Window seats can add a great deal of charm to a room, creating a focal point while providing extra seating with a view. Choose Windows → Outliner to open the Outliner window ( Figure 1-32 ). Just like the outline you write for a thesis, the Outliner shows which parts and components belong to larger components. All of the Bench Leg components are identical, and in SketchUp-speak, they’re considered instances of the Bench Leg component. This little makeshift window seat was made with a bit of innovation and a lot of ease.
That means you can select the individual parts inside the component—in this case the bench legs and support. While I prefer an eggshell finish on the walls in my home, I wish I had used a satin or semigloss for the bench. But basically I just bought a pillow form at the craft store and followed instructions similar to these Except instead of using a sewing machine, I used glue. Using a waterproof cushion will save it from being damaged during rough weather. First step: Determine if the window area that exists is sufficient for the size of the window and seating area you want.
A simple four-foot wide custom bench (without doors or drawers for storage) will cost approximately $300. And mine is permanent- I didn’t think ahead about making a nice flap so I can remove it and wash it. But since this particular pillow is just for show in the office, it’ll work. When you type 72, the Measurements toolbar knows you’re saying you want the rectangle you just drew to be 72 inches long—the width of your bench. Clamp the parts together with the top edges flush, drill countersunk pilot holes, and fasten the rails to the dividers with 2-inch drywall screws (Project Diagram, Drawing 1) to make the two base frames.
To finish, also use the Outliner to apply a material to the Bench Seat component. He also reinforced the top of the box so that it would be strong enough to seat several adults without sagging. If you’ve followed the steps up to this point, you have one snazzy-looking bench in your SketchUp world, but things around it look a little dull. Make sure to also add your pocket holes to the ends of the trim before attaching them. The trim on the edge of the existing seat and the wooden corner molding come off next.
My Mom also made me a back cushion in the matching fabric by taking 6 standard pillows that we’re on sale for 50% off, and using the filler to create one long pillow. Slip it into position and nail it. Well we finished building our window seat, now it’s time to give it a coat of paint. Above the seat we’re attaching a piece of beadboard paneling to the wall with construction adhesive and nails. Cost: Simpler and smaller window units can cost between $750 and $1,500 plus installation labor. Choosing the window is important because the seat is the focal point of the space.
And even if we never used it as banquette seating, I’d always wanted to own a home with a window seat. Then I flipped it over so I could make sure it would all wrap around okay when I did the next edge. The trick is to sew as close to the piping as possible without sewing on it. Leave the back side open, this is how you will get the cover on the cushion and where you will sew the velcro. If you imagine the opening in this wall without the bay window, you can see that it is the size of a large ordinary window; that window was just replaced by the bay. At first, every time you start the program, SketchUp greets you with a welcome” window.
Once you’ve made a component, you can create multiple instances of that component by dragging copies from the Components window. Attach cleats for the bench top to the studs in the back and side walls using screws (we used 2x4s for the side wall cleats and a 1×2 for the back wall cleat). The Windows version of SketchUp stashes Preferences in an unusual spot under the Window menu. So here you are with a whole set of creative storage bench designs, which will help you in beautifying the décor of your house.
You see a 3-D view of the drawing area, which makes it easier to turn your rectangle into a board in the next few steps ( Figure 1-19 ). If necessary, use the Zoom (Z) and Pan (H) tools to get a good view of your bench leg. I decided to upholster the bench instead of sewing a cover for the cushion for two reasons. To clip the strip at the corner, make a small snip – in the seam allowance only – from the edge of the strip almost to the seamline, being careful not to cut into the stitching. A few tweaks to stock cabinets result in a window seat that looks custom but costs much less.
Spray adhesive is the standard glue for this job, but I just dribbled a few lines of wood glue onto the seat—that saved me $5—and then set the seat onto the foam. Then upholstered like you would a chair seat Upholstering pieces like this is super easy. If you edit the component—add color to it, make the leg longer, and so on—the changes take place in both bench legs in your document.
You can see the TV screen just fine from the window seat, so it’s great additional (and comfortable) seating when the kids have friends over to watch movies. Build a window seat with storage – instructables, Intro: build a window seat with storage. Double-clicking a component is the same as choosing the Edit Component command above; it opens the Bench Leg component, so you can edit the individual edges and faces. The Zoom Extents button zooms the drawing window so every object in your drawing is in the view. It’s not a high-traffic room and nobody really sits on that cushion much anyway.