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If you’re a mom or grandma in need of more sitting space around the table, here’s your chance to learn how to build a dining room bench seat. This quick and easy DIY will allow you to replace two dining room chairs with a functional bench and (if we’re talking about fitting little ones) this bench can potentially double your sitting space! 

If you're interested in learning how to build a dining room bench seat you must be a mom or grandma craving for more space around the table. I hear you, girl! There's nothing better than having everyone gathered around the table for a good meal. Read on for a quick and easy way to replace a couple of dining room chairs with a functional bench, and potentially double your sitting space. 

Four years ago, my daughter and her husband moved to Columbus, Ohio for dental school. They left with a 6 month old baby, and returned 4 years later, with two more kids (apparently dental school doesn’t keep you all that busy?). Now a family of 5, they’re starting a new chapter while furnishing a small rental home.

To help, I happily agreed to build them a table and bench for their dine-in kitchen. After all, my love of benches is real! There are several bench tutorials on this blog to prove it. The table though, is still in the works (a.k.a. I had to take a couple of days off because it was causing me grief). It’s the first table I’ve ever built and the learning curve is steep, my friends. Luckily, my daughter isn’t picky.

If you're interested in learning how to build a dining room bench seat you must be a mom or grandma craving for more space around the table. I hear you, girl! There's nothing better than having everyone gathered around the table for a good meal. Read on for a quick and easy way to replace a couple of dining room chairs with a functional bench, and potentially double your sitting space. 

So, here I am, taking a break from the table and showing you how to build a dining room bench. Let’s get started!

How to Build a Dining Room Bench Seat

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As you have probably figured, this bench is not just for the dining room. The possibilities are endless. Entryway, bedroom, or anywhere extra seating is needed.

Materials Needed
(1) 2″ x 12″ Pine wood board cut to desired length. If you are making the matching table, cut the length to 51″ if you want the bench to nest under the table.

Set of metal legs (you can find the ones I used here)

Drill

Sander

Miter Saw  (of have your wood cut at the store)

Finish of choice (I used this stain and this top coat)

Step 1: Cut Board to Size

The seat is made from a 2 x 12 board cut to desired length. Keep these tips in mind as you build your seat.

  • Select a straight board
  • Pay attention to the knots. If you want a cleaner, less rustic look, select a board with fewer knots or choose a different kind of wood.
  • When you’re ready to cut, trim the end of the board first, so you can measure from a square edge.
  • Cut the board the same length as your table to maximize seating space, or cut it 6″ shorter if you want the option to nest the bench under the table.

This bench will (hopefully) sit alongside a matching 3′ x 5′ table. After talking to my daughter we decided to go with a shorter length to have the nesting option, since  the table will be against the wall with the bench underneath, when not in use.

Step 2: Sand the Board

Using a sander smooth out the rough spots. I started with 120 grit and followed with 320 until it was nice and smooth.

If you're looking to learn how to build a dining room bench seat, you must be a mom or grandma craving for more sitting space around the table. There's nothing like having everyone gathered around the table for a good meal. So, I hear you, girl! Read on for a quick and easy DIY and replace a couple of dining room chairs with a functional bench that can potentially double your sitting space. 

I love this sander because as you can see, there are no cords or compressors. It’s small, light weight, and powerful, even though it’s battery operated.


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Step 3: Apply the Finish

At this point, you can apply the stain/paint color of your choice. This is the stain color  I used. I also applied three coats of this top coat. If you want details on how to create a smooth finish with the top coat, be sure to read this post.

If you're looking to learn how to build a dining room bench seat, you must be a mom or grandma craving for more sitting space around the table. There's nothing like having everyone gathered around the table for a good meal. So, I hear you, girl! Read on for a quick and easy DIY and replace a couple of dining room chairs with a functional bench that can potentially double your sitting space. 

Step 4: Attach Hairpin Legs

Once the board is all dry you get to add the jewels of the project. These hairpin legs are a beauty and can be easily attached with a drill and wood screws, included with the legs. I was surprised at how sturdy they are.

If you're looking to learn how to build a dining room bench seat, you must be a mom or grandma craving for more sitting space around the table. There's nothing like having everyone gathered around the table for a good meal. So, I hear you, girl! Read on for a quick and easy DIY and replace a couple of dining room chairs with a functional bench that can potentially double your sitting space. 

It was also super cool that they came with floor protectors

If you're looking to learn how to build a dining room bench seat, you must be a mom or grandma craving for more sitting space around the table. There's nothing like having everyone gathered around the table for a good meal. So, I hear you, girl! Read on for a quick and easy DIY and replace a couple of dining room chairs with a functional bench that can potentially double your sitting space. 

And there you have it. You have a simple, cute, and functional bench you can use anywhere in your home. Are you ready to tackle this simple project? Where in your home will you put it? Let me know in the comments.

If you're looking to learn how to build a dining room bench seat, you must be a mom or grandma craving for more sitting space around the table. There's nothing like having everyone gathered around the table for a good meal. So, I hear you, girl! Read on for a quick and easy DIY and replace a couple of dining room chairs with a functional bench that can potentially double your sitting space. 

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Replace a couple of dining room chairs with this easy DIY functional bench that can potentially double your sitting space. Or use it at the foot of your bed! Or how about the entryway? This easy piece will add extra seating anywhere in your house. Such an easy project. Click for the tutorial, links for the sturdiest hairpin legs and tips on the finish! #diningbench #hairpinbench #hairpinlegs #bedroombench #entrywaybench
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Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to "dare to try". Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.

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