Build windowseat and bookcase around window
The window seat is essentially an open-ended box built from plywood. Once it’s assembled, we nail it to the toe kick and the walls before we begin putting together the bookshelves that go on top of it.
To hide the raw edges of the plywood and stiffen up the whole unit, we’re attaching a 1 X 2 band to all of the front edges.
These vinyl planks require a gap along the edges for expansion. Shoe molding covers it at the walls, but we add colored caulk along the handrail base to hide the gap there, and still remain flexible.
Add base and shoe molding
Chelsea and Wyndy survey her daughter’s books, games and toys to determine exactly what size spaces we’ll need for the design of the new window seat and bookcase.