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Create a beautiful window seat with loads of extra storage

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As attractive as window seats are, only a few older homes with deep dormers seem to have them. And adding a window seat has always been considered impractical. First, you need a niche that features a window. Then, the seat has to be custom-built by a cabinetmaker or trim carpenter to fit the exact width and sill height of the window. Not surprisingly, this approach is expensive and time-consuming.

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Tip: When deciding where to install a window seat, keep in mind that most windows have an air register or baseboard heater below them. (This one did not.) To ensure that the window seat does not block the flow of heat into the the 1 last update 2020/06/04 room, you must extend the ductwork under the seat and mount the register in the front of the toekick base. For a hot-water heating system, have a heating contractor install a flat toekick radiator with electric blower under the window seat.Tip: When deciding where to install a window seat, keep in mind that most windows have an air register or baseboard heater below them. (This one did not.) To ensure that the window seat does not block the flow of heat into the room, you must extend the ductwork under the seat and mount the register in the front of the toekick base. For a hot-water heating system, have a heating contractor install a flat toekick radiator with electric blower under the window seat.

Step 2

Begin the Assembly

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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Begin the assembly by setting the two over-the-refrigerator cabinets onto the toekick. Center the two units under the window, then clamp them together with their face frames perfectly flush.

The cabinets used here feature solid-maple raised-panel doors, concealed hinges, and a honey-tone Spice Maple finish. The total cost of all the cabinets and prefinished molding was around $1,700. If that''{"":""}''{"":19493988,"":""}''{"":""}''{"":19493998,"":""}''{"":""}''{"":19494055,"":""}''{"":""}''{"":19494069,"":""}''{"":""}''{"":19494080,"":""}''{"":""}''{"":19494090,"":""}''s important to use matching prefinished moldings and accessories, which are sold by the cabinet manufacturer. Start by concealing the joints between the three cabinets on each end with prefinished plywood skins. Cut the skins to length, then attach them with contact cement.

Step 9

Install Waist-Band and Baseboard Molding

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Next, nail the waist-band molding along the joint between the end cabinets and the intermediate cabinets. This narrow piece of trim covers the large gap created by the 2x2 blocks. Install baseboard molding around the bottom of the cabinets to hide the rough toekick. If the molding is too tall, rip it down to the proper width on a table saw.

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Install Finishing Crown

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Nail 1½-inch crown molding along the tops of the cabinets. If small spaces remain above the molding, fill them with caulk. Finally, replace the cabinet doors, install the adjustable bookshelves and set the upholstered cushion onto the window seat cabinets.

Finally, need an upholstered, foam-rubber seat cushion. This expense will vary depending on the size of the cushion, the fabric you select, and the quality of the foam.

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