Sunday, March 1, 2009

DIY: Window Seat With Hidden Storage...


When we moved down to Arizona in June of 2004 we bought a brand-spanking-new house! I loved this house! It was perfect for our family! I was so sad to have to leave it in November of 2006. But more about that in future posts.
The most exciting part about this house was that it was a blank slate! We had so much fun transforming it to work better and smarter for us!

One of our many projects was to add a window seat in the bay window of our kitchen. (You can see it on the left side of the photo - painted white with the blue pillows sitting on it) We not only wanted it to look great, but to feel like it had always been there and to store and hide all of our kitchen appliances that we didn't use on a daily basis.

Here was our process:

This was the floor to ceiling bay window in our kitchen's eating area...


Our little artist adding his signature before it all got covered up with MDF...


We bolted 2x4's to the walls to be the support system for the seat and created a sturdy front for the facade.

Then we covered the front with MDF. The two corners on top got covered as well. The opening you see is where the lid will sit.
The boys thought it was funny to sit in it with dad...


This is where we had to finish for the night.
He just couldn't wait to sit on the new bench!

We added decorative panels to the front to make it look more polished and pretty, the front span at the floor line got a piece of decorative trim to finish it off and to tie in with our existing floor trim and the whole seat on the front edge also got a decorative routered edge.


It was about 7 feet long so it held A LOT of stuff that we were able to take out of our kitchen cabinets and pantry...

And here is the finished product...


It was a relatively easy project and completely worth every bit of time and money that it took to make it happen! In fact, we loved it so much that we put one in our Master Bedroom where we had a matching floor-to-ceiling bay window! Perfect for storing extra blankets, quilts, pillows, etc.

I highly recommend doing this project if you have the space, like a bay window or nook, that could be used more efficiently. Not only did it give us extra space in our kitchen cabinets for items that we used everyday, but it added a ton of seating to our kitchen...and we all know, when you have a gathering, everyone flocks to the kitchen to socialize!

Has anyone figured out exactly why that is?

12 comments:

susan said...

I love it when function and beauty come together!! I would love this for the gadgets my husband loves so much. I think the kitchen is the heart of the home so we'll always gather there no matter howmuch room we have.--Susan

marty39 said...

What a great addition and it looks just gorgeous. Storage is always wonderful and the extra seating is great also. Hugs, Marty

santamaker said...

Just something so cozy and fun about a window seat and the bonus storage! Great photos of the process , you sure made it look easy and how adorable is your little family inside of it!

Mom in High Heels said...

I love it! I love window seats. Great job.

kelly said...

Great job! It does look like it was always there. I wish I had storage like that!

Shelia said...

Hi Karla! Oh, this is just marvelous! I love the added seating and the storage! Can never have enough storage!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Linda said...

I love window seats! Great job, always nice to have more storage too.
Linda Q

DomesticDivasFancy said...

I love it. That is a great idea. Isnt it just great that your house was such a clean slate to do what you want to it.

Chandy said...

Lovely choice for today's Met Monday! Sorry for the late visit; too many errands...

Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

Chloe's Couture said...

Great job on the window seat!!! I like that you added the decorative panels on the front. What a great place to store things and free up other areas now!

SILVIA said...

omg this is so awesome!!!i alwasys wanted a bench like that,it looks amazing what a great job...
silvia..
ps love your blog...

Wendy C said...

I've been searching for info on dining room window seats, as I'm considering putting one in. Now that you've lived with it for a while, please tell me: is it comfortable to sit there for dinner? I'm wondering about that, as it won't have a back like a regular chair. Thanks for your post--you did a great job!