Dress your windows with a beautiful DIY wood bench & enjoy the views!

Making good use of the space available is really important at home. If you do not, you are most likely going to end up with crammed furniture, along with many items cluttering your rooms. One of the best ways to make good use of space is to have window benches. Often the space beneath most windows is unused, probably only to accommodate a curtain. But what if you were to have a shorter curtain, and use the floor space for a window bench. Apart from having additional storage space you will also be incorporating another piece of furniture in the room, not to mention the fact that you can also sit there and enjoy the view outside. Building a window bench is really easy. Just follow the steps below and you will be able to do it in a day or two!

Start off by thinking about the window bench you will be building. Will it be as wide as the window, smaller, or bigger, and how deep will you make it? Will you be attaching it to the wall? Will you be placing cushioning or padding on top? Then, start to measure and decide on the dimensions so that you will be able to acquire the materials accordingly.

Simple DIY MDF Window Bench. Image credit: Dovetail Carpenters

What Do You Need?

Gather the materials you will require, namely sheets of plywood or pre-cut MDF boards, wood screws, wood glue, paint, wood putty, corner trims and 2x4s. You will obviously need some tools, including a circular saw, a mitre saw, a screw gun, a tape measure, a hammer, a finish nail gun and a spirit level.

How To Build It

Start by building the frame box. This will be the inside of the bench box. Then, move on to measuring and cutting the sides, so as to attach them to this frame. Obviously the height of the bench will depend on how big you are going to cut the sides. Screw the sides into the framing, fill the holes with putty and sand lightly for a smoother finish.

Next comes the top of the bench. Since you will be storing things within it, this is basically going to be like a lid to a box. As a bench it is recommended that you accommodate an overhang at both sides. About 2 inches should be enough. Screw the top into place, and fill the holes with wood putty. If you will be painting the top as well, sand it lightly. If you are going to place a cushion or padding over it there is no need to do this.

Finishing it off with trim is important for better results. You can use a baseboard, an edge trim, and a corner trim. A beadboard can also work out well in this case. Cut each piece to see that it fits vertically, from the bench’s base to underneath the overhang of the top. The glue it in place and nail it. Measure the baseboard’s length to cut it. While doing this make sure that the corners are going to be a corner tight joint. It is best to cut a bit longer, dry fit, and then trim as necessary. Then measure the two vertical corner trim pieces. Cut them to cover the front corners, right where the beadboard panels meet. A brad nail gun would render this part of the job easier.

Attaching a Piano Hinge. Image credit: DIY Network

Finally you will need to attach a piano hinge in the back so as to allow the top to be lifted for storage purposes. The deeper it is, the more you can store but make sure it is not too deep to make you bend way down to reach to the stuff you place within it. Many use window benches to store shoes, handbags, toys, or books, but the sky is your limit!

Finishing Up

Your window bench is basically done! All you have to do now are some finishing touches. You can paint or stain your window bench. Obviously take into account the color of the furniture in that room so as to try to complement them as much as possible. Give at least two coatings, and allow the previous coating to dry well before applying the next. Finally you can and add cushions or padding on the top for a nicer look. This would be really visually appealing if you use the same material of the curtain of the window, or else go for something contrasting. It can really have a nice, striking effect on the final look. As you can see it is really simple to build a window bench yourself. It is not going to cost you much either as MDF or plywood boards are really affordable.