Published on November 3rd, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Hack a window seat

Amy shares her window seat with us, made from Lack shelving units.

She writes, “We used two Lack shelves to create seating for our playroom. The Lack shelves are super-sturdy, so we turned them on their sides to create window seats. We cut foam padding to fit – definitely a two-person job. We used an electric knife, and I can’t imagine anything else that would work. I used the book, Singer: Sewing for the HomeSinger: Sewing for the Home, to help with the how-to of the upholstery project.

Ikea didn’t carry canvas baskets for either of these shelves, and I thought canvas would be much more practical than Ikea’s plastic, paper, or wicker options. So, I found canvas baskets at Wal-Mart. (It was really hard to find what I was looking for!) Wal-Mart seems to carry these sizes in different colors every year during January/February. We’re enjoying our new setup!”

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16 Responses to Hack a window seat

  1. Sue says:

    This looks great, really nice job. Did you have to do anything extra to make sure they hold the weight of multiple adults sitting or laying down on them?

  2. Anonymous says:

    is that the madeline weinrib cloth?

  3. Michele says:

    Nice job! This could be used for a long time as the playroom evolves with the kids’ needs.

  4. baby cakes says:

    i love this hack! i saw it at a salon recently too, but they had added little chrome legs to the bottom for a little lift and to make it look more like a bench. it was very fabulous. you could also add rolling wheels to the bottom to make it easily moveable!

  5. ruky says:

    thanks. it gave me a inspiration for my window seat =]

  6. Anime says:

    This is a nice job for playroom seating.

  7. Scott says:

    My wife and I bought several mattress and cushion pads from (found them through You can get them to custom cut to whatever shape you want, and buy made-to-fit covers for them.

    I find their website a little confusing, especially since they don’t allow an easy way to compare pricing between, say, one of their standard mattress cuts and a custom cut. But all in all, I’m pretty happy.

  8. Alexa says:

    For cutting foam, try a serrated bread knife. I suppose an electric meat-carving knife would work well, too.

  9. ile says:

    Nice hack!

    Cutting foam with a heated piece of wire also works pretty well. Wrap the ends of the wire around pencils, heat the wire over a gas oven (or Bunsen burner), tug on the pencils to get the wire straight, and cut through the foam :-)

  10. IVAN says:

    Hello, nice ikea hack here!

  11. Linda says:

    i’ve cut upholstery foam with a utility type knife with the blade pushed all the way out (longer than the width of the foam). you just have to back and forth. scissors are a mess though.

  12. Neel says:

    The Lack – especially in the black-brown finish – scratches pretty easily so the canvas baskets were a great idea both aesthetically and practically! The cushion on top protects the top from scratching, too. Great hack.

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  14. billthegrunt says:

    Nice job with the playroom seating. I love the solidity of the Lack shelves but it’s disappointing there are no Ikea accessories for them. Basically you can stack them, put legs on them and that’s it (unless you’re a very clever IkeaHacker, which I’m not).

  15. Tururu says:

    Good idea!!! it´s multifuntional!!

    all the best from

  16. Catherine says:

    Something I found out when I was shopping for a futon mattress last year, is that a lot of mattress stores carry large foam and they will cut it to size for you. Just call around your local stores and see if they do the same thing!

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