How to Build a Window Seat
By: Allen Lyle
A window seat not only enhances the look of a room and provides additional seating, but it serves as a great storage space as well. This window seat was made from ¾” oak plywood and features hinged doors on the top for storage.
It is and 21” high by 19” deep and 8’ long.
- Frame the front of the seat with 2x4s on 16” centers.
- Secure the front frame to the floor with screws if the floor is wood. When attaching to a concrete slab, use a powder activated nailer or plastic anchors and screws.
- Nail a 2×4 to the top of the front frame.
- Attach 2x4s to the back and side walls for support, making sure they’re level and even with the front.
- Face the front frame with two pieces of vertically cut oak plywood.
- Make a frame for the seat from solid oak 1x2s joined together with a face frame nailer or nails.
- Cut two plywood doors to fit in the seat frame, edging them with strips of solid oak.
- Putty and sand the doors to give them a finished look.
- Stain the window seat, and give it two coats of polyurethane finish.
- Hinge the two doors to the seat frame with brass piano hinges.