How to Build a DIY Breakfast Nook

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Build a DIY pantry and you can enjoy coffee, breakfast, and light meals with friends and family while hiding in a corner of your kitchen or dining room.

It is the perfect place to socialize or for a moment of silence. This breakfast nook is easy to build, uses simple materials found at your local residential center, and can be completed in just a few days.

DIY Breakfast Nook Features

  • Wood Veneer Uses: Countertop fronts are lined with plywood, which is coated with factory-applied hardwood veneers. All you need to do is cut and install the plywood; the lining is already done for you.
  • Simple: all materials can be purchased in the center of your home or in the lumberyard. The frame is made two by four and the edges are cut one by four.
  • Inexpensive - Since the back sides of the countertops face the walls, there is no need to cover them with veneer. Eliminating this step saves costs and time.
  • Personalized cushions: the cushions can be upholstered with any fabric of your choice.

Scheduling Your Project

Although the construction of the corner takes only a few hours, you will need to consider the various layers of paint and coating. Due to the slow cure time of oil-based polyurethane, this will take two to three days. Make sure each coat is fully cured before applying the next.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • 3-inch screws
  • 1-1/4-inch screws
  • 1-inch screws
  • Wood clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Electric nailer
  • Framing square
  • Table saw
  • Electric miter saw
  • Hand saw
  • Staple gun
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil


  • 8 two-by-fours
  • 2 one-by-fours
  • 2 veneer finished plywood sheets, 4-foot by 8-foot
  • Foam rubber
  • Polyester upholstery batting
  • Fabric (for cushions)
  • Wood stain
  • Polyurethane coating, oil-based spray


1. Cut off the top and bottom of the bench.

Cut the two by four into 8 sections, each 5 feet long. From the scraps, cut 8 two-by-four pieces, each 18 inches long.

2. Build the top and bottom of the bench.

Assemble the two-by-four cut into four rectangles: the 5-foot pieces that make up the two long sides of the rectangle and the 18-inch pieces that make up the sides. Screw these together.

3. Build vertical bench stands

Cut two more by four into 8 pieces, each 18 inches long. Using screws, fix them to the inside of the two rectangles. At this point, each bench should have a rectangle at the bottom as a base, four 18-inch vertical risers, and another rectangle at the top that lines up with the top of the risers.

4. Facing the benches with plywood

Cut two pieces of plywood 5 feet by 18 inches each. Cut two more 18-by-18-inch pieces. Nail the long pieces to the fronts of the frames built in the previous step. Nail the two side pieces to the left of one edge and to the right of the other edge.

5. Attach the banks

Place the benches in an L shape. Inside, screw the benches together with the 3-inch screws.

6. Trim the corners of the bench

Since the two outer corners of the countertops are made of raw plywood, they need to be finished. Cut four pieces one by four, each 18 inches long. Wrap each corner with two pieces, nailing them in place.

7. Make the seat cushions

Cut a piece of plywood the size of the top dimension of one of the benches. Cut the foam rubber to the correct size. Cut the polyester upholstery padding to fit the countertop, plus enough to extend the sides and another 5 cm. Use the quilting as a template to cut the cushion fabric.

Wrap the foam rubber with the padding and the clamp at the bottom. Wrap the cushion fabric around it and re-staple the bottom. Repeat for the second bank.

8. Cut and assemble the tabletop

On the table saw, cut a sheet of plywood in half into two pieces, each piece measuring 1.2 x 1.2 m. Apply wood glue to the faces with the rough varnish finish, then bond and secure on one side with 1-inch screws.

9. Build the table column

At a 45-degree miter angle, cut four pieces of plywood 30 inches long by 12 inches wide. Assemble the pieces to form the table column. Glue all the tips and nails together.

10. Build the table base

Similar to the tabletop, cut two square pieces of plywood, 60 cm each. Glue them and screw on one side.

11. Set the table

Locate the center of the table top (bottom) and the table base (top). Build two two-by-four supports. The size of each bracket should be based on the internal dimension of the table column. Screw these brackets to the bottom of the table and to the top of the base. Slide column onto each bracket and screw or nail sideways.

12. Add table bandage

Cut four pieces of wood, one by four, to fit around the perimeter of the table. Cut each end at a 45-edge angle. Glue and nail to the sides of the tabletop.

13. Stains and protects the breakfast nook

Stain or paint the countertop and table, then apply a coat of polyurethane to protect both items.

Tips For Building a DIY Breakfast Nook

  • Select veneer wood carefully to get the best grain in the wood.
  • Note that veneered wood generally has one side of high-grade veneer and the opposite side of the substandard veneer.
  • When laying the plywood on the countertops, make sure the two pieces of the deck have the best grain because they are more visible.

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