I sketched out a rough plan before heading out to gather materials. I wound up at three different stores (and Amazon):
Hardware store (Home Depot/Lowes):
The base of the window seat is wood. After researching the various types of wood available at my local hardware store, I decided upon MDF board. It’s a bit sturdier than plywood or particle board because the board is created from wood fibers mixed with resin and glue, then compressed with crazy amounts of pressure. (There’s a great summary here if you’re interested.
) Most big box hardware stores will cut a sheet of wood at no cost, so I had them cut two 16x57 boards from the giant sheet of MDF board. You could also do this yourself with a table saw. While at the hardware store, I also picked up a heavy duty staple gun and staples. Light duty might work, but I wasn’t willing to take that risk.
Craft store (Hobby Lobby/JoAnns/Michaels):
Selecting the fabric was challenging and also so much fun. Our walls are tan, but the shelves are white with black boxes. We wound up toting around three bolts of fabric – one white, one black, and one tan – which we held up against all potential fabrics. Unconventional? Yes. Extremely useful? Absolutely. You’ll want to choose either a duck canvas or upholstery fabric. Make sure you buy a little extra fabric because you’ll need to wrap it around the board and foam. Since I was making two seats, 2 yards of the duck canvas was perfect. The fabric was 44” wide, so I could cut it in half and still have enough to wrap around the 16” board and foam. I also grabbed 2 yards of light batting, just to hold everything in place.
Superstore (Fred Meyer):
The middle layer is foam. As I meandered through the craft stores in my area, I noticed foam was SO expensive, and not nearly as thick as I had hoped. I wasn’t sure what I should chose, but then I found my solution at Fred Meyer – I purchased a twin foam camping mattress that was so much cheaper than anything at the craft stores, and also much more dense. It was perfect.
Velcro is expensive everywhere, but I found a sticky (instead of sew-on), industrial strength foam at Amazon