Creating a Window Seat

Reference Number: KB-00856
Last Modified: October 11, 2021

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Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


I have a bump-out with a window and would like to create a window seat for it. How do I do that?

Window seat under a window with some artwork on the walls


A window seat can be easily placed in your bump-out using the Base Cabinet tool.

To create a window seat

  1. Select Build> Cabinets> Base Cabinet  and click in the plan to place one or more cabinets.

    For the purpose of this example, three base cabinets were used. 

  2. Move the cabinets into place in the bump-out.

    You may need to hold down the Control key on your keyboard, or the Command key if you are working on a Mac, while moving the cabinets to allow for unrestricted movement. 

  3. Use the various edit handles on the cabinets to resize them to fit in bump-out space.

    Selecting the middle cabinet showing the different edit handles to modify it

  4. Next, select the first cabinet using the Select Objects  tool and click on the Open Object  edit tool.

  5. On the Front panel of the Base Cabinet Specification dialog that displays:

    • Select the backsplash in the preview, if one is present, and click on the Delete button.

    • Repeat this process to Delete the toekick and drawer as well, leaving just doors for the cabinet.

    • Select the countertop in the preview, and increase its thickness using the Item Height field.

      For the purposes of this example, we changed it to 3".

  6. Go to the Door/Drawer panel to select whether or not to display handles or hinges on your doors and change their location.

  7. Select the Materials panel, select the Countertop component and click the Select Material button to display the Select Material dialog, which allows you to choose an appropriate fabric for your window seat.

    In the Base Cabinet Specification showing the Select Materials button to change the Countertop material  

    Set the remaining materials for the rest of your cabinet including the cabinet itself, the door(s), and the hardware.

  8. Click OK to apply the changes and close the dialog.

  9. Repeat these steps for the remaining cabinets, then take a Camera view to see the results.