DIY How to Build a Kitchen Nook

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Hey everyone! In this How to I am going to show you a few ways to save money when building a kitchen nook. a lot of money actually because these few tips allow you to only need half the material. hope you enjoy it!

Another thing. this is a LARGE project BUT its actually quite simple. Don't let the size of the build scare you. its really just straight cuts and building a rectangle, i promise! plus most hardware stores will do you big (or all) cuts to help if your solo or don't have a table saw!

Find Your Spot!

I have the perfect little corner that hold a nook nicely, but I have also seen a LOT of "nooks" that have just one straight built in bench if you don't have a corner and they are super nice too!

Plan your space with tape

If you are not sure how big to build. Use painters tape and tape off before you confirm a size.

Tip #2 if you are still stuck i suggest building your bigger measurement. From all the designs i have seen, a longer bench always looks better then one thats too small.

Rip your boards.

Next I ripped my boards to 17 inches high and used the excess as the cleat I will add to the wall in the next step.

TIP: I am building around a base board heater so one of my front pieces will have small vents cut out on the bottom for airflow.

Attach Your Cleat

Use a stud finder and attach your cleat to your studs at the level that you chose for your benches. This is where you will later attach your hinge.


Measure and cut your sides. If you are building around a heater then allow for the heater to be accessed. In this step you'll see where I cut out the vents on the bottom for airflow.

Storage Lid.

Measure and cut your lid to size. if you want your benches to have storage then set your table saw to 3 inches and rip the lid length ways , sand and attach a hinge!

Prime and Paint

Once everything is sanded you can prime and paint (or stain) your nook.

I used BIN123 primer its my favorite one I've used.


Your all done! Next DIY i will show you how to make these cushions for under 50$ without sewing!

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  • Slinduer Gilliam Slinduer Gilliam on May 03, 2020

    Oh, what a blessing you are! This came out perfect! I have been trying to figure out how to diy, a nook for my small kitchen corner. Thank you, so much.

  • Jillian Williams Jillian Williams on Mar 16, 2021

    Is it possible for one person to make by themselves with NO experience???

  • Teresa Ross Teresa Ross on Apr 26, 2022

    Did you add anything to the sides to hold the top up when you are adding or removing things from the storage to prevent it from slamming shut and getting fingers smashed? That would be my luck! Thanks! I want to do this to my someday kitchen.

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  • Di Di on Mar 17, 2021

    Nice job. I’m impressed. Really makes the space so much better.

  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Apr 26, 2022

    This is so awesome. I love this nook area you created. Such a great way to utilize a corner that might of ended up as a catchall area., A great job. Love the idea of having storage under the bench for pillows, etc. Also love the table. A job well done.