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Does anyone know an easy way to create a window seat/ toy box?

I would love to create a window seating area with a hinged toy box for my 2 year old daughter's room. I can visualize it, but would i need to create it?

  • Jill W
    Jill W Saint Louis, MO
    on Mar 23, 2012

    You could do a really cute one with pallets! Take the pallets part and paint or stain them (taking them apart is the hardest part!) Put the slat together and attach them to a strip of wood. You can screw the 4 sides together easily. Use plywood for the top attached with 2 hinges. Get foam for the top cut to size and batting and use fabric to coordinate to the room. Staple it on and you have a great toy box/ window seat! I just did a lemonade stand with pallets. You can see it here: http://iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com/2012/03/you-can-vote-here-ok-round-3-i-cant.html Your idea is really an easy one to achieve! If you don't want to build something you could find a storage ottoman in the size you want and reupholster it in the way you want, but that would be expensive. Hope that helps! Jill iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com

  • 3popps
    3popps
    on Mar 24, 2012

    This looks like a pretty straightforward set of plans that use fairly basic materials: http://www.hgtv.com/handmade/how-to-build-a-toy-box-bench/index.html Good luck, Ayana.

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Mar 24, 2012

    For the hinges you will want to get some that reduce the weight of the lid...these special "toy box" hinges reduce the chance of fingers getting smashed by the heavy tops. I used them when I built this toy box / blanket chest for my girls.

    blanket box

    blanket box

  • Douglas C
    Douglas C Gretna, LA
    on Apr 2, 2012

    Ayana, I took an old headboard and footboard and created a seat/storage box. Use the sideboard to create the sides and bottom. Then use a piece of plywood to create the top with a cloth and foam cover. If you want pics, email me at decoulter@gmail.com.

  • Beverly H
    Beverly H Manchester, MD
    on May 5, 2012

    Whatever you do, make certain that the lid cannot close down on a child!

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