How to Build a Window Seat, Easily and Affordably

Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

ldquo;Whether your petite space needs some extra seating or yoursquo;re craving a cozy nook, the window seat is a functional solution to many aspects of home design,rdquo; said Elle Decor. ldquo;Top it with a plush throw or surround it with a table and chairsmdash;the window seat shines in many ways and wersquo;re not just talking about the magnificent natural light.rdquo;

This cozy addition is easier than you think to pull off. In fact, you can build a custom-looking feature easily and affordably, and the whole DIY thing can be created in less than an afternoon. For the sake of ease and expediency, wersquo;re concentrating on simple solutions using ready-made items like cabinetry, but if you want to build a window seat from scratch, you can get a good tutorial here.

It should also be noted that, while wersquo;re calling this a window seat, it could just as easily bring interest and functionality to any old nook or niche in need of a little love.

Here are our best tips:

Use pre-made cabinets

You may love the idea of a completely custom built-in, but do your DIY skills match up to the vision? Pre-made kitchen cabinets may be the answer. Look for wall cabinets, especially those intended to go over the refrigerator, because they have more depth. The traditional 12-inch depth of a wall cabinet wonrsquo;t give you much tush space, and base cabinets tend to be too tall.

In this video, you can learn how to turn IKEArsquo;s SEKTION over-the-fridge cabinets into a dining bench. The same idea can be used to create a window seat. Itrsquo;s up to you whether you want to create a base to go under the cabinets, to raise them above their 15-inch height. Standard seating height is about 18 inches, but you donrsquo;t have to go that high, especially if you are going to be using a thick cushionmdash;and if yoursquo;re not intending for this to be used at a dining table.

You can see what cabinets will look like without a base here. Personally we love the low, sleek look and the fact that no sawing is involved. These in-stock cabinets from Lowersquo;s are another option. They come in a variety of sizes and are already painted gray.

Use a toy box

If yoursquo;re OK with or if you prefer the idea of a lid you can lift up instead of cabinets to open, a toy box makes a great base for a window seat. This one from Wayfair is >

Use a bookcase

Flip this KALLAX shelving unit nbsp;from IKEA on its side and you have a bench with cubbies for storage. Even better, itrsquo;s super affordable, comes in several colors, and can be customized with a variety of drawers, doors, and other storage options.

Make your own cushion

Now itrsquo;s time to top it. You have a couple of options for a homemade bench cushion, and it really comes down to whether or not you can sew. If yoursquo;re a whiz on the sewing machine, you likely already know what you want to do, but this version with box corners keeps everything neat and clean.

If you donrsquo;t sew, yoursquo;ll want to become friends with the staple gun. In addition to your fabric and stapler, yoursquo;ll need foam, spray adhesive, and plywood. Dont freak out about the plywood; you can have it cut to size for free when you purchase it at Lowersquo;s or Home Depot. Now itrsquo;s just a matter of putting it all together. Get the full tutorial here and here.

Get fancy with a French mattress

You can also top your budget window seat with one of these beauties and no one will ever know itrsquo;s not an expensive, custom built-in. Unless yoursquo;re a master sewer, yoursquo;ll probably have to buy one retail or outsource this, and it can get pricey. Driven by Deacute;cor was quoted as much as 2,500 by a New York company If you dont get lucky with a great seamstress the way she did, check out Urban Outfitters. Wersquo;re so in love with their Rohini Daybed Cushion and the 119 price that wersquo;re trying to figure out how to fit a 74-inch bench in our breakfast nook.

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