Why Make Custom Nook Furniture?
The area available for this nook was maybe a couple inches short of a standard size of 6 feet. Because a standard item could not be found they asked us to build them custom nook furniture. I had made some cabinets in the past, and like doing challenging things, so we agreed to make the furniture.
Planning the Project
They gave us some pictures they had seen online as a basis for the work. The design called for 2 benches with slanted backs that had a seat that swung up to reveal a storage area beneath. Our design for this custom nook furniture called for 6 rounded feet on each bench and it would be painted white.
A project like this has to be thoroughly planned or you’ll waste a lot of time with missteps. We made up our drawings and cut everything to size according to the plan.
We tried to make the storage area as roomy as possible. It also had to be strong so a few people could sit on a bench without it eventually breaking down. So we designed it with a solid food frame covered by plywood front and back. Then we used poplar board panels on the sides, which were connected to the front and back frames. The frame give strength to the structure as well as providing a solid base to attach the feet.
The inclined back rest was made of solid wood tongue and groove boards for high strength and low profile. This allowed the back to be very shallow so the table width could be maximized. The top was purchased as is and only need a polyurethane finish. It was supported by the inside wall and a single leg on the outside middle. This design would allow someone to slide their feet under the table without having to maneuver them past table legs.
The seat would be made of one solid board and hinged to a smaller board towards the rear of the seat. When we tried to move it we found out that it was not only sturdy but heavy . So heavy, in fact, we didn’t install the backs until the benches were brought into the nook area.
A Beautiful Result
As it turned out it was a nice addition to their brand new kitchen that we had just installed. The trim boards on the bench sides were made similar to the design of the cabinet doors and the white paint matched the woodwork. Please also see carpentry services for what else we can do.