May 15, 2013

Ikea No-Sew Window Bench Tutorial

I've had many requests to do a Window Bench tutorial from my Nursery Reveal post. It was something I saw myself on pinterest and other blogs but had a hard time finding a good tutorial, and there's nothing more I'd like than for you to make one yourself! It has made such a big difference in our nursery and our living room. That's right, we made two!


Window Bench in our Girls' room


Window bench in our living room
Here are the finished products, don't you love the way they turned out? I love that you can customize it to whatever your taste in decor is.













I love this window bench for so many reasons:

1- It creates a high enough bench that my girls can look out the window. They love looking outside.
2- It provides a comfortable place to sit and read books, play, rest, etc.
3- The storage containers hold so many toys, blankets, etc. It helps keep clutter down and it's easy to clean things up now by just putting them away in the storage bins.
4- The bench in our living room adds 4-5 more seats for adults.
5- We made it ourselves! There is so much satisfaction in completing a project like this.




So on to the tutorial:
The first thing you will need is an Ikea Expedit Shelving Unit.
They come in different colors, but we preferred white. Follow the Ikea instructions for putting the shelving unit together. My husband did it within a few minutes, it was easy.

UPDATE: The Expedit Shelving Unit is no longer available from Ikea, however, the Kallax shelving unit is available and if it had been when I made my window benches, I would have used it because it is a little bit shorter with 4 openings instead of 5.



Next you'll need at least 2 sets of Ikea Capita Legs. We got the 4 inch ones which made the window bench plenty tall. It's the perfect height for kids to be able to climb up on the bench, and for adults to sit on it. We got 3 sets of Capita legs because we made two window benches.

They are easy to screw into the bottom of the Ikea Expedit shelf. We put the legs on each end and in the middle of the bench, totaling 6 legs.

Once the legs are attached to the shelving unit, you will need a piece of MDF board and foam. We got our MDF board cut at Home Depot (for free) to the dimensions of the shelving unit. The board cost us less than $15 and we had enough for both window benches with some board left over.
Here is some advice for the piece of foam. DO NOT buy your foam through a craft store like Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Michael's, etc. It costs way too much! I found a piece of foam at Smith's Marketplace for $20 which was big enough for 2 window benches. They had smaller sizes too so if you are just making one window bench, you can easily find a piece of foam for probably $10 or less at a hardware store or a similar store. 

You will need to cut the foam to fit the bench. Just place the piece of foam on top of the bench, use a Sharpie marker to mark the edges, then use a kitchen carving knife (electric) or whatever you have to cut the foam. 

We cut the foam to these dimensions:
72 inches long
15 inches wide
3 inches high

The only cut we had to make was to cut the foam piece in half length wise. It was already the proper dimensions pretty much. So we got 2 bench-seats worth of foam out of one piece.
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Now comes the cushion part of the bench. Several tutorials I saw skipped this step, but I would recommend adding quilt batting first, before the fabric. I bought a humongous bag of quilt batting at Walmart for about $5. First set the piece of quilt batting on the floor/table/bench, then the foam, then the MDF board. 

We actually stapled the fabric to the board/foam without the quilt batting the first time, then realized it didn't look very good. We could see bumps and areas where the foam wasn't quite straight, and it was hard to get the fabric tight enough. So we removed the staples and fabric and added the quilt batting.



Then simply stretch the quilt batting over the edges of the foam and MDF board and staple it with a staple gun! This was actually really fun. I found that by adding quilt batting, it provided a tighter surface area to stretch the final fabric over, which helped keep it nice and tight fitting.



After stapling the quilt batting, you will repeat the step but using fabric this time. You can choose any type of fabric you want. For the window bench in our nursery, we chose Pearl bracelet Andover fabric in Citron color . I had previously cut it and ironed it for a smooth surface once it was stapled on.

How much fabric do you need? I purchased 2 1/2 yards of fabric for each window bench. It was a little more than I needed, but I didn't want to cut it close, and I have a little bit left over if I need it in the future.

For our living room bench, we chose Waverly Sun N Shade Lovely Lattice in Lagoon color. I can't tell you how long it took me to decide on which fabric to use. I would suggest waiting until you absolutely fall in love with something. 

Tip #1: When choosing fabric, I would recommend a sturdy type, such as the Waverly Fabric I chose for our living room bench. It's an indoor/outdoor fabric made of durable Teflon-coated polyester fabric. It's breathable, will hold up to harsh sunlight, resist mold, mildew, soil, and stains. And they are easy to wipe off and clean. 

