Built-in Window Seat – Bench Plans

Built-in window seat plans

This is the first plan in the Robin Collection.  In Robin’s room, this bench is built-in between two bookcases but you could build this plan as a stand along storage bench.  Robin’s bench sat over an air vent so they had to direct the air flow out through the toe kick.  You can read Robin’s Sawdust Diaries to see how they did that.

Built-in Window Seat

Built-in Window Seat Bench -- free plans from Sawdust Girl.

 

Materials:

  • 1/4″ backer material (beadboard, plywood or masonite)
  • 1 3/4″ wood screws
  • wood glue
  • Kreg jig and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1×2 and 1×3 poplar for faceframe
  • 2 sheets 3/4″ plywood cut as shown below

Built-in Window Seat Bench -- free plans from Sawdust Girl.

Built-in Window Seat Bench -- free plans from Sawdust Girl.

Step1:  Attach Sides and Dividers

  • Drive wood screws up through bottom into sides and dividers.
  • Make sure they countersink

Built-in Window Seat Bench -- free plans from Sawdust Girl.

Step2:  Attach Top

  • Sides of top should extend 3/4″ on sides and 1/4″ on back.

Built-in Window Seat Bench -- free plans from Sawdust Girl.

Step 3:  Attach Back Cleats

  • Use pocket hole screws to attach flush with back of sides and dividers

Built-in Window Seat Bench -- free plans from Sawdust Girl.

Step 4:  Attach Sides

  • Sides should be flush on front to dividers and extend 1/4″ on back.
  • Use wood glue and brad nails to secure.

Built-in Window Seat Bench -- free plans from Sawdust Girl.

Step 5:  Build and Attach Faceframe

Built-in Window Seat Bench -- free plans from Sawdust Girl.

Step 6:  Build and Attach Base

  • Build base out of 3/4″ plywood strips.
  • Use scrap of wood to space all dividers evenly.
  • Attach to bench by driving screws through sides of base into sides of bench

Built-in Window Seat Bench -- free plans from Sawdust Girl.

Built-in Window Seat Bench -- free plans from Sawdust Girl.

 

Step 7:  Attach Back

  • Back should sit into recess created by sides and top.
  • Secure with nails or staples

Built-in Window Seat Bench -- free plans from Sawdust Girl.

Finish and enjoy!

Window Seat

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Comments

  1. I really love this I have been looking for windows seat plans theses are great, could you put drawers in the cubbies or doors?
    Lori Ann

  2. Thank you for these plans. Please, pretty please, can you post plans for the bookshelves that surround it? Please? Sugar on top?

  3. kim massa says:

    this is exactly the bench my daughter wants me to build for their entry, of course, first I have to finish my own project which isn’t happening. I have no heat or insulation in my shop and it has been less than 20 degrees for weeks now. Rather depressing but this can’t last forever, right?

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