How to Make a Bay Window Bench Seat With Storage

by Cisco Kid


  • 5 2x4 studs
  • 1 Level
  • 1 Tape measure
  • 1 Compound Miter saw
  • 1 Speed square
  • 1 Pounds Screws
  • 1 Stud finder
  • 1 Circular saw
  • 2 Sand paper
  • 1 Finishing nailer
  • 1 Power drill
  • 1 Hardwood plywood
  • 1 Sandpaper
  • 1 Stain
  • 1 Air compressor
  • 1 Piano hinge bracket
  • 1 Brad nailer
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    This is a speed square.

    Step 2

    Measure your bay window for bench seat. Measure height, length and depth. Take into account lid (seat) thickness. I used three-quarter inch oak plywood. Which gave me an overall height of 21 inches.

    Step 3

    You will need to make both miter cuts and beveled cuts. Always ensure to check your measurements twice, cut once. Both my miter and beveled cuts were at a 45 degree angle.

    Step 4

    This is setup for a beveled cut

    Step 5

    A top down view of a beveled cut.

    Step 6

    Set for a miter cut

    Step 7

    This is a miter cut... And my feet :-)

    Step 8

    Start with the lower beam closest to you. This will require a beveled edge. When your cuts are complete attached to the floor and to studs in the wall. Ensure your cuts are flush and level

    Step 9

    Next attached ledger board to studs in the back wall. Make sure to adjust height for backboard. And then attached backboard to ledger board

    Step 10

    Next make your cuts and attach top 2x4

    Step 11

    Both miter cuts and beveled cuts shown here

    Step 12

    Make sure to attach two by fours to studs

    Step 13

    Overhead view

    Step 14

    Toe in braces

    Step 15

    Add support braces for lid. Make sure it's symmetrical

    Step 16

    Whenever possible delegate work. :-)

    Step 17

    Don't forget to match the grain. I chose horizontal for the front and vertical lines for the top.

    Step 18

    Make sure to ventilate properly while staining also sand it.

    Step 19

    Just about done, now all we need to do is the finishing touches

    Step 20

    Finished it off with some shaker style facing.