I spend some time on Fabric.com. They have hundreds of different fabrics to choose from. And I LOVE the design wall. I decided to put all of the colors of the project, and surrounding items (rugs, other furniture, curtains, etc.) on the design wall to help me make my decision. I have a rug that’s similar in color to the lime green, the blue was the fabric my husband and I had agreed on, the gold was to the be a trim around the bookcase, and I was trying to decide whether to add mint curtains or burgundy curtains.
If this project isn’t extremely time-sensitive, I suggest ordering test swatches of each of the fabrics you plan on using. Once I fell in love with a fabric online, and when the swatch arrived the colors weren’t as rich as I wanted. It was a pricier fabric, so I was grateful I didn’t just buy several yards I wasn’t sure to love.
Also, test swatches are useful if, like me, you aren’t exactly familiar with all of the types of fabric. I wanted my curtains to be shiny, but knew that silk was out of the budget. Then I quickly stopped by the fabric section at Walmart on a grocery run and realized 100% polyester is also shiny.
So I ordered some test swatches, figured out what looked best with my wall color, the shade of green my outside grass is, etc. and then ordered accordingly. Awesome.
Ok, to make the window seat:
First, you need to take a trip to IKEA. Buy this shelf unit or one similar to it.
Step 2: put it together. It just takes a screwdriver. Super easy.
Step 3: Buy some cushion foam from a craft store or online. Make sure it’s at least 57 inches long and 17 inches wide.
Step 4: Measure 57″ x 17″ on the foam.
Step 5: Cut it out.
Step 6: Cut your chosen fabric to wrap completely around the foam, and with at least 4 inches above the top and bottom of the foam.
Step 7: Super glue top and bottom fabric to the foam.
Step 8: Wrap the corners as if you’re wrapping a present. Glue it in place.
Step 9: Fold the fabric over the bottom of the fabric and glue in place.
Step 10: This last step is more precise. Both folding the edge of the fabric under and pulling the fabric tight, glue the other side of the fabric down.
Done. Throw the cushion on top and fill the cubbies with books, or baskets, or shoes, or whatever you need to store. This has come in super handy so we can have a place for our guests’ shoes, and toys for their son. It’s perfect!
Here’s my baby brother playing with my son. This bench has gotten so much use already!