Having a seat behind your window just makes the room a little more interesting and useful. This allows you to stare outside during a beautiful slow rain, the fall of leaves or the drop of snowflakes. It is a small corner that gives you a reason to relax and have a peace of mind. Nevertheless, the project this matter involves is not that expensive. You won’t have to hire a professional designer or contractor to give you the best, cute and most comfortable window seat and cushions. You can absolutely do it yourself with these simple tips and ideas.
Step One: Get Tools and Materials
Obviously, you need a set of materials and tools in order to start making your own window seat cushions. The number of tools to use may even be added, depends if there is already a space intended for putting cushion, or you may need to renovate the entire corner.
If there is no window seat, that is not a problem at all. You just have to build a long, rectangular drawer or 1-layer small cabinet that you can fill in the space. What you need to build this are several cuts of durable plywood, a hammer or a nail gun, a saw and nails, as well as a tape measure, a pencil and a piece of paper for listing down measurements.
For the cushion, you need to have a foam, cover (like a pillow cover), which is basically made from soft and smooth fabric, nails, nail gun, and a sewing kit. You can use a handy sewer for covering the foam.
Step Two: Measure
Measure everything from top to bottom, front side to back side, and left to right. That also means there is a need to measure the dimension of the plywood that you are going to use if in case you still have to make a window seat space. The foam must be accurately measured, so is the fabric material for its covering.
Measurement depends on how the space beside your window, and how long or short you want your window seat will be like. But it is much better that you put extra storage at the bottom of the seat. This gives you more space of putting some things like books, magazines, toys, belts, bags, and other accessories that can fit in the drawers or little cabinets. Again, you have to measure each storage room in proper sizes. Sure, you can have equal sizes for all the storage spaces or some may be a little bit roomy.
Step Three: Cut
You may begin cutting the plywood, the foam and the cover. All must be cut based on how you measure them. Consequently, each should fit together but the basis is always with the bench or the seat. The foam needs to fit in the bench, not too small or too big. The cover must also fit well to the foam.
Step Four: Nail Up and Assemble
To assemble a window bench or seat, all cuts of plywood must be securely glued each other. That’s exactly the next thing you have to do in order to complete this DIY project. Of course, the foam must not be attached on the furniture or plywood. Otherwise, it won’t be easy to cover the cushions with any soft fabric material.
Step Five: Cover the Cushion
Whether you have thin or thick foam of one or more layers, the last thing you have to do is to cover the window seat cushion. Fold in the fabric and ensure it has covered the entire foam. Sew it up and that’s it!
Seat cushion is not the only thing that sets up your window bench. You must also add two or three cushions, like the ones used in a living room couch. You can also make some of these on your own. The extra foam you have used during the cutting step can be used here. If not, you can just make pillow covers and stuff them in with strips of old clothes.
Sometimes, a DIY home project is fun and a good learning experience. You must learn how to save money by creating on your own bare hands. Besides, it is not that hard at all to make a window seat and cushions.