Building the Window Seat
- Acquire the door and other materials you’ll need. Look for sound, solid doors in a style that will complement your home furnishings or style ideas. Hunting for the materials should be exciting and fun, don’t be discouraged if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for at first, persistence, and patience, is an important part of this process. Make note of the dimensions of your window before embarking on your shopping trip.
- Clean and prepare your materials. This recycling old stuff into new stuff can be rewarding, but it is also hard work at times. Often times you must pull old nails, clean away years of accumulated dirt, etc. before going to work on your project. Ours was no exception. We got started by scrubbing the old pallet boards and 2x4s that would become various parts of the window seat and its supports.
- Size the door. The horizontal dimension for our bay window was 88 ¼”; however, our door was only 83” tall, so we didn’t have to shorten the door. The door would need to be ripped to the proper seating height, minus the thickness of the top, destined to be ¾” plywood plus a seat cushion. Our height was 19 ½”, which allowed for the old window apron and stool to be removed and the new window seat top to butt against the existing window casing for a seamless look. Of course, you’ll have to tailor your project to the dimensions of your window.