The fabric we chose for our nursery, the Pearl bracelet fabric, is a simple cotton fabric. I fell in love with the print that I decided to go with it even though the fabric itself isn't very sturdy. This may prove to be a mistake in the future, we'll have to see. I can already tell a huge difference in quality of the fabrics I chose, and would recommend going with a sturdy indoor/outdoor type of fabric.

Tip #2: When choosing fabric, I highly suggest viewing it in person to get the most accurate coloring/texture. There were many samples that I saw online but once I saw it in real life, the coloring was completely different. If you can't go see it for yourself in a craft store, then ask the seller to send you an actual picture in natural light. Both of the fabrics we chose were not available in my area, but the computer image compared to an actual picture of the fabric in natural light was such a huge difference, the difference between choosing it and not. 



Continuing on:
Pull the fabric tightly over the edge of the foam/board and staple it down. I actually folded the fabric so that the staple had 2 layers to grab onto to help prevent tearing in the future. 







 


 I found it was easier to stretch the fabric tighter when it was on a slippery surface like the top of the Expedit shelf, rather than on the carpet. You will want to pull and stretch the fabric generously to ensure the final product is tight with no puckering.



The corners got a little tricky, I had to experiment folding the fabric down different ways so it wouldn't pucker. When I finally found something that worked, I went to town staple gunning it down.









There you have it! The cushion is now complete with the MDF board, foam, quilt batting, and fabric. 



The final step is to attach the cushion part to the actual bench. 


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Simply grab some 3 inch screws, and screw them into the MDF board from underneath the bench. We screwed 2 into each end, plus another set in the middle to hold it on tight.

And waaalah! You have a beautiful window bench! Now that wasn't too hard was it? We will enjoy many years of fun with these window benches.







For more information on the storage containers/bins I chose for my window benches, look HERE.

130 comments:

  1. I hope I can do it too! Need to make an inexpensive window bench for my window. I need storage and extra seating's for the room.

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  2. How sturdy is this bench? I've read that the Expedit isn't very sturdy and without reinforcing its not recommended to use as a bench. I considered making one out of the Lack shelf until I discovered those were discontinued.

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    1. I haven't heard anything about these benches not being sturdy. So far it's upheld great (7 months later), with several people sitting on them at a time. I say go for it.

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    2. I'm worried about this too. We are a tall family and my husband weighs 240 just by himself. Did these stand up over time?

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    3. I actually have one of these shelves that fell apart during a move and I found it wasnt very sturdy after that ..I ended up using PL Premium found at the hardware store and now its seriously sturdy and will never all apart.

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    4. I actually have one of these shelves that fell apart during a move and I found it wasnt very sturdy after that ..I ended up using PL Premium found at the hardware store and now its seriously sturdy and will never all apart.

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    5. Maybe too late to comment? But Ikea has now replaced this with a more lightweight version and the side boards are much narrower. Don't know if it would hold up.

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  3. Thanks for the great tutorial! I tried my hand and blogged about it (of course linking back here). It was my first ever attempt at any type of upholstery, and it went great! In regards to sturdiness, I used a Walmart cheap-o thing and it works great for my kids, although I wouldn't jump on it, so I'm sure the Ikea one is totally safe. Thanks again!

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    1. Your bench turned out GREAT! I love the red/white chevron pattern you chose. Thank you so much for linking back to my blog :) I spent some time on your site too, and love it! Your kids are adorable.

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  4. This is awesome, how many yards of the fabric did you purchase??

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    1. I bought 2 1/2 yards for each window bench. I didn't want to cut it close (I'm not a DIY'er usually and not a seamstress so didn't want to take that chance of coming out short). I had some left over fabric though. Never a bad idea in case you need it in the future!

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  5. How many adults can sit on this bench at one time? Do you know what the weight limit is? I want to use this as a breakfast bench.

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    1. You could fit 4-5 adults on the bench. I'm not sure about the weight load. Ikea's website states 29 lbs per shelf since this is a shelving unit and not a bench. But we've had several people sit on it at one time and it's been fine. Hope that helps!

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    2. I have been on the Ikea website and can't find that shelf, could you please tell me the name of it. Thanks so much!

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    3. Unfortunately I have seen online that Ikea have discontinued expedit line and replacing it with a line called Kallex.

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  6. You could fit 4-5 adults on the bench. I'm not sure about the weight load. Ikea's website states 29 lbs per shelf since this is a shelving unit and not a bench. But we've had several people sit on it at one time and it's been fine. Hope that helps!

