In this picture, I have attached the front skirt on each side. I used 1x4s and attached them with pocket hole screws. You can see the two end pieces lying on the seat, with pocket holes drilled, and ready to attach.
Paint underneath of kid's corner bench
After all of that, it was ready for some primer. A piece like this is easy to paint with my Finish Max. This view of the underneath shows many of the construction details of building a corner bench.
Paint red topcoat
You can see that I used my red oops paint to paint the corner table and bench.
I think it's perfect for a large dining room for the "kids" table. Great for meals and/or homework. It would also work great in a playroom for arts and crafts! If you're handy with sewing, you could even add cushions.
I made the table from scratch; you can see it in the post DIY Kids Table.
Here are a few updated pictures:
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.