Weekend Projects: Build a Custom Window Seat

Have a niche to fill? Build a window seat. It takes less than a weekend and costs less than $100 in materials.
Related To:
WkndProj_11_Window-Seat-After_s4x3

WkndProj_11_Window-Seat-After_s4x3

This once-empty nook now provides seating and storage.

Tools and Materials:

4x1 poplar
3/4” birch plywood
molding (optional)
utility knife
tape measure and laser level
table saw and circular saw
wood glue
paintbrush and roller
primer and paint
nail gun and nails

Steps:

WkndProj_11_Baseboard-Removal_s4x3

WkndProj_11_Baseboard-Removal_s4x3

1. If the space you’re using has baseboard remove it with a utility knife and crowbar. We recycled ours to use in front of the window seat.

2. Start building the frame by cutting down four pieces of poplar to run along the back, sides and front of the nook.

3. Use glue and the nail gun to attach the frame pieces to the wall at the desired height. Use a laser level to align them all perfectly. Attach the front piece to the two sides.

4. Mark out the dimensions of the top and face pieces of the seat onto the birch plywood and then cut them out using the circular saw.

5. If you want to add a storage compartment to the bench with access from the seat, cut a rectangle out of the top piece. You may want to give it rounded corners for a more decorative look. Sand the edges of both pieces until smooth.

6. Create a ledge on the underside of the seat to hold the cutout piece in place. Cut two pieces of poplar to the exact length of the opening on seat and cut two pieces of poplar a little bit shorter than the width of the opening. Attach the ledge pieces to the underside of the seat leaving at least a one inch overhanging into the opening to hold the cutout piece. Drill a hole in the center of the cutout piece so it can be pulled up with a finger.

7. Prime then paint all pieces and allow all them to dry completely.

8. Attach the top and front face into the frame with the nail gun.

9. Install baseboard and shoe molding across the front.

10. If you want to dress it up even more, add molding along the top of the bench. Cut it down on the table saw making mitered-edge cuts and install it with the nail gun and wood glue.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Weekend Project: How to Hang Picture Railing

Looking for a new way to hang your artwork? Try picture rail. It takes less than a weekend to install and costs less than $100 in materials.

Weekend Project: How to Create Faux Crown Molding

Thin molding and paint are used to give the illusion of high-end crown molding.

Master Bedroom Window Seat

Make it yourself with these step-by-step instructions.

Make a Window Seat With Toy Storage

Create a comfy spot to cuddle up with the kids, keeping toys and books organized and within easy reach.

Weekend Projects: Installing a Ceiling Medallion

Dress up an old chandelier with an elegant ceiling medallion. It takes less than a weekend to install and costs less than $100 in materials.

Weekend Projects: Install Wainscoting

Add dimension and style to your bathroom with wainscoting. It will take less than a weekend and cost around $100 in materials.

Weekend Projects: Resurface a Fireplace with Stucco

Give your fireplace a facelift with stucco. It will take less than a weekend to do and cost less than $100.

Weekend Projects: Add Molding to a Flat-Panel Door

Spruce up your home by giving your interior doors a makeover. It takes less than a weekend and costs less than $100 in materials.

Weekend Projects: Construct a Homemade Window Valance

Dress up your windows with elegant wood valances. They take less than a weekend to make and cost less than $100 in materials.

Weekend Projects: Create a Wooden Privacy Screen for a Window

Instead of standard window treatments, try a wooden privacy screen. It takes less than a weekend to build and costs less than $100 in materials.

On TV

Tiny House Hunters

6:30am | 5:30c

House Hunters

8:30am | 7:30c

House Hunters

9:30am | 8:30c

House Hunters

10am | 9c

House Hunters

10:30am | 9:30c

House Hunters

11am | 10c

House Hunters

11:30am | 10:30c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

Fixer Upper

2pm | 1c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Fixer Upper

8pm | 7c

Good Bones

9pm | 8c

House Hunters

10:30pm | 9:30c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Good Bones

12am | 11c

House Hunters

1:30am | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Fixer Upper

3am | 2c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.