need help with fake window seat plans

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Old 01-30-01, 08:11 AM
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we just bought a 5 year old house that, for some bizarre reason, has no windows on one entire side of the house. i'm planning on creating "fake windows" by lining one entire wall of my dining room with mirrors in the same dimensions as the windows on the opposing wall to reflect light, and will be building window frames to complete the look. my finishing touch will be a 12 foot window seat to go under my new windows, but i've been unable to find any plans to follow at all. I'd like to be able to use the base as storage with lift up lids, but can't find anything that will help me at this point. any ideas?? thanks for any input.
 
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Old 02-04-01, 11:23 AM
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A 'window' seat such as you describe has a lot in common (as far as construction methods and size are concerned)with a child's toy box. Check for plans on this line. I'm certain you can find something you can adapt.

BTW - great idea for lightening the room and making it visually bigger!!
 
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Old 02-15-01, 02:53 PM
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Bob Villa added false windows to a basement finishing job one time.

They had framed out the basement walls and installed a regular double hung window in the framing. Behind the window he installed a picture of an outdoor scene. Above the window he installed a flourescent bulb. He installed sheer curtains over the window. When the bulb was on, it added to the impression that the sun was shinning through the window.

Check with your local lighting center and try to find true color light bulbs. They make a flourscent that gives off the same color as sunlight. Some people in northern climes that have short winter daylight periods spend an hour a day in front of these bulbs to combat depression caused by lack of sunshine and the vitamins it generates in our bodies.

A window seat is nothing more than a box with a hinged lid. I would not make the lid any wider than about 36" per segment. Otherwise it will be to heavy to control. Also means you have to move more cushions out of the way to open. Make sure you get a lid opener that is self locking in the open position to reduce the occurence of smashed fingers. Don't put locks on the lids so kids don't accidently get locked in.
 
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Old 02-15-01, 04:08 PM
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Resqman:

Good points, all!!

Thanks for the contribution!!

 
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Old 02-16-01, 12:54 AM
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fake window seats

thanks, i already have the mirrors mounted and the window frames built. it has done a spectactular job of giving the room a much brighter, airy look. we live at the beach so we have some nice views on the existing windows, so I really didn't have a need to create a false view, just needed more light and a less townhouse feel to the house.

i'm still looking for plans for a fake window seating arrangement though, if anyone has some, I'd appreciate your sharing.
 
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Old 03-14-01, 04:52 PM
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Lightbulb fake window seat

Try going to the following link:
http://dsc.discovery.com/dscdaytime/...nch/bench.html

It's a great site. I don't know if you've heard of Christopher Lowell, but he has his own decorating "DIY" show twice a day on the Discovery channel. He's covered a couple of different kinds of benches and window seats that you can do yourself, but this is the only one that I've seen on his website. He also has an archival page:
http://dsc.discovery.com/dscdaytime/...s/archive.html

Good luck, and I hope it turns out for you!
 
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Old 02-09-05, 11:02 PM
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Good luck trying to find Plans for a window seat.....

I just completed doing a window seat myself..... I tryied and tried to find plans online and I just couldnt find any and I also went nuts trying to find images of window seats online as-well.......

And being that I have never Built one before it was a pretty good challange for me..
it took me 2 1/2 days to complete here are a few pictures that i told up to final stage.


good luck

rough frame http://img67.exs.cx/img67/8219/p10100495ga.jpg

http://img67.exs.cx/img67/5264/p10100570hx.jpg
http://img67.exs.cx/img67/4938/captu...16000006tk.jpg
inside:

http://img67.exs.cx/img67/6903/captu...16000025lm.jpg

Completed with custom tailored cushins

http://img67.exs.cx/img67/9934/1338554522030alb2xm.jpg

I just thought I share with you an option that you can do as well

I used MDF plywood for the construction
 
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Old 02-10-05, 02:21 PM
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Piano Hinges! Ugh! I hate those things!

You can also use euro hinges. i.e. Blum, etc. for the lids. By using euro hinges, you can adjust the lids up and down, right and left and in and out.

To make cabinets with storage, you'll need to have intermediate skills of woodworking/cabinetmaking. The key to box making is to ensure it's square when you attach the back/bottom. If the cabinet isn't square, it will throw off your lids too and make you start to pull your hair out from frustration. There are simplier ways to make a window seat than what the last member has done. "Looks great though"

You could make them using a circular saw, but a table saw would be a better choice. You can always frame out the boxes with 2/4's and then apply panels to the face. The inside wouldn't be pretty, but it's a cheaper way of making the same thing.
 
 

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