There are some features in your home, like a window bench, that add instant style. A window bench provides not only added seating, but also a cozy haven in which to spend time reading, reflecting or just relaxing with your favorite tea or coffee.
A window bench is an easy project that can be completed in just a few hours.
- 2x4 lumber
- Pine tongue and groove lumber
- 3/4" plywood
- Table saw
- Piano Hinge
Choosing a Window
Before you start building your window bench make sure you have chosen a window that is properly positioned to handle a bench. It should be a place with adequate accessibility as well as an environment in which you would want to spend time.
The frame of your window bench is a simple 2x4 box. Take some measurements of your window and the desired size of your window bench. Transfer the depth, width, and height measurements to your 2x4's and cut down to size. You will need to build a simple rectangular box for a frame.
Since your window bench is going to have to support weight add more 2x4 studs to the box on every 12 inches.
Secure to Floor or Not?
One of the questions that many ask about window benches is if they should secure the frame to the floor or not. That is really up to you. You should, however, anchor it to the wall. Use a pair of lag bolts to anchor the bench to the wall. Drill into a wall stud that corresponds to a 2x4 on your frame and secure with the 1/2-inch lag bolts.
Once the frame is completed, you can then begin lining the frame with the pine tongue-and-groove slats. This adds a nice decorative element.
Cut a piece of 3/4-inch plywood to the dimensions of the frame to act as a cover. Using a piece of foam, and spray adhesive, line along the top. Wrap the cover in material of your choice and staple along the underside, keeping the material pulled tight.
Attach the piano hinge to the rear of the cover and then to the top of the frame.
Stain and Seal
Take some time to brush on a few coats of stain and then seal with polyurethane for a glossy shine. After it dries, you will have a great place to sit with a book, reflect on a sunset, or just relax after a busy day.