Jan 18, 2009

Window Seat Using Stock Kitchen Cabinets

The pros aren't the only ones who can craft a handsome built-in. You can, too.
This window seat, for example, was made from four prefinished, white American Woodmark cabinets and their coordinating trim boards, all sold at Home Depot. The 18-inch-deep-by-24-inch-high cabinets are typically used above refrigerators. Here are the steps to follow to re-create this seat at your house.
1. Use 2x lumber cut to size to construct a 4-inch-tall, U-shaped platform on which the two-door center cabinets and single-door end cabinets will sit. Secure the platform to the floor by driving screws at an angle through its outer framing.
2. Arrange the center cabinets side by side on the platform and drive 2-inch wood screws through their adjoining side panels. Then align the end cabinets corner to corner with the center ones. Make room for the doors to open where the cabinets intersect by screwing 3-inch filler strips to the center cabinets' face frames. Then secure the end cabinets directly to the filler strips, using 2½-inch wood screws.
3. Anchor the entire unit to the back wall by driving 2-inch deck screws through the cabinets' rear panels, making sure to sink the screws in studs.
4. Hide the platform with toekick molding secured with 1-inch finish nails.
5. Fasten wood cleats to the wall in the open corners to support the ¾-inch-thick-by-19-inch-deep end panels used to create a sturdy top for the window seat. Secure the center panel to the cleats and the side panels to the end cabinets below using 1 ½-inch wood screws. Finish the top's outer edge with trim attached with finish nails. Add a custom cushion, and take a load off.

Here are some pics of cushions made from slipcovered twin mattresses!





This was done by taking the pull-out mechanics from an old couch and screwing it into the wall. A job for your carpender but genius!

6 comments:

Melissa said...

We are re-doing our playroom, and have a double window that this project would look GREAT in front of!!! Great ideas on here!!!! I may have to ask you a million questions by the time the project comes into fruition, but I love this!!!!!

Sage Mommy said...

Thanks Melissa! I am no carpendar but this project couldn't get anyeasier with store-bought cabinets. Let me know girl. We'll get you domestic if it kills me...lol

Anonymous said...

I love this idea and the cookbook sounds like something I want.

Anonymous said...

Hi-
What a great idea on the window seat. I saw some banquet seating similar to this in a catalogue called Ballard designs and they were really expensive. I would like to try this to create an informal dining area in a my kitchen.
Ivy

sage mommy said...

That sounds great.If you clickon the image it will print out large.These cabinets are available athomedepot for around 100 a piece. assembles.Can't get betterthen that! Thanks Ivy.

Anonymous said...

For the pull out twin bed with cabinets, can you please tell me where I can get the cabinets and what brand. Thanks!