Not too long ago I turned our Dining Room/ Area into a Music Room/ Office/ Guest Room/ Mud Room so that left no room for a dining table. What is a family of 6 supposed to do when we want to eat? I tossed around the idea of tv trays or a folding table, but didn't like that it was too casual. Someone was bound to turn the TV on and there would be no conversation. I don't like that!
I had already built a tiny table using 1 x 8 boards and Ikea legs for the kids to eat in the kitchen. I really wanted benches, but my nook has 2 uneven sides since there is a doorway on one side. I thought about building in a banquette, but one side has a cabinet that I need to get access to. Well, building my own benches was the answer. I found this super simple bench on Ana White and decided to go for it, tweaking the dimensions so I could have custom sizes.
Then I expanded on the existing table by adding 3 more 1 x 8 boards. Now the trick to this table was that I attached it to the wall using shelf brackets. It made it much more solid. I moved around the legs a bit on the original table for better support.
Here's the final product.
Now I'm able to put the 6 year olds on the small bench, my husband and I on the larger bench, and the teenage boys on the chairs.
If we have a dinner party I just pull out a folding table with and put a bunch of chairs around it in the living room or dining room. Works like a charm.