Make a Window Seat With an Integrated Pet Bed

Turn unused space into a window seat with a cozy pet bed tucked in below.

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Materials Needed:

  • 4x8' sheets paint-grade plywood
  • semigloss latex paint
  • 2" angled paintbrush
  • mini roller
  • table saw
  • nail gun
  • nails or brads
  • miter saw
  • measuring tape
  • pencil and notepad
  • 6' strips of 1x2" MDF trim
  • 6' strips of 1x3" pine
  • wood glue
  • 3" wood screws
  • drill
  • stud finder
  • caulk and caulk gun
  • painter's tape
  • spackle and spackle knife
  • cushion

Take Measurements

Using a measuring tape, determine maximum width, height and depth for the window seat based on the positioning of the window and the height of your pet. Jot these measurements down, then use a pencil to mark the plywood with the dimensions of each window seat panel. Cut a total of five panels: two for the sides, one for the top, one for the bottom and one for a back panel.

Cut Plywood Panels

Once all five panels have been marked, pre-paint the undersides and/or interiors using a mini roller. Next, cut the marked plywood with a table saw. Note: The only panel that requires paint on the front and back is the top panel. All others will be fine with just one side painted.

Attach Framing

To properly support each panel, reinforce with 1x3" pine. Mark 6' strips of 1x3" pine to size in reference to the dimensions of each panel. Cut with a table saw, add wood glue to the surface of the panel (Image 1), then place 1x3" pine along all edges, creating a frame. Secure pine in place using a nail gun (Image 2).

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