One of the things in the long list my daughter wanted to have in her new room design was a window seat or window bench.
It isn't a big room, but with two windows, it was something I really wanted to incorporate.
After getting rid of the pink on the walls, the curtains, valances, and the window sills,
these next illustrations will show you how the bench was created.
The windows are not centered on that wall.
The dresser had to stay.
Pieces of 1x2 were attached to the wall, as shown, to help support the bench top.
5 Vertical supports were then screwed to the floor.
The vertical supports are pieces of 3/4" plywood, surrounded by mitered pieces of 1x2. Leaving open spaces where the 1x2 boards on the wall and the baseboard can run freely.
Once ready they were screwed to the floor on both sides as shown.
The bench top had to follow the contour of the wall. Both of my bench tops had a protruding entrance that works as a window sill. I also had to cut an opening on each top, because there were electrical outlets that I didn't want to relocate.
Two extra pieces of plywood were attached underneath the top board to give it extra strength, and decorative moulding pieces finished the front edge.
Once everything was sanded, caulked, and painted this is how it looks. The openings for the electrical outlets worked out really nicely. She sits there to listen to her music without worrying about running out of battery or cables on the front.
The dresser was updated with the same paint color as the benches, and new hardware.
The benches are not attached to the dresser. If I want the dresser out, it goes out!
New cushions, curtains, pillows,
and the customized wicker baskets make this, her favorite spot in her room.
She got rid of the pink room, but she will never be ready to depart from her favorite doll, even though she doesn't play with it anymore, Samantha Parkington, the doll, will always be by her side!
For you to check how the wooden cornice was made, click HERE.
For the bedroom full reveal, click HERE.
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