Ahh I am in LOVE! I’m so glad we got this project done before the baby arrives, because I can definitely imagine that we’ll have many snuggle sessions on this new comfy window seat! And since my energy is dwindling these days, it was perfect that this project was really simple! It requires NO sewing or expensive equipment!
What you’ll need for this project:
- Fabric of choice (I used a canvas dropcloth)
- Staple gun (my favorite one – it’s also cheap!)
I got some plywood cut at the hardware store (ours happened to be 18 inches deep and 8 feet long).
I ordered some foam from JoAnn Fabrics online. Let me tell you – foam is *expensive*. I originally went into the store for some foam, but they were out of the thickness I wanted to use (which was 2 inches thick). It ended up being a good thing, because the next day I saw that they had a sale for 50% off of all of their foam online. I love a sale!
I also decided to skip on pricey fabric for the window seat, and I used a canvas drop cloth instead. I love how durable the fabric is, and the neutral color works perfectly in this space!
I laid the drop cloth on the floor, cut the foam to the size of the plywood, and laid both on top of the cloth (so you’ll have the “underside” facing up).
I had my husband help me with the next part – it just helps to have a second pair of hands. He pulled the fabric tight on the plywood, and I used a staple gun (this is the one I use and love – it’s super inexpensive!)
I stapled the fabric right to the back of the plywood. We did this with one layer, and then overlapped the other side of the fabric on top of that and stapled again.
Then comes the trickiest part – the corners. It’s really not hard, but it takes a few minutes to make sure you get the look you want. I folded the corners like I would on a present. I had my husband pull the ends tight once I folded them, and we stapled them again:
That’s it- we just flipped it up onto the window seat! I made some pillows for the space, and I love how it adds the perfect touch of color!
Thrifty tip- use fabric remnants that you love, and then use a neutral fabric on the back of the pillow. It cuts the cost in half!
Let me tell you – looking at these pictures makes me fall in LOVE with our wood molding all over again. SO glad we’re not painting it – the space just wouldn’t look the same without that dark wood!
Of course this gives Buckley the perfect look-out spot for the pesky rabbits in our yard! He was too scared of the slippery bare wood before, so he just LOVES “his” new perch!
Let’s just take a trip down memory lane and take a peek at what the window seat looked like a few months ago (complete with lovely wallpaper and wall to wall carpet):
I am officially in love with the transformation! And for less than $50, I think this is the perfect way to add some color and modernization into our old home. Slowly but surely we’re going to make it fit our style!
We’ve since moved, and I’m so thankful our “new” (fixer upper house) has a window seat too! See our fixer upper journey here!
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