Window Seat

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Project by Peter Alkema posted 01-13-2012 09:08 PM 7309 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The corridor in our home features a nook with a window which the previous owners had used as a computer study area. With 1 year old twins in the house we were keen to convert this into a kiddies corner. The first phase was to install a window seat featuring hinged panels that also offered extra storage space.

I originally saw the idea on the cover of the November 2003 issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine. The project was a custom made seat in a bay window, which resulted in the space being utilised as an area for reading and relaxation. When my wife saw the same article she suggested we do something similar for our corridor.

It seemed a logical starting point for creating the kiddies area we had in mind and so I went to work and finished the project in early 2010. Since then my wife expertly accessorized the window seat with cushions and I have made the bookshelves to go next to the window seat and complete the kiddie corner idea.

The project was also featured in the South African magazine Home Handyman ( You can read the full article here:

Window Seat Article

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#1 posted 01-13-2012 10:08 PM

Good Job peter ,a cool looking window seat.


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#2 posted 01-14-2012 03:04 AM

looks great

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 06:24 PM

An informative project for me, a beginner, in that all the steps are contained in half a dozen pics. Many thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 05-17-2014 10:06 PM

Greetings all, just thought I would update this posting as this project now also features in my book ‘Woodworking for Everyone’, see the 4 page spreads below:

For the ebook version there is also a 3D animation, see it here:

As above you will see I originally got the idea from a November 2003 issue of Fine Homebuilding and the project also featured in the South African Home Handyman magazine in November 2010.


  • Original design: Nov 2003
  • Project made: Jan 2010
  • Magazine article: Nov 2010
  • Published in a book: May 2014
  • Animated version featured in an ebook: May 2014

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