While I have been busy decorating for Christmas, Jason has been plugging away on Tucker’s Room. For those of you that are new to our blog, we have been turning our master closet into our youngest son Tucker’s bedroom. Below I am sharing how to build a window seat and built in bookcases for around his our son’s new window. If you want to follow along from the beginning about Tucker’s bedroom transformation from a closet (click here)
DIY – How to Build a Window Seat & Built in Bookcase
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Here’s what we did to create these built in shelves & window seat…
This is what it looked like when we started after we had put the window in.
1) Make a frame for the built in bench. Before you do decide how big you want the seat. We went with a 5 foot seat which allowed for 18 inch bookshelves on either side.
2) Find the studs in the wall and secure the back frame to the wall and to the floor. Install sides by screwing the to the back frame and floor. Install the front frame by screwing it to the side frames and floor.
3) Begin framing out the bookshelves. We chose to build the shelves a little off the floor to allow for baseboard to wrap around both.
4) Anytime you are building built in bookshelves it is a good idea to face the bookshelf frame and shelves with 1x2s. It gives the bookshelf a beefier and solid look.
5) Face the top of the seat and sides with plywood.
6) Jason ripped down some 1x2s and added some vertical molding to the front of the window seat to give it interest. Once you have it all framed give it a couple coats of paint.
7) Decorate and Add Pillows and window seat.
I made the window seat with some upholstery foam, wood, a staple gun and canvas from Fabric.com.
It was time to retire Tucker’s old pillows from his nursery and make him some new pillows to add to his window seat. I hand embroidered one of Tucker’s new pillows with his name to make it more personal:).
Tucker loves to sit here and play transformers, look at books and wait and watch for his big brothers and sister to get off of the bus. Can’t you just imagine a new puppy sitting at this window? 🙂
For the window… I found Tucker’s shade at the Restoration Hardware outlet for $18! It had a $189 price tag on it. Awesome!
Jason made extra window molding to trick the eye to think the window was taller than it was because we didn’t want the shade to cover any of the natural light coming in the window since it is the only window in the room.
Next up for Tucker’s room is hardwood floors!!! Jason is hoping to finish them in the next few weeks. We picked out some wide plank pine floors from lumber liquidators like the ones we put in the laundry room. I am back to decorating for Christmas and laundry… the story of my life :).
Here is our little man “reading” one of his many truck books:-)