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How to Build a Window Seat

Use these step-by-step instructions to construct a cozy window seat.

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  • Time


  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Cut the Plywood

Plan all cuts to get maximum usage of the stock, then cut the pre-finished plywood to the proper size. When cutting pre-finished wood, apply blue tape to the seams to help prevent splintering.

cut pre finished plywood to proper size

Step 2: Cut an Arc

Add a curved edge along the base to add visual interest. To do this, use bender board (Image 1) and brinks. Once the desired arc is achieved, clamp the brinks to the stock.

Transfer the curved line onto some blue tape. The blue tape will again prevent splintering. Use a jig saw to cut an arc close to the line. Sand to the line using a hand sander (Image 2).

Step 3: Apply Edge-Banding

To edge-band the edges of the pre-finished cherry, iron heat-activated edge-banding to the edge.

Next, force the glue into the wood fiber using a piece of wood. Use a double-sided edge trimmer to cut both sides of trim flush with stock.

iron heat activated edge banding to edge

Step 4: Assemble the Window Seat

With all of the parts cut and banded, assemble the window seat. Attach bracing on the inside of the front and back panel. The bracing will provide extra support.

Once all bracing is in place, assemble the sides to the back panel and secure each part with screws. Flip and apply felt pads to the base, then set in the top. Add pillows as desired.