Build a window seat with bookshelves

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Nesting With Grace. We have a window seat and it seemed WAY too complicated to attempt ourselves. Until my brother-in-law showed us how it easy it was! This is a follow up post to that post. It is true. I actually think after watching my brother-in-law complete this I could actually duplicate it.
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DIY Bookcase Bench

Window Bench With Storage

This is what it looked like when we started after we had put the window in. Before you do decide how big you want the seat. We went with a 5 foot seat which allowed for 18 inch bookshelves on either side. Install the front frame by screwing it to the side frames and floor. We chose to build the shelves a little off the floor to allow for baseboard to wrap around both. It gives the bookshelf a beefier and solid look. Once you have it all framed give it a couple coats of paint.

As attractive as window seats are, only a few older homes with deep dormers seem to have them. And adding a window seat has always been considered impractical. First, you need a niche that features a window. Then, the seat has to be custom-built by a cabinetmaker or trim carpenter to fit the exact width and sill height of the window. Not surprisingly, this approach is expensive and time-consuming. Here's how to build a beautiful, custom window seat in just a couple of days using ready-made kitchen cabinets. This simple, do-it-yourself approach provides both the "niche" and the window seat, and an abundance of storage space.

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A window seat is that extra touch that transforms your house into a real home. With your new cozy perch, you'll enjoy reading, chatting with a friend, or basking in the sun. Top the window seat with a cushion for comfort and add fun pillows. On the functional side, this DIY window seat comes with over 6 cubic feet of built-in storage room. Your window seat will have a flawless, professional look because of one secret: pre-built wall cabinets. Available by order or in-stock at many home centers, wall cabinets make this job largely about assembly rather than about building cabinetry from scratch.

Window benches with storage offer charm and character to a room, make it appear airy, and give you extra space to keep stuff. Not only does this piece of furniture make the window the focal point of your room, but it also turns the otherwise unused floor space into a useful area. They are sturdy. The padding gives it a sophisticated look. And, if you decide to amp up the look, you can do so with cushions and pillows of your choice.

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