How to Conceal Exposed Pipes with a Window Seat
Window seats are not only functional built-in features in a home, but they also give you the ability to conceal parts of a room that are unattractive or that have mechanical components, such as pipes. Window seats do very well as an element of a bay window or stretching from one wall to another. Here are some things that you should do to conceal exposed pipes by building a window seat.
Step 1 – Template Your Window Seat Space
First, measure your space. Fully plan out and create a template, either on a small piece of paper or on a full size piece of cardboard. Take the following measurements: The intended height of your window seat, the length and the width.
Step 2 – Purchase the Materials
At your local home improvement store, purchase your materials. Some home improvement stores will pre-cut your wood for you if you have the dimensions you need. This will save you time, mess at home. If you are comfortable cutting your own wood, you can take it home and create the pieces for your window seat. Purchase all the smaller materials such as wood glue, staples and a staple gun, paint and a paint brush at the home improvement store
Step 3 – Prep Your Space
Wash the floor or vacuum the floor thoroughly before you begin to assemble your window seat
Step 4 – Assemble the Window Seat
Assemble your window seat. Nail the sides of the window seat to the top of the window seat. Add the hinges (optional) to the back of the seat. This will give you access to your pipes at any time. This also gives you additional storage. You can either glue the bottom of the window seat to the floor you affix it with nails and screws.
Step 5 – Paint Your Window Seat
Paint the window seat to match your walls or add a contrasting color. Allow the paint to dry at least 24 hours.
Step 6 – Create Your Window Seat Cushion
Make your window seat cushion with a piece of fabric wrapped around the foam block. Attach the material on the foam piece of material with staples and a staple gun. Attach the window seat cushion to the top of the plywood with both a glue trim and nails or screws.
Step 7 – Make Pillows
Make accent pillows for your window seat. Go to a fabric store and buy preformed pillow fabrics. This will save you time in creating and forming the pillow shape from raw cotton. Make anywhere from eight to ten pillows to fill the space between the window seat and your windows. This adds style and an element of design for your window seat space.