Sunday, February 20, 2011

DIY Windowseat Bench

I built a windowseat bench with storage for the kids room.

diy windowseat bench

diy windowseat bench

Added a cushion and pillows for comfort in hopes of enticing my kids to sit and read.

diy windowseat bench

And bonus added storage bins down below because you cannot let that space go to waste!

Before this space had been occupied by a desk:

cape dormer built in desk

My young kids never used the desk so I moved it to the master bedroom, you can see that makeover here.

And now the much improved space:

cape dormer windowseat bench

I made the bench, similar to the entry bench here, from Ana White's plans for the easy cube bench.

I modified the size drastically.
My bench measures 37.5"w x 25.5"d x 18"h.

cape dormer windowseat bench

cape dormer windowseat bench

It's made from 3/4" plywood framed with 1x2s painted semi gloss white.

I also made the pillows and cushion which is three layers of foam mattress topper inserted into the fabric.
I used 3/8" rope for the piping on the cushion:
(Only because that's what I had and I needed a beefier piping than the 1/4" standard.)

diy piping using nylon rope

diy piping using nylon rope

It's not perfect or professional but it works:

diy windowseat bench with storage

And my girls like it:

diy windowseat bench with storage

diy windowseat bench with storage

One last side by side:

dormer with built in desk  diy windowseat bench with storage

Much better use of space for small kids.


Ellie said...

I love the little bench! What a good idea to switch the two spaces.

Katy said...

i love that, it's perfect! I like the colors you used too. Thanks for your comment on my pallet wall, it was a little more work than I would have liked, but thankfully the hard part is over. :)

B.Large said...

Thanks for sharing on DIY'ER!
What a smart idea!I have always wanted a window seat! How special for the girls to make memories there reading their favorite books!
I'm a new follower and would love you to be mine!
I've got some great things on there and coming out!
Much love and many more blessings!

Mel said...

Genius idea for the trim!

I've always dreamed of having a reading nook. Your girls are so lucky to have such a talented mum.

Rene said...

This looks great Jaine! You are so busy - how do you do it all?


Cristie said...

Very fun! Love the fabric and the baskets are great.

Robin said...

Oh Honey! That's the best use of space I've ever seen...a dream for an avid reader who wants to give that gift to her children/grandchildren...
I'm tweeting this so other people will drop in!
All Things Heart and Home

Randi said...

That is really cute ... I've always loved a window seat.

Humble Homemaker said...

cute! :) It came out really well. Such a sweet spot for your kids. you have a really sweet blog. I am your newest follower! :) Feel free to hook up any of your projects at me weekend review link party which opens tommorow. Have a great day!
Humble Homemaking

1 Funky Woman said...

What a great little reading nook for your kiddos. It looks like it was meant to be there!

Following from Miss Mustard Seed


the cape on the corner said...

perfect little space to encourage reading! love it!

Jennifer said...

How lovely. Love your fabric choices and combinations. It looks so fresh!

Phredfamily said...

It looks perfect AND professional!
Kate @

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Awesome. You are a good mom.

Allison@FabRehab said...

That is perfect!! I wish I had a space for a window seat!

Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

very cozy and cute! great work! just visiting from a to z

A Vintage Vine said...

Thanks for this...I have a bench seat upstairs and I want to make a I can just follow what you did!

Mariaelena said...

what a perfect little storage bench...thanks for sharing. I just became a follower. I live in Dutchess Cty, NY....please visit my rather new blog....

Erin said...

I love it! I need to make a bench like that for my boys' room.

Jess said...

Love the bench! Adorable! You make some great stuff! :)

prsd4tim2 said...

I love your makeovers... I'm new to your blog and love the before and after pics, but I would be interested to see your construction process as well - use of power tools (those always scare me!), construction methods, tips for the great paint jobs you do, etc. While I'm all about the fabric side, I'm still leery of wood and screws.

Thanks for sharing. said...

I have always wanted a reading nook like that, you did a beautiful job!

Kat said...

I'm working on a very similar project - what bins did you use to fit the space? I'm wondering whether I'll need to get laundry bins if I want them to extend back all 24" of my project.