The window bench needed to meet a few needs. It needed to look like a built-in, be comfortable and hold mucho storage. The Expedit shelf from Ikea has gone through many "Ikea hacks" before online and a window seat it will be.
Here is what you need:
- 2 of these babies...
|Ikea Expedit Shelf|
- foam (this stuff is ridiculously expensive...no idea why. I got it at Fabricland...look for a sale!)
- serrated knife
- sharp scissors
- staple gun
- Lay the Expedit shelves on their sides...
- To make it comfy, Mr. Fix-it went to the Homer and had them cut down plywood. Cut one piece the length of one Expedit, and one the length of one Expedit plus the distance from the end of the Expedit to the wall. (We actually had to have four pieces instead of two because the width of our fabric wasn't wide enough to have two cushions, so we had to break it up).
Lay your foam on the boards to see if you need to cut any off or add-to for it all to fit...
- Use a Sharpie to draw where you need to cut and a level to make sure it's straight!
- Definitely use a sharp serrated knife to cut the foam for a clean cut...hello bread knife!
- You'll want to adhere the foam to the plywood but you don't need anything heavy duty because the fabric will hold it on there. We had "No More Nails" in the workroom so we used that. You could use a spray adhesive also.
- Make sure it all measures up and the foam is stuck onto the plywood...
- Lay your fabric face down and place your foam/plywood piece on top. Starting with the long sides, pull the fabric taught and staple it to the plywood. Just like wrapping a present!
VOILA!! A fresh.fabulous.sophisticated no-sew DIY window bench that is cozy and provides lots of storage! Next step is to decide on what baskets to get for those little cubbies.
P.S. Looking for the perfect paint colour? Check out my post on The Ottawa Mommy Club website today.
Keep it Beautiful.