Ikea Hack: Built-in Bookshelves With Windowseat for Under $350
We ended up being able to re-use the old trim that the girls and I had pulled off the wall as the baseboard. I also bought drawer pulls that fit the style of our room and, I feel, changed the style of the BENNO from modern to more traditional.
We felt the BENNO was too narrow, so the piece of alder we bought for the seat was deeper than the BENNO TV Bench. Jason built a brace on the wall behind the BENNO by screwing a 2" x 4" piece of wood into the stud so that the piece of alder could be affixed to that as well as the top of the BENNO. This makes the whole construction stronger.
Although I do want to have a cushion made for the top of it, the windowseat has become a coveted reading nook in our home.We are really happy with the results of this little DIY project!