I have dreamt of adding a window bench in my living room for years, since we purchased our home five years ago. I finally rolled up my sleeves and decided to DIY it myself, a window bench with storage! This bench is beautiful to look at but it also provides A LOT of extra storage space. I really feel like it has elevated our entire living room. Some people would look to metal storage sheds or something like that to help them store items they don’t need right away, but I wanted a smaller solution.
I did a lot of research on window bench tutorials, the one I liked most was this one. I really appreciated his drawings, they helped me understand how to engineer my own. I feel like tutorials on things like this that are SO custom to each space are hard to use when working in your own specific areas. The measurements will be different for every single space depending on the window and area you’re working with, but once you understand the basically construction it’s easy!
Let’s do a little flashback shall we? This is what this room looked like when we purchased our home 5 years ago. The recessed front window had been begging for a window bench for years.
I know a lot of you want to know the cost of this DIY window bench with storage. Knowing what you’re getting yourself into with DIY projects is always nice. I believe with the hardware I spent about $120. I’ll list the materials I used below, I ended up using a couple scrap pieces + reused my original baseboards which saved me a little bit of money.
- 1 4 x 8 sheet 1/2″ MDF
- 1 4 x 8 sheet 1″ MDF
- 6 2 x 4 x 10
- 3 1 x 4 x 8 MDF finishing trim
- 2 1 x 6 x 8 MDF finishing trim
- 6 heavy duty brackets
- Miter Saw
- Finish Nailer
- Wood Glue