Published on April 13th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


A window bench

Materials: Lack Bookcase, Capita Legs, Iris Chair Pad, Signe Rug

Description: We initially made this bench to go with our dining room table, but after a few IKEAhackers’ readers were worried about the weight restrictions, and we had relatives complain about having to sit on a bench for Thanksgiving dinner, we found ourselves some lovely dining chairs and found a new use for the bench. Weight restriction still applies, though these days its mostly a toddler who is enjoying the view!

How to:

Turn bookcase on its side
Attach 6-8 Capita legs (they come in 3 heights)
Attach 5 Iris Chair pads (they fit almost perfectly)
Braid ends of fringe of 2 Signe Rugs
Attach rugs with a staple gun
Add decorative pillows

The baskets are old IKEA, that I actually found at a salvage store. I spray painted them white and made tags so our little one knows what goes where.

See more of the window bench.

~ Alex T, San Francisco Bay Area

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

8 Responses to A window bench

  1. Meerah says:

    People who are invited for a meal on Thanksgiving forget the main word in THANKSGIVING. Shame on them for their petty complaining. They can sit where ever they want in their own home where they can do the cooking, cleaning & the expense!

  2. I love it !
    What is the dimensions of the rug as to Ikea do not do the rugs any more :( . I was thinking I could do it with a similar rug of the same size.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t really see anything about the weight restriction…. what is it??

  4. shannon says:

    This is awesome but I am confused, how do the cushions stop you from falling through?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Do you think you could use the Expedit bookcase as a bench too weight wise? Thanks!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have that rug, I can’t figure out how to vacuum it with out destroying it. grumble.

  7. Marcie says:

    The bench looks great! I have been looking for a good bench for my entryway.

    I LOVE the rug. In the pictures I immediately felt like there were hundred of little fish eyeballs staring at me.

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