Monday

Diy Window Bench

how to make a window bench for a girl room
One of the things in the long list my daughter wanted to have in her new room design was a window seat or window bench.

It isn't a big room, but with two windows, it was something I really wanted to incorporate.
pink room before installing window benches


After getting rid of the pink on the walls, the curtains, valances, and the window sills,


these next illustrations will show you how the bench was created.
graphics on how to build a window bench - steps







The windows are not centered on that wall.   












The dresser had to stay.















Pieces of 1x2 were attached to the wall, as shown, to help support the bench top. 












5 Vertical supports were then screwed to the floor.






The vertical supports are pieces of 3/4" plywood, surrounded by mitered pieces of 1x2.  Leaving open spaces where the 1x2 boards on the wall and the baseboard can run freely.
1x2 are nailed to plywood to create vertical supports for bench

 Once ready they were screwed to the floor on both sides as shown.
vertical supports made out of plywood and 1x2 for window bench


 The bench top had to follow the contour of the wall.  Both of my bench tops had a protruding entrance that works as a window sill.  I also had to cut an opening on each top, because there were electrical outlets that I didn't want to relocate.
painting the top seat piece


Two extra pieces of plywood were attached underneath the top board to give it extra strength, and decorative moulding pieces finished the front edge.

two supports are added underneath seat for support

Once everything was sanded, caulked, and painted this is how it looks.  The openings for the electrical outlets worked out really nicely.  She sits there listening to her music without worrying about running out of battery or cables on the front.

window bench cut outs for outlets and window sill


 The dresser was updated with the same paint color as the benches, and new hardware.

Dresser in the middle of two window benches

 The benches are not attached to the dresser.  If I want the dresser out, it goes out.

two windows got a window bench/seat build around dresser


 New cushions, curtains, pillows,

green and blue room with window bench


 and the customized wicker baskets make this, her favorite spot in her room.

Samantha Parkinton doll on window bench.

She got rid of the pink room, but she will never be ready to let go of her favorite doll, Samantha Parkington, the doll will always be by her side :)

For more DIY home decor ideas check these:
two windows with one long wooden cornice treatment

pictures frames put together to create a bed's headboard in girl room

baskets were customized with paint and chalkboard tags


For the bedroom full reveal click HERE.




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70 comments :

  1. Cristina, you are so talented. Love the window seat. Your daughter's room looks so nice. I bet she loves her new room.

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  2. I love window benches. You did a great job adding them to your daughter's room! Love the colors that you're using in there.

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  3. Oh, Christina, the benches are gorgeous! You are so very talented! I love the colors you used in her room. The cushions are just beautiful! Great, great job on this project!

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  4. What a beautiful project, Cristina! I love the cushions and the colors are just perfect for this room. Megan

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  5. This is fantastic, what a great project!!

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  6. you are just a building machine my friend!!! Love how you did the built-ins

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  7. Beautiful, you are so talented! Thanks for the directions and inspiration!

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  8. This looks great! The built-in look just takes this room up to eleven. I love the window treatments and cornice board too. Well done!

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  9. This is an amazing transformation! I love the window seats! I remember wanting them when I was young too. Her room looks great! I love the new colors and the baskets are great storage and so cute!

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  10. Totally, totally awesome! Great work!
    --Katie

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  11. Wonderful tutorial on building window seating! Love, love, love it! Visiting from Coastal Charm, Angela

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  12. A amazing! I love your graphic tutorials...what program do you use if you don't mind me asking?

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  13. Christina,

    Will you write all my tutorials for me? Please. You are the best and this project is amazing.
    I totally pinned it!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  14. Such a beautifully done project - you are quite a talented lady. And what a great use of that space as well!

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  15. that is amazing! i want that in MY room!

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  16. This is incredible! I am soooo impressed. I am eyeing that bench seat and hoping you'll have a tutorial because I tried to make one a few months ago and failed miserably.

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  17. Thanks Girls!
    to Beth, the graphs are done in Photoshop. I love that program, there are other programs that I think are better for me to do that, but I need to learn them first!

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  18. Wow! It all looks so custom and built in! It looks fabulous!

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  19. This is a beautiful window seat, Christina, and I love the striped green and blue fabric you used for the cushion and curtain detail--very pretty!

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  20. You certainly know what you are doing - it looks perfect!

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  21. The room looks amazing. You did a wonderful job to make the window seat work with the existing wall space and furniture.

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  22. What a cozy space! Beautiful work!

    Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!
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  23. I have always wanted a window seat in my room, What a lucky little girl! And I still have my American Girl too, I'll never let Samantha go!
    Stacia@ http://feathersandsunshine.blogspot.com

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  24. I love the window seat. Your cushion looks amazing! Great choice of colors, too!

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  25. Bench topsThat's amazing,looking so beautiful,really i love this,i also want to like this,thanks for sharing.

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  26. Always good to visit! Clever use of space

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  27. Cristina, I love the bench. Nice job and great tutorial!

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  28. Awesome! Thanks for the great tutorial too! Looks beautiful!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  29. What a wonderful spot you've created for your daughter - sweet and functional too!

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  30. This blog is very well written and I appreciate your efforts.. Keep up the good work.

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  31. Beautiful job and great tutorial! If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit "One Creative Weekend" on OneCreativeMommy.com (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. There are two categories—one for Halloween and one for everything else.

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  32. Wow! This turned out awesome! Great job.

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  33. absolutely fabulous! love how you kept the dresser in but left the option to take it out. not surprised at all it's the favorite spot in her room!

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  34. This is a fabulous tutorial! I love your blog Cristina! I am pinning for future reference! Thanks for the sweet comment on my desk!

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