How to Build a Window Seat with Storage
Six Easy Steps
Making A Fabulous Window Seat
A quick and easy DIY project which you may wish to undertake is building a window seat out of kitchen units. It can be made to fit under any size window and be free standing or mounted to the wall. A window seat gives you additional seating and storage and is perfect for all rooms.
Adding a window seat in an unused space, immediately creates a spot where you can seat and relax whilst being a washed by natural day light.
If you have a narrow space within your kitchen you can pair a table and chairs with window seating.
Additional storage can be built either side of the window seat, using additional cabinets and shelving from the kitchen cabinet range.
Anyone with basic DIY skills i.e you have some basic carpentry skills (you know how to hammer, nail, measure and use some power tools will be able to manage this project and it will take approximately a weekend to complete.
- 2 unfinished or melamine kitchen wall cabinets
- Wood filler
- Wood stain
- Primer & paint
- Paint brushes
- Wide board for bench top (optional)
- 2″ by 4″ or 2” by 6” timber for the base frame
- Tools and hardware to attach cabinets to wall and frame
- Foam and fabric
- Baskets or storage containers
Buy a pair a of unfinished kitchen wall cabinets from a local home improvement shop. Remove the doors to create open storage; then use the wood filler to cover the holes and sand lightly. If you would prefer, you can choose to keep the doors on for a solid closed solution.
For unfinished units stain or paint the exterior and interior of the cabinets in the colour of your choice. Alternatively if you buy cabinets that are melamine you will not be able to paint/stain them so buy a colour you are happy with and that matches your existing furnishings.
Next you need to build a frame for the cabinet units to seat on, using either; 2″ by 4″ or 2” by 6” timber depending on the height you would like build a frame for the units. The frame should be the same length as the units but 2″ or 3″ less than the depth of the units to create a recess underneath the front section. Include a centre support in the frame for added stability. Paint the frame to match the units.
Position the frame under the window; this can be now screwed securely to the wall. Once in place add the units onto the top of the painted frame and secure together with hardware.
For a larger seat area you can add a wider piece of wood onto the top of the units and this will also to join the two cabinets together. Treat this wood with the same paint/stain as the frame.
Cover the top of the seating area with cushions upholstered in fabric’s that coordinates with your room. You can also buy a piece of foam that will cover the seating area and make a cover, if you do not think you will be able to take on an upholstery job then you could outsource this to a local company. They will just need the foam/or measurements to make a suitable cover. Place baskets or storage containers in the open compartments to add stylish storage. Alternatively stack books and other items in the compartments for a different look.