How to Build a Kitchen Hutch
A kitchen hutch can be a fantastic addition to any kitchen or dining room, adding additional working space, organizational features and convenience. Hutches allow for display of your dishes in an aesthetically pleasing way, and building your own hutch allows you to choose materials and shapes that perfectly suit the space available and the look that you envision. This is a moderate to difficult carpentry project, and some experience with carpentry, carpentry plans and carpentry tools is generally recommended before beginning this project.
Step 1 - Choose a Space for Your Hutch
The space you have available will determine the dimensions of your hutch. Make sure that the space is an accessible area that will be utilized as well as beautiful; the counter space you gain by building a hutch should not be buried in an unreachable corner. Once you have chosen a space, measure it and compare those measurements against your needs. Is this a feasible space to meet all of your storage needs? Make sure that the hutch does not block smooth movement from your kitchen to your dining room.
Step 2 – Create the Base and Frame
Use your saw to cut a rectangular base of furring strips. Screw together the frame, using solid wood screws—it's important that the base be strong, because it is the foundation of the hutch's frame.
Step 3 – Attach Furring Strips to the Studs
Hutches are usually built in, and rely on the connection between the furring strips and the wall studs to maintain their structure. Use a stud finder to locate the studs. Place the furring strips horizontally across the studs and secure them with screws.
Step 4 – Install Shelves and Sidewalls
Install walls by screwing them to the base frame and the furring strips along the wall. Install shelves along the horizontal furring strips, securing them from below through the strips themselves, and on the sides to the walls. Use your drill to create indented holes in the hutch walls, so that you can use wood caps to cover the screw connections later. This results in an open kitchen hutch; if you want a closed hutch, it will be necessary to complete one more step
Step 5 – Install Doors
There are 2 options for doors; either you can purchase prefab doors that will fit your hutch, or cut the doors yourself by measuring the opening and leaving room for hinges. Most hinges will include instructions that specify how much space they need to operate properly. Measure the location for the hinges carefully when installing on the door and cabinet, and use a level to insure that they will line up with one another and shut and open easily. For finishing touches, crown moulding can be added along the top and bottom of the hutch. Moulding is attached with small wood nails.