DIY: How to Build a Window Seat and Built in Bookcases – Tucker’s Room

How to Make a Built in Bookcase and Window Seat - Tucker's Room

-updated 9/19

While I have been busy decorating for Christmas, Jason has been plugging away on Tucker’s Room.  For those of you that are new to our blog, we have been turning our master closet into our youngest son Tucker’s bedroom. Below I am sharing how to build a window seat and built in bookcases for around his our son’s new window.  If you want to follow along from the beginning about Tucker’s bedroom transformation from a closet (click here)

DIY – How to Build a Window Seat & Built in Bookcase

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Wondering how to make a built in bookcase and window seat? We made one for our's son's room and it's not as hard as you might think! #windowseat #bookcase #diy https://lehmanlane.net

Here’s what we did to create these built in shelves & window seat…  

This is what it looked like when we started after we had put the window in.

How to Make a Built in Bookcase - Tucker's Room

1) Make a frame for the built in bench.  Before you do decide how big you want the seat.  We went with a 5 foot seat which allowed for 18 inch bookshelves on either side.

How to Make a Built in Bookcase - Tucker's Room

2) Find the studs in the wall and secure the back frame to the wall and to the floor.  Install sides by screwing the to the back frame and floor.  Install the front frame by screwing it to the side frames and floor.

Tucker's New Window

3) Begin framing out the bookshelves.  We chose to build the shelves a little off the floor to allow for baseboard to wrap around both.

How to Make a Built in Bookcase - Tucker's Room

4) Anytime you are building built in bookshelves it is a good idea to face the bookshelf frame and shelves with 1x2s.  It gives the bookshelf a beefier and solid look.

How to Make a Built in Bookcase - Tucker's Room

5) Face the top of the seat and sides with plywood.

How to Make a Built in Bookcase - Tucker's Room

6) Jason ripped down some 1x2s and added some vertical molding to the front of the window seat to give it interest.  Once you have it all framed give it a couple coats of paint.

How to Make a Built in Bookcase - Tucker's Room

7) Decorate and Add Pillows and window seat.

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I made the window seat with some upholstery foam, wood, a staple gun and canvas from Fabric.com. 

It was time to retire Tucker’s old pillows from his nursery and make him some new pillows to add to his window seat.  I hand embroidered one of Tucker’s new pillows with his name to make it more personal:).

How to Make a Built in Bookcase and Window Seat - Tucker's Room

Tucker loves to sit here and play transformers, look at books and wait and watch for his big brothers and sister to get off of the bus.  Can’t you just imagine a new puppy sitting at this window? 🙂

How to Make a Built in Bookcase and Window Seat - Tucker's Room
How to Make a Built in Bookcase and Window Seat - Tucker's Room

For the window… I found Tucker’s shade at the Restoration Hardware outlet for $18!  It had a $189 price tag on it.  Awesome!

How to Make a Built in Bookcase and Window Seat - Tucker's Room

Jason made extra window molding to trick the eye to think the window was taller than it was because we didn’t want the shade to cover any of the natural light coming in the window since it is the only window in the room.

How to Make a Built in Bookcase and Window Seat - Tucker's Room

Next up for Tucker’s room is hardwood floors!!!  Jason is hoping to finish them in the next few weeks.  We picked out some wide plank pine floors from lumber liquidators like the ones we put in the laundry room.  I am back to decorating for Christmas and laundry… the story of my life :).

How to Make a Built in Bookcase and Window Seat - Tucker's Room

Here is our little man “reading” one of his many truck books:-)

Since writing this post, We finished Tucker’s room be sure to see his whole room reveal (which happens to be our old closet) here.

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From Closet to Boys Bedroom
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10 thoughts on “DIY: How to Build a Window Seat and Built in Bookcases – Tucker’s Room

  1. I absolutely love how this project turned out! As a child, my Dad built a window seat that he sectioned off the inside into three separate toy boxes! The three of us loved having our own storage and a neat place to play on.
    Lucky boy, Tucker!??

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments about our window seat Peggy! Your dad’s idea to section off the inside as a toy box is a great idea. Take care, Tara

  2. I love this Tara! Beautiful and functional. Thanks so much for the tutorial. Featured at Be Inspired this morning!

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