We Built a Custom Window Seat!

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Our bonus room upstairs is a long, rectangle-shaped room above our garage. There is a small kitchen area with a small sink, cabinets and space for a small fridge. Next to that is an area that is partially enclosed by 2 walls with a large window. It looks like a tiny room. My husband had a great idea to build a custom window seat there. Here are pictures of our journey…

Before

This area is about 8-1/2 feet wide.

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Framing in the window seat

We purchased all of the materials to build the seat from Home Depot.

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Attaching the plywood to build the seat

The bench is 30″ deep and 19″ tall. In the middle of the bench my husband added a lift-off panel with a hinge so we could store stuff inside the seat.

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Adding details

We added White Beadboard Panels to the front of the seat. My husband also wired and installed 2 lights to go on either side of the window.

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Finishing the Seat and more details

My daughter and I painted the rest of the seat with white paint. My husband put white molding on all the edges. He added 2 handles to the top of the lift-off panel. We also installed a long curtain rod to span the width of the area and added some gauze curtains. The curtain rod and curtains were ordered from Amazon.

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Finishing touches

We purchased 3 custom foam cushions from thefoamfactory.com. The pillows are from Old Time Pottery. I made the cushion covers myself. The ones pictured are from my 2nd try. I tried to make some covers using some cotton duck fabric from Walmart. I made the covers, washed them and when I tried to put them on the cushions they just fell apart. The seams ripped and it was not pretty. For my second try we went to Joann’s and bought some Home Decorator Fabric. My husband picked out the fabric based on the design and color. It is Waverly Upholstery Fabric – Documented Vermeil. Yes, I went from messing up cheap fabric to buying super-expensive fabric. No pressure! The fabric we purchased was 60% off at the time but we still spent a lot since we needed 6-1/2 yards. We ended up buying the rest of the roll.

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The fabric is gorgeous and of course I was terrified to sew with it. My husband had complete trust in me and I think that is the only reason why they turned out so well. It took me 4 days to complete all 3 cushion covers. I used an overcasting stitch on all the raw edges. I reinforced the stitches on all the corners. I created an overlapping flap on the edge facing the window so that it is hidden. The flap is secured with KAM Snaps. I decided to go this route because I wanted to be able to remove the covers to clean them and I was too afraid to try to add a zipper.

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Voila!

We think it turned out great. From start to finish it took us about 2 weeks. We are very happy with it. What do you think?

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