But, we've never had that little nook. So I started thinking of ways to create it.
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First my husband put bead board on the wall in our kitchen dining area. I love bead board, and decided this steel blue would look great. The bead board is higher than a "chair rail" to serve as a back drop for the booth.
Next, we explored all sorts of possibilities for the booth seating:
1.Buying a booth ready-made--expensive and very limited styles
2. Buying ready-made kitchen cabinets and using them on the floor as a base (which several experts told us would not support the weight over time)
3. Building seats
Then, one day in IKEA I decided using IKEA ottomans would work. So we bought four and then realized they were slightly too short for sitting at a table. We could have taken them back, but they were so perfect in other ways...comfortable and useful for storage...so my husband devised this way of giving them height. He built these stands for them.
He painted them blue so they wouldn't look so obvious...
A close-up of how they are put together.
Then we placed them on the floor in the configuration we wanted.
My husband made one stand to support 2 ottomans and two separate stands so we could reconfigure the booth a number of different ways.
Here's how the process went
Notice the great storage in each ottoman...I keep my decor items in them.
I've had this booth for two years and never had to wash the covers although they are completely removable and washable and you can also buy new covers for them.
I choose this deep denim blue and my daughter thought I'd made a mistake, but they have been grandchild tested by her 4 children who eat and do crafts and play on this booth often. This is how the covers look now (after 2 years of use). When they get food spots on them, I simply wash them off with a damp rag.
I've configured the booth several different ways in the last 2 years, but I like this way best.
Buying 4 ottomans is the expensive part of this booth, but they really have proven worth the money...they are comfortable, cleanable, durable and provide lots of storage. Also, I can move them to another location and use them as ottomans. They actually match several of the covers for my IKEA couches (see HERE). By the way, I don't get any reimbursement from IKEA for this glowing review--wish I did : )
I found these two patio furniture pads at IKEA also, but they are available everywhere. I think I paid about $25 each. They aren't a perfect size (a couple of inches too long on both sides), but close enough.
Then two IKEA tables finish the booth. It's hard to find pedestal tables that work for a booth...you can't have regular four legged tables or you won't be able to get in and out easily. These are durable with plastic tops which makes them great for the grandkids, but I can see us investing in some nicer wooden ones when the grandchildren get older.
Lastly, we bought a Value City bench...I think it was about $125, and it's been perfect. This is the second seat cover it's had and it won't be it's last with my messy grandchildren : ) But it's easy to recover. The dark booth covers are much more practical for hiding stains, but I like the contrast in color and the brightness it adds to the booth.
This is one of the most popular areas in our home.
I have a vintage school desk next to the booth, where I store big board books, paper dolls, and puzzles for my grandkids.