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  7. how thick is the cushion material?

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    1. Hi there, the combined window seat cushion with the mdf board is about 3 inches. I'd say the cushion part is about 2 inches thick and the mdf board you attach it to is about 1/2- 1 inch thick. You can always adjust the thickness of the mdf board and/or the foam cushion. Stores sell different thicknesses of these materials. Hope that helps!

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  8. Do you think the capita legs are necessary for the stability? I am wondering about doing this with out them?

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    1. Hi there, the capita legs are not needed. The shelf should be fine without them and will actually have more surface area on the floor so it may be more stable.

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  9. Where from the book shelves in pictures 4 and 5?

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  10. The book shelves I listed here: http://mommyvignettes.blogspot.com/2013/05/nursery-reveal-source-list.html. They are spice racks from Ikea.

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  11. Can you by chance tell me the exact measurements? The website only lists two measurements but I need all three to order my foam in advance. Thanks so much! What a grat project!!

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    1. The foam measures 72 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 3 inches high. That does not include about a half inch of mdf board underneath the foam piece. Hope that helps!

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  12. I love your bench and I will try to mimic somethings this month. I have two questions for you:
    1) How thick does the foam have to be?
    2) Where are the curtain "tie backs" from?

    Thanks!!!

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    1. THe tie-backs are from Walmart. Called Mainstays Holdback in White. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Holdback-White/20606853

      THe foam is the same width and length as the bench itself. I bought it at Smith's and had to cut off a little bit. THe heighth of the foam is about 2-3 inches. It doesn't have to be that thick, it's up to you.

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  13. The bench looks Superb! What type of Batting did you use? I saw there a couple available, eg, polyester/cotton. And what weight batting did you use (6oz/4oz)? Thank You!

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    1. Hi! I'm not sure what weight batting I used. I just got a generic batting bag from Walmart!

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  14. Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial !!!! I've been thinking about using the Expedit as a window seat in my new home in the States and your tutorial makes it a certainty!! Merci beaucoup!

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing. I have ordered the yellow material from fabric.com. I can't wait!!

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  16. I have been looking for some insights on finding a cheap storage bench seat, but honestly have no idea what I'm looking for. My wife asked to look for one so that we can put in our daughters room, but I'm not to good at finding this sort of stuff. After doing some looking around though, I have found this and http://homebins.com/collections/storage-bench to be very helpful. My wife is going to be stoked, thanks so much for sharing this!

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  17. I have been looking into getting or making a cheap storage bench seat or a window seat. That would be really great and would be a lot of help too. That way I will be able to store more things, but at the same time it not be out in the open.
    Jak Manson | http://homebins.com/collections/storage-bench

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  18. Awesome! Exactly what I'm looking for. The Kallax shelving is not as tall (long) as the Expedit but it should work. Can you tell me how you stabilized the shelves to make them permanently vertical? Also, on the off-chance that Ikea has a few 6' Expedit shelving units left, do you still have that Article Number? Thank you!

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    1. Hi there, the Expedit shelving unit is no longer available but the Kallax shelving unit is! I wish the Kallax one had been available I would have preferred that one with 4 openings instead of 5.

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  19. This is an amazing tutorial! Thank you so much for posting this, and with pictures. I am going to use this tutorial to make a bench seat for my dining room table. Thanks again! Super helpful.

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    1. So glad you liked it!! I have updated the tutorial with a new shelving unit that's available at Ikea now. So be sure to check it out again. I'd love to see your finished product!!

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  22. I noticed that the wood is hollow and the screw does not tight all the way. Did you have this issue?

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  23. Great job. How much weight do you think the bench would hold?

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  24. wonderful and this is perfect for my small kitchen. I was looking for a way to a inexpensive diy window seat. I have a home that was built in the 50's, kitchen is very small so this will fit under the window and I can create a little banquette . The only thing I will change is adding different legs.

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  25. I made my own version of this bench today for my little girl's room. It looks great! I'm so pleased with it. Thank you for the great, easy to follow instructions x

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  26. May I ask what color you painted the changing table. I am making the window bench and also love the color of the dressers!

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  27. I've had many requests to do a Window Bench tutorial from my Nursery Reveal post. ... storagebench.blogspot.com

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  28. Wow this is an awesome idea! Thank you for the detailed instructions! I really hope I have space in my new home so I can attempt to build one! =)

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  29. Thank you for posting! I made this bench with the Kallax shelf and used Besta legs as I could not find the capita legs. It was very easy to make and it turned out perfect!

