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Friday, July 20, 2012

The Great Window Seat Solution

I'd like to welcome Tamara today who has written a post especially for DIYbyDesign.  Enjoy!

One day, I walked into my teenage daughter’s room to put away the billionth load of laundry and had an epiphany. No longer would her room be cluttered with too much furniture and things scattered everywhere. I had thought of a way to get rid of her desk (that is never sat at and only used to cram stuff in) and her big fluffy papason chair that has seen better days. You see, she has a bay window that brings in lots of light, has a mountain view, and is under-utilized. What better way to make good use of her window, give her a cozy hang out spot, display her treasures and hide her clutter? A bay window seat with shelving and storage! Ingenious! Or at least it is in theory.

First step: Look at her room (pictured here) and take all measurements needed to make a bay window seat 20 inches high, with two doors underneath for storage and at the side angles, small shelving to display her treasures and store books.

Step 2: Compare my space with the experts who I use for those home interior remodel projects that are beyond my scope of DIY. This is a great seat idea for storage with the drawers underneath and using the white bead board for covering the inside of the area. I love the white finishing and two-tone color with the oak seat.



And another example for the final type of seat cushion with pillows for maximum comfort and how my daughter says “maximum cuteness.” Pillows are cushions are obviously a must as is the idea of lower book shelves.


Step 3: The build. Now that I have my ideas all on paper, these great reference photos and measurements taken, I can begin the building! There are many ways to build a window seat for any size and shape window and many options to use including doors for a big storage area, baskets or drawers to use and even building a hinged lid as the seat. Whichever design you prefer, it’s a great way to make use of under-utilized space and one more step in helping your home becoming design-pleasing and clutter free; no matter how many kids you have! Now, I’m off to go build my daughter’s new window seat and perhaps once all the cushions and pillows are in place with the finishing touches – to test it out by reading a book and taking a cat nap before letting her know it’s complete!

Thanks Tamara!

Have a great weekend!

-Judy


7 comments:

Sue@House Pretty said...

That's a VERY good idea!!! By the way, I love her window treatment. So pretty!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

Great idea!

NanaDiana said...

Judy- I LOVE LOVE LOVE a window seat. I can't wait to see yours all done- xo Diana

sofia said...

I really like the bookshelf couch hang-out place idea, a great way to save more space!

cheapest electricity queensland said...

Oh My gosh. I'm in love with the bookshelf and the cushion seat. What a great way to maximize space and organize your stuff. Got to use this as an inspiration for my room.

cheapest electricity queensland said...

Oh My gosh. I'm in love with the bookshelf and the cushion seat. What a great way to maximize space and organize your stuff. Got to use this as an inspiration for my room.

Sue said...

Love window seats, and this is way cool.

=)

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