DIY: Using IKEA Cabinets for a Kitchen Storage Bench

No matter how hard I try, I don't like to cook. So, in hopes of luring myself into the kitchen, I've created the atmosphere to feel more like an extension of my living space than a kitchen. In that spirit, I wanted a place to lounge by the kitchen window — the one that gets the most delicious winter sunlight. I'm always brainstorming ways to use off-the-shelf products for faux custom solutions for myself and my clients.

I had already put together my IKEA kitchen by the time the craving for a lounging spot came along. I dismissed the idea of a Craigslist loveseat because I didn't want to lose the potential for storage in the nook where I also wanted to lounge.

After a little poking around, it dawned on me that the IKEA cabinets that are typically used for over the fridge storage would be the perfect size and a reasonable price. I bought a foam cushion from Joann Fabrics that fit the footprint of the bench perfectly. Then I bought some brown fabric from the bargain basement at Zimman's in Lynn. And finally, I decided to treat myself to having the cushion upholstered by the affordable Melo and Sons Upholstery (historically, I've sewn or tacked together cushion covers myself that looked shoddy at best).

I'm delighted with the result! I use this nook a LOT and so do my visitors. Unfortunately, I still don't like to cook.

Kyle Freeman, Interior Redesigner & Professional Organizer of Cloud 9 Organize & Redesign

(Images: Kyle Freeman)

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