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Desperately want a kitchen window seat
February 2, 2013 in Design Dilemma
My fiance and I are moving into our first house in just under two weeks. I have seen pictures of window seats with cabinets on the sides and I LOVE THEM. Our dining room has beautiful recessed windows that will be perfect for it, however, there's a hitch. Just in front of the window is a vent that pulls the air from the house into it, so it can't be covered, at least not completely (see picture below). Does anyone have any pictures or recommendations for how I can achieve the window seat of my dreams (also pictured)?
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Give the bench legs,
February 2, 2013 at 7:13PM     
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Ironwood Builders
An idea? Use a custom grill on a couple of false drawer fronts, painted to match the cabinets. Google cold air return and you can get sizes and different patterns. I especially like the Cobblestone for a traditional home. This would be a custom unit, no doubt, but if the two center drawers (the false ones) in your idea were dedicated to the cold air return,it would work just fine.
February 2, 2013 at 7:54PM     
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EB Interiors
ironwood builders is right on. i have seen this done and it is functional and beautiful at the same time.
February 2, 2013 at 8:10PM   
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Maison Nomad Interiors
What about commissioning an upholstered bench in the appropriate size? Leave the underside open to allow for enough ventilation. Put a couple of etageres on either side of the window to achieve a similar look.
February 2, 2013 at 8:12PM   
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February 2, 2013 at 9:58PM   
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Have a look at "Centsational Girl"'s blog under "we have a window seat". Or another option, see photo.
Good luck!
February 2, 2013 at 11:43PM   
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Everyone, thank you so much for your suggestions! I love all of them! I knew I could just put legs on the seat part, but I really like that built in look that the benches give.
February 3, 2013 at 4:44AM   
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Parallel thread here: http://www.houzz.com/discussions/332617/Can-I-use-wall-cabinets-to-make-my-island- Yesterday posted photos of my window seat project using wall cabinets.
February 3, 2013 at 4:54AM   
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And legs to your window seat so heat can come out,
February 3, 2013 at 3:23PM   
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Nancy Henderson
I think this one was mentioned before but if not http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2012/06/we-have-a-window-seat/. She had the same issue as you do.
February 3, 2013 at 3:29PM     
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if you can't get the look that you want, how about moving the vent?
February 3, 2013 at 3:36PM   
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Yarbro Home Improvement LLC
Floating element. Hover the entire unit just above the baseboard. Leave the baseboard undisturbed
February 3, 2013 at 4:27PM   
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