How To Build A Bay Window Seat: Tips for Homeowners

Have you always wanted a window seat in your home, but sadly, the setup didn’t come with the house when you purchased it? Window seats are the perfect spot to cozy up with a good book or just sit with a cup of tea and gaze at the stars. Also, window seats can be designed with storage space for blankets, pillows, and other items. Do you know how to build a bay window seat or do you need some advice from the experts?

Window seats can give any room in your home a cozy and quaint vibe. You just need the right view and a few materials. You can also have a bay window installed as part of your Oakville windows

If you want to tackle this project independently, simply use this handy guide on installing a bay window. You can turn your bedroom, study, or living room into a cozy nook that your entire household will enjoy!

How To Build A Bay Window Seat: DIY Guide

Step 1: Once you have chosen the perfect location for your window seat, measure the area allotted to the closest ½ inch. 

Step 2: Buy 2 fifteen-inch floating cabinets in your choice of wood. These will act as the base of the unit. You can use an over-the-counter cabinet, open face bookshelf, or another vertical cabinet. You can add additional units if you wish to add more storage space.

Step 3: From around the window, remove the baseboards carefully using a crowbar or trim puller. Take care not to damage the drywall, or you will have to make additional repairs.

Step 4: In the shape of a rectangle, fit either 2 by 6 or 2 by 4 boards around the window in a frame, according to the design you have chosen for your bay window seat.

Step 5: To ensure the frame is tightly secured, fasten the toe kick to the joints at the point at which the boards connect using 2 three-inch wooden screws.

 Step 6: On the corner of each frame, a screw should be driven into the wall stud and the floor. This will make sure the toe kick is anchored in place. This should be done using either a powder-actuated nailer or plastic screws.

Step 7: Next, place the cabinets inside the toe kick next to one another. If your initial measurements were on the money, they should fit perfectly. 

Step 8: Use a level to check the orientation after ensuring the cabinets are centered properly and flush to the wall and with each other. 

Step 9: Use additional boards and wooden spacers to fill gaps between the cabinet and toe kick.

Step 10: Next, attach the cabinets for the unit using two 2 ½ inch drywall screws. Insert the first screw through the edge of the face frame of the top unit into the second unit. Sinking the screws in alternating directions will secure the connection site, so it is sturdy. Before drilling, place clamps on the frames to ensure the cabinets remain flush. 

Step 11:  Finally, affix the cabinets or any side shelves. 

Step 12: (Optional)

  • Use 2 ½ inch drywall screws to fasten additional floating cabinets if needed for more storage. 
  • Paint the base of the window seat to match the room’s decor.
  • Add skins to the joints
  • Decorate your window seat with blankets, pillows, and cushions to give it a homey vibe. 

If you need further advice on installing a bay window seat, consult the TH Windows and Doors Oakville expert team. We can also offer you the best rate on your home’s quality, energy-efficient windows and doors. Call us today to set up a time for a free quote and in-home consultation.