Build: dormer window seats
To finish off the playroom built ins from last week we added two dormer window seats.
We debated back and forth about adding a center divider, mainly for looks, but in the end decided an open base would more easily accommodate different bins and baskets.
These dormers are really deep therefore we made the window seats 24″ deep because 1) we had the space and 2) to match the depth of the playroom built ins bench:
Below you can see the 24″ deep bench on the playroom built ins:
When building your window seats you need to take into consideration the existing trim (which is new and therefore we weren’t about to remove it):
Also these window seats are completely free standing, they are meant to be moved for cleaning and finding lost toys.
I added felt to the bottom surfaces which makes the window seat glide across the wood floor with no scratches:
Here’s how to build the dormer window seats:
1. Start with a 2×4 base support wrapped in 1×4 pine boards on the front and sides:
2. Build the window seat box: base with two sides then top bench piece.
Add a 1×2 horizontal trim piece in front and 1×3 vertical support flush at center back.
Then attach the base support to the box:
3. Prime and paint two coats Benjamim Moore simply white:
4. Add white felt to bottom surfaces with spray adhesive:
5. Finally attach 1/4″ ply back to finish: