Step 1: Build the toekick

build window seat
Photo: Thomas-Rouchard Studio
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Start by building a perimeter base, called the toekick, out of 2x4s or 2x6s to the same height as the existing baseboard. The depth of the toekick must equal the depth of the cabinets, not including their doors. Fasten the toekick together with 3-inch screws; check to make sure it's level. Anchor the toekick with a couple of screws driven into the floor or wall studs.

TOH Tip
When deciding where to install a window seat, keep in mind that most windows have an air register or baseboard heater below them. (This one did not.) To ensure that the window seat does not block the flow of heat into the room, you must extend the ductwork under the seat and mount the register in the front of the toekick base. For a hot-water heating system, have a heating contractor install a flat toekick radiator with electric blower under the window seat.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Finish nailer
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • two-foot level
      Level
    • bar clamps
      Clamps
    • flat prybar
      Thin prybar
    • studfinder
      Stud finder
    • Countersink bit
      Counter-sink drillbit
    • caulk gun
      Caulking gun

    Shopping List

    1. STOCK KITCHEN CABINETS
    with matching trim and plywood skins

    2. UPHOLSTERED SEAT CUSHION

    3. CONTACT CEMENT
    used to adhere prefinished plywood skin to assembled cabinets

    4. PAINTBRUSH AND PAINT ROLLER
    used to apply contact cement

    5. 1½-INCH FINISHING NAILS
    for attaching trim pieces to cabinets

    6. 2x2 BLOCKS
    used to raise overall cabinet height to ceiling

    7. 2½- AND 3-INCH DRYWALL SCREWS
    for joining together cabinets and assembling toekick

    8. WOOD SHIMS
    used to level toekick

    9. LATEX CAULK