A Renter-Friendly Dining Nook That You Can Take From House To House

LOOK!! One other enjoyable peek at my condo earlier than it goes dwell!! At this time I’m exhibiting you one in all my favourite corners of my 500 sqft condo (unstyled, in fact, you’ll have to come back again for the total reveal for the entire fairly fairly pictures…other than the one above!!). It’s my nearly no-effort, renter-friendly DIY eating nook!! I see so many unimaginable {custom}, built-in eating nooks on Instagram and in design magazines, however I wished to create one which’s renter-friendly that we will take with us and repurpose as we go home to accommodate (as a result of we gained’t be on this studio condo eternally). This DIY is the exact opposite of my mattress wall (which took LOTS of effort and plenty of o’ days) and it maximized my small area SO a lot I can’t even let you know. I spend nearly all of my time sitting at this nook whether or not it’s working from house or internet hosting a cocktail party (we’ve match as much as 7 individuals at this desk earlier than lol). It’s {custom}, cool, and hopefully, it evokes you to strive one thing comparable in case you have an empty nook that’s in want of maximizing!! 

Now I’d prefer to level out that this eating nook is on the splurgey facet as a result of I set to work with some INCREDIBLE manufacturers that I wouldn’t have been in a position to work with if it wasn’t for this unimaginable job I’m so fortunate to have. Due to this, I’m gonna hyperlink some extra inexpensive choices as effectively and a few extra funds DIY variations if you wish to give this a stab in your personal area for much less cheddar. ALSO, notice I’ve no area to chop wooden/use an actual noticed/and so forth so this tutorial is a non-messy, pretty hands-off solution to get a eating nook look in your condo with out custom-making a bench and whatnot. Plus it has storage. OKAY, ENOUGH SPOILERS LET’S JUST GET DOWN INTO THE NITTY GRITTY!!!!

First off, right here’s the nook of my studio condo I’m speaking about right this moment:

The Inspo

picture through gracias madre

Certainly one of my fav spots in LA is Gracias Madre and once I first moved right here we went for a chew to eat and instantly fell in love with the again cushions (peep them behind this picture above). The delicate gray pinstripe with the distinction of the cognac leather-based SPOKE to me. On the time we had no desk to eat meals in our condo, so we dreamt of bringing a model of this setup house. SPOILER: That’s precisely what we did and right here’s how we did it!!!

Let’s get into the step-by-step on how I created this nook. It’s really easy you guys WATCH THIS!!! (simply await the advert to play)

So the very first thing I did was create a rendering (I like a Photoshop second) so let me present you the imaginative and prescient:

Benches | Cushions | Material | Curtain rods | U-Brackets | Eating desk | Pendant Mild (comparable)

Now let’s break down the way it really got here to life:

Step One: Order The Base Benches (And Be Certain To Measure, Measure, Measure!!)

When looking for base benches, I wished to seek out one thing that A. Had storage B. Got here in 2 completely different sizes (to be extra sq. and never too lengthy on one facet) and C. Was sturdy sufficient to carry individuals and D. Seemed cute, in fact. The laundry checklist was lengthy and the search took some time however as soon as I discovered these Line benches from Design Inside Attain I knew they had been the PERFECT!!!!

I ordered one small and one giant bench in black and the standard is insane. They’ve a ton of space for storing (which is crucial for my 500 sqft condo that solely has one closet) and a comfortable shut (who doesn’t love a comfortable shut). You might be considering: wait, aren’t benches all completely different heights?? How do you know what top to get? Why sure Kathy, that is true. These benches are 15.5 inches excessive which is way decrease than a eating chair ought to ideally be. That’s why I wished to seek out cushions that had been not less than 3-4 inches thick and I knew I wished them to have a snug again cushion to match. I obtained LUCKY find the proper firm to create my cushions…which takes us to step two!!

Step Two: Order Cushions

After the benches arrived, I posted in our trusty Hyperlink Up asking for assistance on how one can DIY {custom} cushions or the place to seek out somebody who might make them. The subsequent day I acquired an unimaginable e mail from the beautiful Taylor, who set me up with the corporate Stitchroom. Y’all this firm is IT (simply have a look at their work on their IG!!!) I used to be instantly blown away and was so fortunate that they had been in a position to create the proper cushions with the leather-based straps already connected!! They despatched me some unimaginable cloth selections and I ended up going with this Schumacher ticking stripe cloth (the one on the far left within the beneath picture):

After which for the leather-based straps, we went with the saddle coloration proven beneath. In the event you’re curious right here had been our choices!

The subsequent step was to determine the scale of the cushions. We wished it to be comfy and excessive sufficient the place the bar wouldn’t hit you in the midst of your again, so we ended up going fairly excessive with the again cushions. I don’t remorse it AT ALL as a result of if you’re on this nook you actually really feel enveloped in it and it’s soooo cozy. In the event you’re inquisitive about particular dimensions, I’ll connect the precise ones I despatched to Stitchroom beneath!!

One factor I didn’t consider beforehand was the seat depth – if you put the highest cushions on it’s vital to keep in mind that you lose 4″ of your seat, so due to this we scooched our benches out from the wall a hair after we put in the cushions (which you don’t even discover) and it makes it a bit of simpler to lean again and actually get comfortable. I additionally work at home on this spot and like to sit down criss-cross-apple-sauce typically so having a deep seat right here is very nice. It’s actually been nice having the freestanding benches so we’ve got the flexibleness to maneuver the whole lot round (simply be sure that in case you’re a “construct the bench into the wall sort of particular person” that you just keep in mind that the cushions will make you lose seat depth!)


Step Three: Velcro The Backside Cushions To The Base + Grasp The Prime Cushions

That is the simplest half actually!! To begin, I took some velcro and secured it to the bench after which matched it on the underside of the cushion. It’s held up pretty effectively and makes it so the cushions don’t slip!

Then for the highest, I discovered this $30 adjustable curtain rod from Goal and hung up the highest cushions with command strips (for a second) to verify the position was all good to go. As soon as we had been pleased with the position, I ordered these inexpensive U-shaped brackets to hold the curtain rods with. Now if you wish to go {custom} and have somebody reduce down a black metallic pole completely to measurement so it seems to be cleaner by all means be my visitor!! I selected to go the simple and cheap route and I like the best way it turned out. Notice the pole is way skinnier than the opening for the bracket however actually nobody notices and I don’t thoughts, however if you wish to discover one that matches completely that’s additionally nice!! Simply need to provide you with all of the deets 🙂

After which end it off with a enjoyable gallery wall, a pendant mild, a desk, and a cool chair and that is what you’re left with!!

Benches | Cushions | Material | Curtain Rods | U-Brackets | Credenza | Candelabra | Rug

VOILA!!!! The very best half about that is that I might copy and paste this into a whole lot of completely different residences I transfer into all through the years OR I might separate the benches and use one or two in an entryway, or on the base of a mattress, and so forth. Then prime cushions may very well be reworked right into a headboard in the best area or I’m positive we might discover one other use for them. The primary idea that I attempted to stay to all through this condo is that the whole lot is versatile and might transfer and develop with us (which is an idea everybody ought to take for giant funding items!!) I’m excited to share extra on how this mission was achieved on this area within the reveal (coming Monday!!) however for now, drop any questions you might need within the feedback and I’ll be there to reply them!! Thanks for coming alongside on this journey, I can’t wait to indicate you the remainder of the area!!!


Opening Picture Credit score: Design by Mallory Wackerman | Styled by Emily Bowser | Picture by Veronica Crawford

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