Published at Monday, November 26th 2018. by Gwen Wilder in Storage Bench.
A window bench in our master bedroom. I had this project burning in the back of my mind for a long time. Initially, I wanted a window bench with drawers, but we have an incident. You can read about it on my blog or if you follow me on my social media, you probably already know so we decided to ditch the drawers and simply make a window bench with a trunk and be inspired but know that knowledge is the same this space required for every bill is always going to be a little different and have its own queer. This is a space. We chose to build a window bench as you can see it's in a nice big bay window. The first thing to do is to remove the baseboard. Now pull back the carpet to the approximate width of the window, bench before you start framing you're, going to need to decipher key things: width height depth. Are you going to use a cushion and will your bench have drawers or be a trunk? Our bench is 100 inches wide has a height of 15 inches and a depth of 19 inches it'll have a three-inch cushion on top for a total height of 18 inches, and it will be a trunk with everything Specht out we purchase lumber, took our measurements and Started making our cuts as we built out the project, we used a lot of pocket holes, they look cleaner and have a nice strong using a stud finder find your studs.
This makes mapping out your studs really easy, which is super helpful. When you go to drill everything in later screw in the base, as you can see, we're starting from the center because it's a bay window, each piece has a 22 and 1/2 degree angle and we move into the bottom plate with the back part of the base. All secured screw in the front. The next thing I did was lay down the center supports and install the risers. Here I blade and drop the screws off. As you can see, the supports are a bit overkill. However, we really wanted to make sure that this bench could withstand all of the weight that could potentially be on top of it at any given point in time and because of the length we decided to use three supports, this piece will be the front of the Trunk door, the trunk will have two doors, so it has two pieces to support the front. Here are all the pieces that will cover the top of the bench for the top we're using 3/4 inch. Plywood, specifically, this is birch.
The front of the bench is quarter-inch plywood. The plywood front is the first thing we nail into place because the bench is particularly long. We ended up using two pieces with the front of the bench secured. We had our first accent panel to the bottom of the bench, with bass in place. We've got on top of it with another board. I now added a 1 by 3 piece of pine to the top. If you're planning to paint the inside, this will be the perfect time to do it before nailing the top pieces, with the front of the bench take care of it's time to secure the top once every toe is nailed down, we talked anything that had a gap with the top secured, we nailed one by three aesthetic pieces for the front of the bench. Two of the pieces were attached with glue to give the front of the bench a nice clean. Look, we mailed in a beveled edge. This not only gives the bench a nice look. It also covers the side of the plywood. Now that everything is built glued and dried, it's time to paint.
The first thing we did was to Prime the bench with shellac after the bench got a good shellacking. We added two coats of Sherwin Williams, semi-gloss of white paint at long last, it's time to cut the carpet and the remaining foam pad. This might look easy, but cutting carpet is kind of a pain and it's very difficult to cut straight. I'm sure there's a better way, but this is how I did with the carpet cut. We installed some new tack strips with the tack strips installed, use a piece of wood to set the carpet into the tack strips. I then installed some baseboard in front of the bench and then I installed some cord around which gave the bench a finished. Look against the carpet. It was now time to install the recess handles into the bench doors to do this measure the length width get the center and mark the handle using a regular wood drill, drill out the hole. Slowly but surely remember, this is a recessed handle. So it doesn't need to go all the way through with the hole drilled set, the handle, and screw in the finishing screws and here's how the handle looks and voila. Now my trusty sidekick and I will install the piano hinge on the trunk door when you're installing the piano hinge mark your holes and then screw things in.
I recommend putting in a couple of screws first and then testing the door. Let's make sure that everything works are lined up and where it's supposed to be before you go too far in screwing in 30 or 40 screws, we had to trim the perimeter of the doors by about a quarter-inch. The original cuts were so tight. They didn't fit after painting and installing the piano hinge once the hinges were set, we installed universal lid supports. These supports were installed in the center of both doors. Here's the lid support in action. As you can see, it holds the door up and it holds it up at almost any angle. If you have little ones around your house, these supports are gonna, be really handy and here's a look at the finished bench. It looks great. I'm really happy with the final result. I truly love the quality of their products and I'm always surprised by how well packaged they are we're gonna sleep with the ceiling fan on so I always wanted to change our IV ceiling fan for a beautiful, crystal chandelier.
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