My sister had a bay window breakfast area and expressed that she wanted to have it provide more seating. So I spent 2 afternoons building a window bench for her!
Bay Window Bench Build
This was the hardest part about the whole project, just figuring out this shape and angles.
I used pocket holes to attach the bottom frame together
Added 10.5” vertical supports and attached with pocket holes as well.
Then, I created another frame exactly the same for the top of the bench.
Just like that we have a frame!
Next, I chose 1/2” MDF because it was cheaper than plywood to cover the frame. In order to get the shape right I simply traced my assembled frame right onto the MDF and cut it out with my jigsaw.
Using my nail gun I attached the top and side to the frame, boxing it in. Make sure to caulk all your seams for the most professional finish.
We painted the bench, replaced the quarter round at the bottom, and then added box moulding to the front to match the rest of the wainscoting in her house. This step really made it look complete!
Tadaa! Her chihuahua was happy about a new sunning spot! We made the cushion with extra mdf, foam, batting, and some woven fabric stapled to the underside of the mdf and slid into place. We will move the table up to it and once styled with throw pillows it makes for the perfect little breakfast nook!
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Catherine Hays 6 days ago
LOVE This. I have a window in my kitchen very similar to this and ever since we have moved in I keep saying to myself it needs a built in bench! Running across this post today may just give me the motivation that I need to do it. I mean what's more motivating than a cutie pie puppers having a perfect sunning spot right? Looks great, thank you for sharing your project!