DIY Your own window seat (Tutorial)

I live in a small apartment with a sloping roof. This means that almost all walls are slanted at the top.
Unfortunately, this also means that you can hardly buy any finished furniture. That’s why I taught myself to build my furniture to match my apartment.
Today I describe how I built myself a bench under the window…

First you have to measure the place very accurately. And I mean VERY EXACTLY!!!
I used a laser measuring tool for this.

For the height, I calculated about 15 – 16 inch including the seat cushion.

Then you buy the wood panels you need. For the sides, the back and the bottom I used laminated panels. For the top and the front I used spruce or fir. I don’t remember because I made the window seat months ago and I’m just posting now. I bought the wood panels in a shop that had sawn the wooden panels according to my wishes.

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I started with the wooden front.

I wanted the front to look like it was made of three pieces. That’s why I sawed 2 lines into each front piece with my saw.

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I wanted the window seat to turn white, but no bright white. And I wanted to use chalk paint because it looks so matt. On the Internet I found a retailer in the Netherlands who had sold chalk paint white as “historical white”.
I had a little sample sent to see if I liked the color. The color was perfect for me.

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Sand between each coat after the paint has dried.

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Also paint the lid with the chalk paint. I painted the front and lid 3 times so that the white completely covers the wood colour.

Finally, you have to seal the paint.

The next step is to dowel the sides and the bottom together. I started with the front, then the two sides and finally the back part.

Here you can see what mistake I made in the first part: First I doweled the front part, removed the dowels and then painted the front. What do you want me to say? After drying the paint the dowels didn’t fit anymore and I had to make a new front part.
So first paint the wood and then dowel it!!!!

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When the glue dried, I strengthened the inside of the seat with metal angles.

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I have glued the edges of the laminated wooden boards with edgings.

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In the hardware store I found protection for the wooden floor that I glued under the seat. I can’t remember what it’s called.

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I attached the lid with piano hinge.

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I found the seat and back cushions at Ikea 2 years ago. They are designed for outdoors but they fit perfectly and are very comfortable. Under the pillow I put this one on the wood to prevent the pillows from slipping. It’s for carpets, but who cares

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Here the first window seat. I needed a total of three of them.ย  I also use them as storage for my tools and handicrafts.

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My window seat for Christmas. In the next post I will write a tutorial how I sewed these pillows ๐Ÿ™‚

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Spring and Easter. Yes I know. Too many pillows. Next year I won’t use all of them

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and today ๐Ÿ™‚ I love these pillows. I didn’t make the design, but I liked it so much that I copied it.

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DIY Ikea Pax as cabinet with 2 extra doors (roof sloping)

I have way to much sewing stuff besides fabrics ๐Ÿ˜€

Ribbons, zippers, yarn, buttons and so on

For all this stuff I wanted to make a sewing cabinet

My apartment is under the roof. Penthouse! Hihi

I love it very much but buying furniture is nearly impossibleย  because most of myย  walls have roof slopes.

I started to learn to make my own furniture ๐Ÿ™‚

I bought an Ikea Pax. Its cheap and I love the interior organizers that comes with Pax.

First I measured the exact angle of my roof sloping wall and heights. The width I got from my Pax.

I dont describe how to build this cabinet. Internet is very helpful when it comes to saw angles and put all pieces together with dowels ๐Ÿ˜€

When the frame has been done I startet with the doors. Both doors are sawed at the same angle as the frame.

The right door has been done after I ironed edge bandings on the cut edge.

The left door I wanted as three-piece!

It isnt the first time I pimped a Pax. I knew I had problems withย  doing cup holesย  before ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The last time I had to buy a door again because the drill cup holes I made didnt worked and I made mistakes.

The 90 1/8 door comes with 4 hinges. The 2 hinges in the middle are very close together.

This gave me an idea to make an acrylic template

Ikea Pax hinges

I ordered with Ebay acrylic in the same width as the door and the height I needed.

I used the door as pattern!

I clamped the acrylic on the door and started with the cup hole and the two drill holes on the bottom. When it was done I marked it as bottom on the acrylic. Then I made the next 2 cup holes.

As next I moved the acrylic upwards. I had to make sure the drill cup hole 2 I made before on the acrylic is exactly on the drill cup hole 3 from the door. This way I made 6 or 7 drill cup holes plus the 2 drill holes.

See pic below

Acrylic template

Then I marked on my door the sizes I wanted for the new doors. Remember? I wanted 3 doors on the left side.

I clamped the acrylic on my door again. Do not remove the clamps till you made all cup holes!!!!

Make sure the bottom hole from the acrylic is exactly on the bottom hole from the door !!!!!

This way your doors will always fit perfect.

On my photos you can see the mark I made for the door size.

With the template you dont have to calculate where to drill your holes. Just move the door with the acrylic to your drill stand and start to drill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Acrylic glass template for Ikea Pax doors

When you are done with drilling remove the acrylic and saw at the markings you made before.

You have now 3 doors. Iron on every cut edge banding, screw your hinges in the door and the cabinet and the doors are done ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m damn proud of my work ๐Ÿ˜€

Do you see this adorable knobs?

Here a closer look even if my cabinet only got blue knobs. The red ones are for another idea I have.

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The knobs are hand painted and I found them here: Sweet petites boutique

Because of the SIX !!! hinges I used for the doors I had had a huge problem with putting in 2 drawers ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

There has been not enough space for them close together. The first thought I had I cant write in here hihi

Second thought: I dont need over 6″ in height for my sewing stuff.

ย I put both drawers apart and shorten all sides down to 4″

The front of the drawer will be put together with 2 screws and one wood dowel. Here a pic how I shorten the sides:

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At the end I ironed bandings on the edges. To stabilize my drawer I screwed metal brackets on both back sides.

This way both shorten drawers fitted perfectly in my cabinet

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As soon as I has been done with the cabinet I started to put my ribbons in the drawers. I’m not done yet I have a few more

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See this wonderful boxes where I put my ribbons? I found this tip on the internet and I liked it very much โค

If you are looking for something like this just google for –wedding gift box– and you will find it ๐Ÿ™‚

I just cut a slot in the gift box to make it easier to pull the ribbon out

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I hope you like my tutorial. Maybe you can use one of my tips ๐Ÿ™‚

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