How to build a bench for a banquette

I needed some seating for my small dining room and have always wanted banquette seating so I designed and built a bench with MDF. You'll see in this video how easy it was to build  - I had all the pieces cut at the hardware store and putting together everything only required a drill and a few hand tools! I added an upholstered panel and wall panels that I also made and used an inexpensive dining table and chairs from IKEA (which I also got a makeover!) to complete the seating area. It took a while to complete the whole thing but I love it!


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  1. Chantal

    Allo Isabelle
    Bravo! again for a great diy. Seeing you doing all this wonderful stuff shows me I shouldn’t wait for my hubby to do it for me 🙂 Merci!

    • Isabelle

      Allo Chantal! Merci bien 🙂 Indeed, there’s absolutely no need to wait to anyone! You can do it 🙂

  2. Rachel

    You never fail to impress and I’m so excited for the next episode! Will we see you on TV soon? I sure hope so!

    • Isabelle

      Thank you so much, Rachel! I hope so too, being on TV would be amazing!

  3. DELMY

    Very beautiful. I love the bench and the fabric you used. I absolutely love your videos, I am on your site every other day waiting for a new one. =)

  4. trice

    Wow! Thank you so much…your projects never cease to amaze me. You give me confidence and the PDFs are icing on the already good cake!! Keep up the good work and I pray for your continued success. Oh, I just knee the back part of the seat was next. It’s like a good TV series for me…the suspense is real…lol! Thank you.

    • Isabelle

      That’s so great to hear, and I’m happy that the pdf’s are helpful! I split up the projects to make things easier for watching but I can see how it would create some suspense LOL! Thank you for watching and for sticking around for the “to be continued”….!

  5. trice

    Sorry supposed to say ‘knew how to build the back’…

  6. Denise

    Wow, you are so impressive. I so look forward to your ideas. I share this one in particular with my sister who wants to create a bench seating area in her kitchen.

    Always looking forward to the next episode.

    • Isabelle

      Thank you so much Denise for your kind words and thanks for watching!

  7. Mag

    I’ve clicked the subscribe button before you finish talking. It’s too good!

  8. Jenny Long

    I just wanted to tell you I love all your projects that you are sharing with everyone. This is really a wonderful project. I can not wait until your next show. Keep up the great work.

  9. Rie

    Your video inspired me to build an entry bench with a shoe-rack and a matching mirror-frame. I made the depths of the bench a little narrower, but used your measurement for the rest. Thank you for sharing your great ideas!

    • Isabelle

      Wow, thank you so much for sharing your project with me Rie! I love it! I love the addition of the shoe rack to the bench and the mirror looks great too! Do you mind if I share it with others on FB and Pinterest? I know they will be inspired with your project as well. Thanks again for sharing!


      • Rie

        Of course please feel free to share!! Thank you for your feedback – I recently started DIY, and having great time watching your videos 🙂

  10. Elena

    Nice work!!! Really makes me want to make something!!! And I have never even held a drill in my hands! 🙂

    • Isabelle

      Thanks Elena! It’s really fun to build something, you should give it a try 🙂

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