DIY Counter Height Bench

Hello friends! Thanks so much for all the love on our recent kitchen remodel post. It feels so good to have a space that truly reflects my taste.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the bench at our kitchen island. I was so tired of barstools being scattered all around the house and never being tucked in straight even when they were at the island. I also searched the entire internet looking for new barstools, but didn’t really love anything enough to pull the trigger. So I decided to do what I always do and DIY it!


Put a bench at the kitchen island instead of bar stools

Today I’m sharing the free building plans over on the Home Depot Blog so be sure to head over there to check it out.


  1. Hey your bench looks great! I’m building it right now and it seems some of the measurements on the blog don’t add up. The substructure side pieces are listed at 46 1/2 in. long, Are you sure they shouldn’t be shorter? I ask because the spacing of the cross pieces doesn’t add up correctly to 46 1/2 (5 1/4 + 11 1/2 + 11 1/2 + 11 1/2 + 5 1/4). Instead of equaling 46 1/2 inches it seems the substructure side pieces should be 45 in. With the two added end pieces (3/4 in. a apiece) then it should equal 46 1/2. Am I missing something?


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