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My latest DIY project is complete and I’m so happy with how this builtin window bench and bookcases turned out. If you remember, last year I built and installed my first ever cabinets and bookcases in the living room (read post here). Scroll through for pics of the space before and the progression from concept to completion.
This room is a loft area at the top of our stairs. It is where you’d have open space if you had a two storey foyer or possibly another bedroom. For us, it was a place to put our extra furniture and a TV for the kids to watch or play video games. I always wanted to do something fun and exciting with the space. The window there was just begging to be dressed up. I have also always wanted to have a builtin bench somewhere in the house. Once I cut my teeth on the living room builtins last year, I knew I could handle this project.
Here’s the concept I came up with. First with painters tape and then using the SketchUp software for a more precise plan.
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The bench and the half walls on the side were first framed out with 2×4’s and then covered with 3/4″ plywood sheets. Then I covered the face with boards that replicate the molding treatment I do on my walls. For more on that wall molding, read my hallway molding post.
I considered adding base cabinets as I did in the living room but constructing those is more expensive and labor intensive. We definitely dont need any extra storage so I decided to construct the bases as faux cabinets or half walls.
The shelving units are also constructed with 3/4″ plywood and the face frames are 3/4″ finger jointed primed pine boards. I used 1×8 for the header boards and 1×2 for the shelves and walls. This time, I made the shelves adjustable.
These are my essential tools that I used for this project. All available through Home Depot.