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Installing a Banquette: Install the Doors and Bead Board

A banquette adds fun and flavor to a home. Follow these instructions and get one step closer to a completed banquette

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install doors and bead board to banquette
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Apply the Adhesive to the Panels

If possible, purchase two decorative end panels that match your kitchen cabinets for the ends of the cabinet. Generously apply construction adhesive on the backs of the end panels. Just apply the adhesive in the center area of the panel only. You do not want to excessive adhesive at the edges.

apply adhesive to end panels

Step 2: Position the Panels Into Place

Place the panel on each side of the ends of the seating. Hold the panel in place, and do not let it move as you place painters tape around — making sure it is nice and tight Leave the tape on until the adhesive completely dries.

position panels in place

Step 3: Install the Hinges

Apply the hidden hinges to the back of the door panels (panels that have the precut circular hole). Place the hinge into the hole and make sure it is straight and then screw the hinge in place.

Note: It is easier to predrill a hole on finished cabinets before you screw the hinges in place.

apply hidden hinges to back of door panel

Step 4: Install the Doors

Cut a 2" x 4' to the height that you want to install your doors to use as a guide (Image 1). Mark the wood where the screws will go and then screw the hinges in place. Use the adjusting screws on the hinges to make any minor changes in leveling the doors.

Once the doors are up, install the hands. First, use a nail to make an indention on the face of the door so the drill bit won't scratch the finish (Image 2). Once you have predrilled the holes, install the handles.

Tip: Once you get all your cabinet doors installed and adjusted, it is always a good idea to step back a couple of feet to get an overall perspective. If all your doors are level and your doors are parallel, you have done a good job.

Step 5: Put the Seat Together

To define the seating area, add bead board along the walls. Once you determine the desired height you want the bead board to be, measure for the first piece and cut it with a circular saw. Measure the first piece beside your first window. Put construction adhesive on the back and place the bead board on the wall and press it to smooth the adhesive out.

Nail it in place on the corners and the edges. Work your way from the window to the nearest end and then continue around the wall — this will make it easier to fit the first corner together. The pieces will butt up next to each other as you move around the wall. Do one panel at a time

define seating area with bead board

Step 6: Install the Bead Board

At the corners, miter the joints just as you did for the base and seat top. Cut the bead board on a 22-1/2 degree angle to make everything fit as close as possible.

Tip: Whenever you are cutting decorative paneling or any type of sheeting with a finished side, turn the finished side down. By doing this, the saw blade will pull towards the backside and any splintering will be hidden.

You can't precut the bead board ahead of time, but is worth it when the last board goes up. After installing the bead board, countersink any nails sticking up, putty the nail holes, caulk along the seams and give it a good coat of paint.