This Clever DIY Storage Bench Hides All Your Electronic Clutter

This handy couple replaced their “chaos corner” with a double-duty cabinet that hides electronic equipment and expands seating in their living room. See how they did it, and how you can do it, too!

Call Lauren and Robert Shaver in-the-box thinkers. To stow electronic components near a TV mounted above the fireplace in their Rock Hill, SC, home, they made a window seat from a kitchen cabinet. Now their TV receiver, surround sound receiver, and game console hide behind cabinet doors. Cord covers guide the TV wiring across the mantel, down the wall, and through a cutout in the corner of the cabinet. The window seat, which took about eight hours to build, gets plenty of use. “Our 5-year-old daughter, Olivia, loves to sprawl out on it,” Lauren says, “and it’s great overflow seating for guests.”

  • Working Time 8 Hours
  • Start to Finish 8 Hours
  • Difficulty         Projects Kind of Hard
  • Involves Cutting, Drilling, Sawing, Painting

What you need

Tools

  • Handsaw
  • Heavy duty stapler
  • Power drill or driver

Materials

  • Bridge cabinet
  • Aluminum sheets (x2)
  • 2x4s for base
  • 2x4 vertical supports
  • Plywood
  • Boards (x2)
  • Seat cushion
  • Screws

How to do it

Step 1 The Cabinet

The best cabinet for Robert and Lauren’s spot was a bridge cabinet—the kind typically used over a range, refrigerator, or sink to fill the space between cabinets. (Theirs came from homedepot.com.) Robert cut out the panels in the cabinet doors and stapled on two aluminum sheets to hide the electronic equipment yet allow remote controls to work when the doors are closed. He also cut out a wide section of the cabinet back to ease access to the TV cords.

Step 2 The Frame

After removing the baseboard and quarter round trim in the nook, Robert and Lauren built a base on the floor out of 2x4s to support the cabinet. The couple mounted the cabinet to the base and added 2x4 vertical supports in each nook corner and around the outside of the cabinet to hold it in place and make it strong enough for seating. They built a plywood face on both sides of the cabinet and reinstalled the old baseboard and quarter round trim along the front. They painted the cord covers to match the wall.

Step 3 The Seat

The window seat consists of two boards attached to the vertical supports. One has a cutout in the back corner for the cords. Lauren got lucky with a ready-made cushion that fit. Bonus: It’s covered in easy-clean indoor-outdoor fabric. The total cost of the storage-friendly window seat was $265. Two fans that plug into USB ports keep electronics cool.

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