Freestanding Alcove Seating Help

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Old 07-13-12, 09:15 AM
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Freestanding Alcove Seating Help

Hi Everyone, I'm very new to the forums and custom furniture building so please forgive me if I ask any basic questions.

I have experience building from plans but not modifying a plan to make it larger or smaller. In particular, I attempting to create a seating area/book nook for my daughter based on the one in this link. However, the space I will be using is an alcove and I would prefer to create a freestanding seating area that can be moved and does not require hammering into the walls. I was thinking that I could possibly modify this bench to fit the 56"W x 27"D alcove but I want to make sure I'm going to have proper support.

I have Google Sketchup installed and I would appreciate any advice on how I can make this bench and have it support an adults weight and the antics of a rambunctious 2 year old.

Thank You in advance!
 
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Old 07-13-12, 09:25 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

Are you planning to paint the bench? If so, I would consider replacing the 1x12" with plywood. I would think the current design would hold up with one more support added in the middle to allow for the increased width of the bench (so three instead of two).
 
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Old 07-13-12, 11:02 AM
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Yes, I'm going to paint it white like the one in the picture. Thank You for the info!
 
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Old 07-14-12, 05:50 AM
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If a bookcase is not absolutely necessary, but internal storage is, then you may can build something like this. I built this for a client as part of a bookshelf/entertainment center. The back and sides are breadboarded with cedar lining. It can sit independently without the shelving unit above it.

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