Window Seat DIY

Do you see this little sad corner of my upstairs hallway? It is one of the dormer windows and the previous owners had it covered up with a desk.
I had other plans for it...

I envisioned a place for the kids to curl up, look out of the window, and get lost
 in a book. A quiet corner to retreat to when they needed some quiet time.

So, it became our next project. A window seat!

We went to the store and purchased wood and beadboard to construct the base. We built the seat for less then $25 because we found many of the materials on the as-is cart. I'm pretty sure all home improvement stores have an area like this. Full of lumber and goods that are not in "perfect" shape but they worked for us. Here is a look....

Simple lumber from any home improvement store.

After the structure was in place upstairs, we attached it to the wall and closed it in with plywood. We also put molding and beadboard on the front.

I originally thought about either having a cushion custom-made for the seat or making one myself. But one day, I got an idea. I thought the space looked big enough for a crib mattress that I was no longer using (SAD!) so I tried it out. It fit perfectly and snug. I couldn't believe it.

I covered the crib mattress with a textured/neutral window curtain panel from our last house that we no longer used. Free fabric...because the other matching ones have become drop cloths for painting..

Here is my new window seat....








This whole area has gotten a makeover. I'll be back tomorrow to show you the rest of it. Still trying to decide on a roman shade or valance for this window. And I have some other accessories to add.

Blue Pillows from Pottery Barn
Monogram Pillow DIY Here and can be purchased Here
Stripe Pillow from Home Goods


  1. this is such a cute idea!

  2. Heather: Do a valance! Simple, shirred, just like the curtain that's covering your bins! Or, maybe a sheer shirred, pulled to one side, with a tieback that coordinates the fabrics that are on the pillows? The tieback could even be an "A" to go with the monogram theme!



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