the dining room window seat

Of all the questions on the dining room makeover, one of the most frequently asked is, “How does the window seat look from the outside?  How did you get it to fit to the window?”

how to build a window bench seat around a window

I don’t have an exact tutorial put together yet, but I do have some general information and the in-process pictures.

first steps of building a window seat

You’re basically building a big box to sit in front of your window.  The picture above shows our basic construction.  As you can see from the top, it is only raised about 3 inches above where the window panes begin.  Hence, from the outside, you don’t really notice anything.

1. Because our bushes cover the window, people can’t really see it.  2.  It’s all white, so it simply looks like furniture/built ins, which is fine with us.

how to build a window bench seat around a window

As far as getting it to fit snugly against the window/wall, we simply made a little cut-out so it would fit closely.

how to build a window bench seat around a window

For the insides, because we created a hinged top for storage, Matt included extra trim around the front and back for extra support.

We don’t need a jumping toddler falling through the top, you know?

Until the how-to post Matt will write, I thought you might want to check out some of Ana White’s plans that could get you going:

Ikea Lack Inspired Bookcase

Storage Bench

Hope those behind-the-scenes photos help a little.  Stay tuned for another post today, involving some big news!!  All Things Furniture will post tomorrow morning or really late tonight.  After the announcement, I think you’ll understand why.


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4 Responses to the dining room window seat

  1. adventuresindinner September 9, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Awesome. I have a window bench in my kitchen for my recycling and would be lost without it.

  2. Stephanie September 9, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Love the window seat! Makes me want to do the same thing in our dining room, but I don’t think we have the room. :( Can’t wait to hear the BIG NEWS!

  3. Beth September 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    I have a question…We’re planning on building one of these in our breakfast nook and also building bookcases on each side of the window. My question is are you still going to be able to open your windows if you need to? I had thought about making my window seat movable by putting locking casters on the bottom of it. We were going to use the window seat as extra seating for the breakfast table and if I get tired of it I can move it out and just put a chair there. Also, what’s the distance from your window sill to the floor?
    Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. brandy May 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Did you ever finish a “how to” for this? I am thinking about doing this and was just wondering. Thanks!

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