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DIY Shelf Over Window Seat

by - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

With the new baby, not much renovating has been going on around Rambling Renovators. And the projects we do get to are taking soooo much longer to finish. I'm sure you parents out there can relate! So I'm really happy reveal something we managed to complete - the shelf in Chloe's room.

When I designed the whole built-in wardrobe / window seat area, I knew I wanted a shelf above the window. You can always use more storage in a kid's room and plus we didn't have anywhere to put the toys and books that Chloe would accumulate. HandyMan started by cutting a piece of plywood to fit the length of the window. By resting and screwing it into the top of the window frame, we'd have enough support along the length of the shelf for the baskets. The shelf was made 13" deep, deep enough for the baskets but not so deep that it would create a dark hole above the window and block off some of the sunlight. The variety in depth against the adjoining wardrobes also created a much more interesting design.


HandyMan added a 3" strip of plywood across the front to mimic the shaker details in the window seat. A small one inch strip was added underneath the left and right ends of the shelf to provide additional support. We found a nice chrome curtain rod at West Elm and mounted that directly to the face of the window frame. The curtains our seamstress made looked great hanging off the shiny rings. Now its the perfect inviting space. I can picture Chloe sitting there when she's older, reading her favourite book.

One little faux pas though... the curtains were made before we knew where the curtain rod would be hung and our measurements were wrong. Not a big deal, we'll just have to get them shortened. Just one more thing to add to the project list!

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17 comments

  1. The window after the shelves on top look amazing. If I may make a suggestion: place a lighter, white curtain that only partially shields the room from light. It would transform your room.

    Nicolette
    http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com/

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  2. I am a little jealous of your baby because this room is so gorgeous. That little nook is so dreamy. I do hope she gets some good use out of it when she's a little older and start reading :)

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  3. I love Chloe's room! I always wanted a window seat when I was younger.....so dreamy!

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  4. I love Chloe's room. I'm thinking of redoing OUR room, using her room as inspiration.

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  5. What a lucky little girl to have such a magical room to grow in .

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  6. I like how the too-long curtains look tucked in behind the pillows on the bench.

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  7. This whole wall looks so pretty, I love what you did!
    I bet if you replaced the clip-rings with hooks, or even clipped the curtains from the back (instead of the top), you could raise them up enough and not have to get them shortened.

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  8. I have three sons and really the only to get decent storage is too build it yourself. I think its both pretty and functional - thats great home improvement!

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  9. Anonymous1:04 PM

    Such a pretty and functional idea. Those bins are too cute too.

    jbhat

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  10. That looks absolutely fantastic! Such a great area with lots of cute and functional storage. Chloe's a lucky little girl!

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  11. Wow, that is one amazing built in! Completely gorge.

    With the bolster pillows there, those curtains are fine as they are.

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  12. Wow, that window seat and those shelvers are amazing. I thought it was a picture from a magazine, so beautiful.

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  13. I love window seats and your attention to detail and the shelving just put it over the top! I would have never noticed the curtain length lol.

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  14. jessie - great idea! I would hate to lose the rings though, they're so shiny and pretty.

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  15. Hi, found you from another blog. Love the window! We're not far from you, were in Halton.

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  16. Wanderluster- don't lose the pretty, shiny rings! either just replace the clip part with hooks (keeping the actual ring part), or keep the clip, and clip the curtain from the back, maybe a 1/2 inch from the top.

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