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    1. How did you do this? I have the same legs and I can't find a secure place to screw them in. It's not secure and they wobble. I see everyone has added legs and I can't figure out why mine suck!!!! What did you use to get them to stay in the hollow material? How many did you use? Thanks so much!!!

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    2. Hi there. So sorry you are having trouble. We used the Capita legs from Ikea and I don't remember having any trouble. We used the screws that came with the legs, I think each leg has 4 screws. We had to pre-drill a small hole first then hand-screw in the legs, but they went in tight and stayed tight. I don't think our bench is hollow. Ikea doesn't make and sell the bench we used (Expedit shelving unit) so maybe the Kallax unit Ikea sells now is hollow.

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  31. Fantastic tutorial! Your instructions are so clear and easy to follow and the progress photos are a great help. Thanks so much for sharing and keep up the awesome work, you are inspiring a lot of people!

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  32. It's "voila", not "waaalah"...

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    1. She has done a tutorial on furniture hacks not o linguistics. Sheesh, some people!!

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    2. Ha! In our house we say 'waaalah'

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  33. I am glad I came across this post of yours. It inspired me so much, that I too made a bench with the kallax shelf.
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  34. Since it has been 2 years since you made your benches, I just was wondering how they have held up - especially with adults sitting on them. I found a Better Homes and Gardens shelf at Walmart with 3 openings and was considering using that but didn't know how it would hold up.

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    1. Hi there! Our benches have held up very well. We don't have several adults sitting on them at once all the time, but they hold a lot of weight and we have seen no damage or no signs of wear and tear on the benches or legs themselves. Highly recommend doing this!

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  35. Hi! Where did u buy your lace curtains and how did you put them up with the pink ones

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    1. PLease check out my blog post "Nursery Reveal: Source List" http://mommyvignettes.blogspot.com/2013/05/nursery-reveal-source-list.html

      You can find all the info there where I bought both sets of curtains and curtain rods (from Ikea).

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  36. This is sooo amazing! I am starting a daycare and I think I will use this idea! I love love love it! Great job! You must be very creative! Id love to see more of what you create! Great job!!

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    1. Thank you! I can see this bench doing wonders for your daycare! I wish you luck in making it yourself, and please see my other ideas to see if any of them work out for you!

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  37. Hi! This is an awesome idea that I want to use for my apartment since I can't attach anything to the wall. I know this question has been asked before but how has the bench held up since it is made to be a bookshelf and not a bench. I'm concerned that it won't be sturdy enough. Thanks!

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    1. Yes it has held up extremely well. I don't have several adults sitting on it at one time usually, but we have had it for almost 3 years now and have seen no signs of damage or wear and tear on the bench or legs. And we have two kids who climb on it all the time!

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  38. What would you do if the clothe is gettingt dirty or something is spilled on? I wantyop make a cushion but with a option where i could remove clothe wash and put it back.

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    1. I have used regular stain-removing products from the store to get stains out and it has worked really well. I even got pen out of the cushion! I would recommend sewing a removable cover if you want to be able to remove it and wash it. I didn't want to do that so I made a permanent one that is stapled to the bench itself.

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    2. Sunbrella fabric is sturdy and stain resistant

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  39. I have the same question about how this has held up and if anyone has had any different experiences with the new shelving unit?

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    1. Yes it has held up extremely well. I don't have several adults sitting on it at one time usually, but we have had it for almost 3 years now and have seen no signs of damage or wear and tear on the bench or legs. And we have two kids who climb on it all the time!

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  40. Hey I just made this bench with Kallax, using your tutorial as well as the one found in the below link. I used plastic coated fabric from IKEA for my infants playroom. Thanks!!

    http://thoughtofyoufabricaccessories.blogspot.com/2015/02/bench-cushion-for-ikea-kallax-unit.html

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    1. Thanks for sharing! So glad you were able to make the bench!

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  41. I just used your great directions and list of products to create a cushion for my daughter's window bench (already built into the house). It turned out beautiful! I even used the same indoor material that you did (in slate blue instead of yellow as she is 10 yrs). Thank you so much - this was a great tool for me to use!

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    1. I'm thrilled! So glad my tutorial helped you out and hope your daughter loves it!

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  42. This is exactly what I was looking for but I am limited on space (we only have about 42 inches for a seat) Can you recommend any other shelving that might work for a smaller space?

