This window bench toy chest is easy to build if you have a small window alcove or nook. Your window area should be recessed and have two walls on either side of the window to work for this simple DIY window bench toy chest project.
To Build a Window Bench Toy Chest You Will Need:
MDF or Plywood sheets
Wood Screws Power drill
The first step is to measure how wide the distance is between your two walls on either side of the window nook. You will need four 2X4’s cut to this length.
Now, measure how deep the window nook is. If it is over two feet, then simply make your window bench toy chest as deep at you want. Have 4 2X4’s cut to this depth (minus about 4 inches to allow for the front and back 2X4s).
Now, go ahead and install one 2X4 directly under the window at the height you want the top of your window bench to be. Predrill holes through the 2X4 into wood studs in the wall.
Repeat on the bottom of the wall with a second 2X4. Be sure these are level before you screw them into place.
Now on the left and right wall. Attach 2 of the shorter 2X4’s at the same height as the first 2X4 you installed. The should butt up to the 2X4 and be flush against the wall, one on the left and one on the right.
Now, repeat on the bottom. Again, be sure to always drill into studs in the wall.
Now, Attach the front two 2X4’s into place. Simple pre drill the holes into the left and right sides. Screw the front 2X4’s into the top and bottom side brackets.
Now you have the frame of your window bench toy box built.
Measure how wide and tall the front of the frame is. Have a piece of MDF cut to this size. Place it on the front of the toy box window bench, pre drill holes into the frame through the front of the MDF and screw into place.
Now, measure the top of the window bench. Be sure to measure with that sheet of MDF on the front of the frame.
Now, have a sheet of MDF cut to the same size. I recommend adding about 1 inch onto the depth, this will allow for an overhang that can double as a handle to lift the lid.
Now, install a piano hinge on the back middle of the lid. Screw the lid onto the hinge as well and you are ready to paint.
Tip: If you are making an exceptionally long window bench toy chest you will need to add some support brackets to the frame.
To do this simply measure the height form the top horizontal 2X$ to the bottom horizontal 2X4. Have one extra 2X4 cut to this size for every two feet.
Now, measure the space between the front top 2X4 and the back top horizontal 2X4. Have matching pieces cut for here as well.
Simply pre drill the holes and screw the support brackets into place.
Finish with primer, then paint.