If you have a small space to fill under a window, a custom window seat is the perfect solution. This structure can be built for under $100 and in just a day. Whether it is in a bedroom or at the end of a hallway, the window seat will look attractive. Decorate it with a paint design or use wood trim or accents like wooden initials for a unique result.
You will need:
• ¾ inch birch plywood
• 4×1 poplar
• Wood glue
• Utility knife
• Table saw
• Circular saw
• Laser level
• Tape measure
• Nail gun
• Molding (optional)
Step 1: If the space where the window seat will be installed has a baseboard, remove this using the crowbar and utility knife. It can be recycled for use in front of the seat.
Step 2: Cut four pieces of poplar to form the front, back, and sides of the frame.
Step 3: Use the glue, nails, and nail gun to attach these popular pieces to the wall at a desired height. Align the wood using the laser level. Attach the front piece of wood to the sides.
Step 4: Mark the dimensions for the face and top sections of the window seat on the birch plywood. Use the circular saw to cut these.
Step 5: A storage compartment can be added that features access from the seat. Simply cut out a rectangle from the top piece. Give it a decorative look by rounding the corners. Sand the edges of each piece until they are smooth.
Step 6: To hold this cutout piece into place, create a ledge. Cut two pieces of the poplar the same length as the seat opening. Cut another two pieces a small amount shorter than the opening width. Attach these ledge pieces to the underside of the window seat. Leave at least one inch hanging over the seat opening- this will hold the cutout. Drill a hole into the center of the cutout piece, which will serve as a handle, allowing you to pull up the cutout with your finger.
Step 7: Prime each piece of wood and then paint it.
Step 8: After the paint has dried, use the nail gun to attach the front face and the top.
Step 9: Install the baseboard across the front or use a piece of molding instead.
Step 10: For a more decorative look, use molding along the bench top. Cut it using the table saw, creating mitered-edge cuts. Use the wood glue and nail gun to install it.