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    1. I've seen similar shelves at Ikea that are shorter and even shelving units from Home Depot, Walmart, Kmart, etc. When I started, I was looking for something slightly shorter myself, but Ikea only had the long one at that time. Good luck!

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    2. We have the ikea trofast white shelves and the natural wood shelves, both the one with three openings and the one that looks like a stair step. While the white trofast shelves are definitely not sturdy enough, the wood trofast shelves are extremely heavy and have held together very well. I have 3 boys ages 8, 8, and 12, and they have climbed all over them for years and years and years with no damage or signs of weakening. I would absolutely say the natural wood trofast set that has the three openings, not the stairsteps shape, would work perfectly if the length is right. I'm considering putting two of those together under each window myself.

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    3. Sorry, I just realized your post is from October! Maybe my post will help someone else so I'll leave it up.

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    4. How do you keep the shelves from falling over once the unit is on its side?

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  43. This is exactly the project I was looking for - thank you! Only problem is my craft skills are lacking - do you know if it's possible to repurpose the crib mattress on top of shelf might work as well?? Thanks!!

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  44. Any suggestions for where to find the bins for the Kallax unit? What size bin will be needed for this unit?

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    1. Check out my blog post on storage bins I used: http://mommyvignettes.blogspot.com/2013/05/ikea-window-bench-storage-containers.html

      My storage bins were 13x13 inches but some are smaller more like 10x10 or 11x11. You'll have to look up the measurements on Ikea's website.

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  46. Ikea just opened where I live and I can't wait to try this out for my small entry area. I'm also totally loving the lace curtains. Where are they from?

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  47. I cant find either of the shelves now, is there a new brand after kallax

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    1. Ikea is always changing what they have available. I know they have shelving units very similar to mine right now, but I'm not sure the brand name. You can look it up online.

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  48. You can find these bookshelves just about anywhere. I bought one from bed, bath and beyond. Have also seen them at Walmart and Kmart in the past. The one I have is black. I was going to paint it but now I'm thinking it would look great in my son's new Transformers bedroom. Cover it with transformer fabric and add a couple primary color pillows and maybe an Optimus Prime and a Bumblebee pillow as well. May have to make the pillows out of pillow cases but I think it would be neat.

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I love the Transformers idea.

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  49. This is exactly the tutorial that I'm looking for. Thank you. One question though, when you attach the cushion to the bench, how far did the screw go up the cushion? I guess I'm concerned about whether I will hit the screw when I sit on it. Thanks.

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    1. Hi there! Our screws were 3 inches long and the do not go up into the cushion part at all. It stops somewhere in the mdf board we used. THe mdf board we used isn't very thick (less than half an inch I think) so I think you will be okay as long as you're using 3 inch or less size screws. hOpe that helps!

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  50. What would you say your total cost was for the living room bench?

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  51. Where did you find the MDF board? And do you remember the exact dimension. I'm only making 1 bench. But can't seem to find a board long enough and not super expensive

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  52. Your bench turned out fabulous although I know this is an older post but I just found it while googling what size foam to use for a kitchen bench. I was going to have the wooden part made but was amazed to find you used the shelves already sized and made. Wow. And luckily we have Ikea here in Ireland so I am hoping to copy your bench. Thank you soooo much for the tutorial...

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  53. and P.S. I love the 'no sew' part:-)

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  54. I wholeheartedly agree with your comment to wait until you find the "right" fabric. When we moved into our house in 2000 I couldn't wait to decorate. I had a bunch of ideas from HGTV (BEFORE THEY GOT RID OF DECORATING SHOWS so now I rarely watch it. In the past I could cut it on and run all day, but I digress)I had several no-sew or mini-sew ideas. One of which is a roll up window shade for my daughters. The youngest was way into "The Powerpuff Girls" so I roamed the whole store my peanut gallery (husband and said daughter) was getting way antsy. I simply told them, "When I see, I will know." As an HGTV addict I knew what I wanted - not matchy-matchy, but something complimentary. I did and it turned out FABULOUSLY!

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  56. This project looks perfect. Good to see on ikea that the shelf isn't expensive!
    I was wondering what size storage boxes you used ? They seem to fit seamlessly, even with the shelf "laying down" ( as its meant to be upright). Thanks.

