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Creative DIY mum creates beautiful window seat for just £29

DebsGC
7th May 2020, 12:00 PM
  • Courtney Gallears, 27, had always wanted a window seat
  • Inspired by a Pinterest image, she decided to make one out of pallets
  • Her window seat cost less than £30

If you’ve ever thought about installing a window seat by your bay window, the cost might have put you off.

But one creative mum has proved it’s possible to build a window seat on a limited budget.

Courtney Gallears, 27, a hairdresser and mum of two from Tamworth, managed to build hers for a grand total of £29.

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Courtney told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “Since I was a little girl, I have wanted a window seat. I was looking on Pinterest for ideas and I saw that you could make a lot of things out of pallets.

"My flat is small and both of my daughters have a lot of toys so I thought what better than a storage window seat? Dreams do come true!

"I've always wanted a window seat and the space in front of the window was perfect to build a simple storage window seat.

“I used one pallet, one length of 2x2 timber, one length of 2x4 and a small sheet of 15m plywood. All the wood was salvaged.

"I fixed the 2x2 to the wall, using raw plugs and screws. I then screwed two pieces of 2x4 to the front of the 2x2.

"I cut the short length of pallet wood and screwed it to the 2x4 with a 5m gap in between each piece.

"I then used some of the remaining pallet wood to frame the front panels, then I filled the screw holes and sanded it.

"I painted it with Wilko satin finish wood paint. Once this was done, then I cut the board for the top and laid it over a cot mattress which I then cut to size.

"I cover it with a grey bed sheet and stapled it to the board. The total cost was £29 - £9 for the paint and £20 for the mattress.”

Courtney is delighted with how the project has turned out, and says it’s the ideal distraction during the lockdown.

“It took five hours of work spread over five days,” she adds. "I'm very happy with the finished product.

“Me and my children love sitting on it. I'm also very overwhelmed at the response that I have received online!

"This project was great for myself during lockdown as it gave me something to do. It has created a beautiful bright seating area and some much needed storage!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “When scrolling through Pinterest or home interiors accounts, many of us long for luxury touches to our home such as window seats, but the cost of getting them installed professionally can be prohibitive.

“Courtney took the initiative and proved that you can build one yourself for a mere fraction of the price.

“If you’re new to DIY, watch online tutorials to see how to get started! There are so many out there to choose from."

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