This kitchen window seat was a winner, adding seating and storage for over sized kitchen pots. The homeowner originally wanted to add a matching kitchen cabinet with open shelving on the angled sides.
We looked at the framing required around the cabinet to support the weight of 2 or 3 people sitting there, and explained how much space would be lost to frame and integrate 3 components. Several sketches later and everyone agreed that a custom window seat would provide maximum storage with a white cabinet painted to match the shutters.
Steps to Build a Window Seat
Bay windows are wonderful for bringing more sunlight into a room. There also more challenging to furnish so you get use of the space, so this window seat was a perfect way to add seating and storage. Here the steps taken to build this custom window seat (following photos below):
- Framed the base to avoid having to move heating vent below the window. Note the center rectangle which is is the new heat vent.
- Added the floor of the storage cabinet, placing it on top of the base framing.
- Framed the cabinet, attaching it to the surrounding walls for strength. This design allows the entire opening to be used for storage by sliding pots and pans to either side.
- Built the window seat top with a door that rests on the horizontal support framing.
- Painted the new window seat with semi-gloss white to match the surrounding trim and shutters. Note trim on front that ties into the Shaker cabinet design.
- Finished except for a coordinating cushion. Homeowner demonstrating how the door lifts to gain access to their new storage space.
Other Places to Build a Window Seat
If you're looking for more storage in your home, you've probably got a great spot but haven't yet discovered it. Here are some places where we've seen window seats:
- Any type of bay window is a candidate for a window seat like the one shown here.
- Attic space with dormers that provide sides and all you need to do is build the seat to fit the space below the window.
- Often there is unused space around a staircase or in an upstairs hallway next to the linen closet. If you've got a wide hall, maybe you can add 12 to 18 inch deep shelving/cabinets with a window seat tucked in?
- Bedrooms with extra space offer an opportunity to build a window seat with bookshelves on either end.