Window Seat - Minimum Height?

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Forum topic by kocgolf posted 09-05-2016 06:38 PM 580 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2016 06:38 PM

We have always dreamed of a window seat, and our new house has a perfect window, already framed by bookcases. It would be a quick, simple project, but I have issues with the height. The window is so big that it comes to low. It is 13.5 inches to the sill itself. I am thinking of making a test “box” just to sit there and see how it feels with a 2-3 inch cushion on it. How low dare I go for a seat? Is it uncommon to have a cushion that sits above the sill height and in front of a couple inches of glass?

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#1 posted 09-05-2016 09:52 PM

My concern would be if I had children, the safety aspect. Other than that its your house, I have seen similar set ups but no children around.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 11:40 PM

Well, seat height is normally 18 inches. But that’s a chair. If you are making a seat where someone can recline with their feet up and there are lots of pillows the height won’t matter quite as much. Make it whatever height you want – I’d probably do the sill is cushion height and subtract from there.

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#3 posted 09-06-2016 12:01 AM

Turn a 5 gallon bucket upside down and sit on it. Too low, add a board or two. Too high, subtract an inch.

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#4 posted 09-06-2016 12:12 AM

I actually went ahead and built a scrap bench about 3 feet long and window height. Threw patio cushions on it. I think it works. You see the cushions outside obviously, but if they are tan it’s not real noticeable. As for sitting, I think it would be a reclining seat with your back on the side wall as it’s a very wide area. I do have kids and might hold off a year or two, but I’m excited to try it. Thanks for the input guys!

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