Image credits: olivegrey avenue via Youtube
If you love shopping in IKEA, then you will love this window seat with besta drawers from olivegrey avenue on Youtube. She took these IKEA boxes to the next level, and this window seat is not just pretty but also very sturdy. This window seat would definitely add a lot of character to your home! Watch the video tutorial below for the step-by-step process.
Take the besta boxes and place them in the window where you intend to put them. To start building the frame, cut 2x4s to the exact height of the boxes, then measure the length of the entire thing and built a little bump out for the end cabinet to match the depth of the desk. After you measured and cut all the 2x4s, screw them all together, then attached them to the wall. (There are three 2x4s where each box meets to support each box and the 2x4s between them.) If possible, take off the window sill before attaching the besta box frame for a better fit. Next, measure out where the electrical box extender should be placed. After cutting the hole, attach a sheet of plywood to the other side of the box to cover the gap and bump out of the cabinet. After this, secure the cabinets together. Put a 2×4 in between the boxes in the front and the back, clamp it in place and make sure that the 2×4 is flush. Pre-drilled a hole and screw everything together. Repeat this process for each of the cabinets. Next, for framing the top, attach 1x4s to the 2x4s. (Make sure to pre-drill all of your holes so you don’t split the wood.) After this, install the besta drawer hardware in each box as well as the besta drawer frame. Finish the top of the window seat with three 3/4″ plywood and glue it all together with construction adhesive.
Use 1x4s on the bottom and attached it using construction adhesive and brad nails. After all the trim work is done, fill the brad nail holes with wood filler. Once it dried, sand it down. After sanding it down, you can start priming the window seat and after it is dried, take a 120 grit sandpaper and lightly sand it all over, then start painting it. (Also sand down the cabinet doors, prime them, then paint.)