Home Decorating: Build a Window Seat
by Sonya Weiss
You can build a beautiful window seat even if you're not handy doing carpentry work. As an added bonus, by building a window seat, you'll increase your storage space in a way that will be both useful and attractive.
Rather than taking the time to build the seat the old fashioned piece at a time way, go to your local home improvement store and buy sturdy wall cabinets already made and ready to go. If you buy unfinished cabinets, you can stain or paint them in the color to match the room.
To get started, measure the area for the window seat. Decide whether or not you want a base. If you build a platform or base for the window seat--you can do this using 2 x 4's--be sure and take into consideration the extra height. You don't want the window seat to interfere with the window ledge.
Set the pre-made cabinets on either the base or directly onto the floor--keep in mind if you do place them directly on the floor and ever decide to remove the window seat, the flooring may have some slight scarring especially a vinyl floor.
Screw the cabinets to one another using wood screws. If there are gaps between the cabinets, you can cover these with filler material.
Place a piece of faced plywood directly across the top length of the cabinets and nail it down. I would suggest using hardwood plywood such as mahogany or maple rather than softwood plywood.
For the final touch, along the bottom of the cabinet, nail decorative baseboard moulding.
Relax and enjoy the view.