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  57. Sorry, another question. What is the depth of the seat? I've been looking for ikea furniture and can find ones at about 40cm deep. Is this deep enough for a seat? Also, there's no ikea close to where I live so I'm looking elsewhere for similar shelves, but not really sure how deep they need to be to be able to sit on comfortably . Thank you.

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  58. Is this actually weight bearing? As in, can adults actually sit on it without it buckling or breaking? I have some IKEA furniture that is a tad bit lightweight/cheap that I wouldn't imagine even leaning on for fear of breaking it! Do you find that it holds up completely with an adult sitting on it? Thank you!

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  61. I used this idea to make a bench for an old van conversion that I re-purposed for camping. The bins hold my clothes, towels, etc, and the top works as a night stand for my lantern, kleenx, and book as well as a bench. I had to find a three shelf bookcase that could hold my weight to fit the area, but found one on amazon that was reasonable. Making the cushion is next.

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  62. This is a fantastic tutorial, just what I've been looking for to put in my hallway. Thanks so much, I feel a trip to ikea coming on! X

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  63. Fabulous tutorial and photos.You've saved my decorating budget! Waaaalah is "voila`", one of our fave French exclamations. Thanks again.

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  64. Fabulous tutorial and photos.You've saved my decorating budget! Waaaalah is "voila`", one of our fave French exclamations. Thanks again.

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  66. This is such a great idea! I really want to do this for my daughter's books & toys in the living room. Thank you for the great tutorial!!

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  67. Do you think using Velcro strips to stick down the cushion to the bookshelf is strong enough? I was thinking about laying down Velcro strips all along the side of the top and laying the cushion down on it.

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  68. I'm starting a home piano studio this fall, and am so excited to find this blog. I want to make several these benches to go all along 2 walls of the spare room where I teach, so that there's enough seating to teach the occasional group class. Four questions: (1) Do you think they will hold up with that kind of use, assuming 3 or 4 kids of varrying ages per bench for a couple hours every 6 to 8 weeks? (2) Do you think the sturdiness is affected (either positively or negatively) with the addition of legs? I.e., Do you think the benches might be more or less likely to sag with the legs vs flat on the floor? (3) If you had 2 benches lined up end-to-end, would you recommend making one long cushion to cover them both, or two separate cushions-- one for each bench? (4) Do you know the density of the foam you used, or was it just a general foam without a density listed?

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  69. I'm starting a home piano studio this fall, and am so excited to find this blog. I want to make several these benches to go all along 2 walls of the spare room where I teach, so that there's enough seating to teach the occasional group class. Four questions: (1) Do you think they will hold up with that kind of use, assuming 3 or 4 kids of varrying ages per bench for a couple hours every 6 to 8 weeks? (2) Do you think the sturdiness is affected (either positively or negatively) with the addition of legs? I.e., Do you think the benches might be more or less likely to sag with the legs vs flat on the floor? (3) If you had 2 benches lined up end-to-end, would you recommend making one long cushion to cover them both, or two separate cushions-- one for each bench? (4) Do you know the density of the foam you used, or was it just a general foam without a density listed?

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  71. Hello,
    Do you have the link for the foam?

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  72. Warning: It will not work to put the Capita legs on this. The Kallax wood is HOLLOW cardboard, and the screws you put in for the legs will just spin and spin. I don't know how the OP got the screws to go in tightly, but they will NOT hold tight in the Kallax. If you need legs on this, you will need to try something different. That said, the kallax seems sturdy enough to sit on, but screwing any legs on is a hopeless cause. I even tried drywall anchors, and they just spun in their holes also.

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    1. I have to disagree. I made my bench yesterday and the legs secured perfectly with only their included hardware. I used a nail and hammer to tap a small starting spot and then we're perfect. I did not use a power drill. Just a Philips screwdriver and went very slowly.

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    2. The edges of the Kallax have solid wood so if you attach here they hold fine but any screws put in an inch or so from the edge will spin as this is where the hollow cardboard begins.

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  74. Hi. I just want to say THANK YOU! I used your guide to making a storage bench and it turned out beautifully. Not as much as yours but as a rookie DIY-er, I'm happy with my results. I could do it without you. Thank you so much!!!! Niki

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  77. Hi, beautiful bench!! Where can I buy the wood board?

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  79. I finally had some time and used your tips today to create a top for an Ikea Angso (Ikea Australia) outdoor storage unit. It's the first time I've ever attempted anything like this and was really surprised how easy it was. Thank you!

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  84. It looked like thin strips of foam? but when you finished your padding looked real high and nice? was it many pieces of foam together or one big high piece?

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