How to Build a Plywood Window Seat

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For a home with large windows that allow passersby to peek inside the game room or lounge, a plywood window seat is the perfect piece of furniture. For those that like to make a personal statement in every room of your house, the challenge of building a plywood window seat is rewarding. The window seat we will build in this article is 72 inches long and fits between two walls perpendicular to the window.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 piece of plywood 24-by-72-by-3/4"
  • 1 piece of plywood 23 1/4 x 72 x 3/4"
  • Six pieces of lumber 2 x 4 x 72"
  • Twelve pieces of lumber 2 x 4 x 20 1/4:
  • Measuring tape
  • 24-inch level
  • Carpenter's square
  • 16d box nails
  • 4d finish nails
  • Hammer
  • Nail set
  • Measure and make a mark 22 1/2 inches out from the back corner of each of the walls on either side of the window. Place your level on that mark and draw a vertical line from the floor up 23 1/4 inches.

  • Make marks every 24 inches on each of the 72-inch pieces of lumber. Next, place a mark 3/4 of an inch from either side of those marks, then place the carpenter's square on those marks and draw a line across the lumber indicating where the 20 1/4-inch pieces of lumber will go.

  • Secure one of the 20 1/4-inch pieces of lumber on either end of the 72-inch pieces of lumber with the 16d box nails. The result is a box measuring 23 1/4 x 72 inches. Next, secure one of the 20 1/4-inch pieces of lumber on each of the marks from Step 2 with 16d box nails. Repeat this process to create two more boxes.

  • Place one of the boxes against the wall underneath the window. Secure it to the walls on either side and to the floor with 16d box nails. Center the next box between the back wall and the vertical line drawn in Step 1 and secure it in the same fashion as the previous one.

  • Next, place the last box on the vertical line and secure it to the walls and floor with 16d box nails. Next, place the 23 1/4 x 72 x 3/4-inch plywood against the front box and secure it to the box with the 4d finish nails. Secure it to each of the 20 1/4-inch pieces of lumber.

  • Place the 24 x 72 x 3/4-inch plywood on top of the boxes. It should extend beyond the plywood front by 3/4 of an inch. Secure it to each of the boxes with 4d finish nails every 8 inches. Set the nails with the nail set.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses. As an option, add a piano hinge at the wall to turn the window seat into a storage area. Decorate the front of the box with stencils or picture framing.
  • Do not drive nails into the floor without first locating plumbing and electrical wiring. Do not drive nails below the surface of the plywood with the hammer as this will leave hammer marks on the plywood.

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