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Memphis Mike
08-09-2008, 11:49 AM
I'm fixing up my man cave for the winter. Right now I'm painting and intend to put down a tile floor.

I want to include a window seat that will be long enough to nap on.;)

The wall where this will be built is six and a half feet long. I want to build this so I will have some storage underneath.

Does anyone have any good ideas for basic construction? I have my own but would like to see some more before I start.

Any pictures would be appreciated.

Milo Christensen
08-09-2008, 11:57 AM
Sorry Mike, this time, once again, we are not in agreement. Window seats are kind of girly. You know, a place for two little girls in frilly dresses to sit playing with dolls.

You need a big ass couch to take a real manly mans nap, even if you do have a skinny ass.

Memphis Mike
08-09-2008, 12:01 PM
LOL!:D:D I don't think I can fit a big ass couch in my little space.

Phillip Allen
08-09-2008, 12:03 PM
aw leave him alone Milo...I like the idea of window seats. I once went into a very old light house and the inside was cylindrical while the outside was tapered (120 feet tall)...made for some very deep windows and I was favorably impressed. I'd make that window seat to seem like a deep window (picture the sun shinning in on a warm room from the snowy outside...)

JimM
08-09-2008, 12:22 PM
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Try this.

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/hf_other/article/0,2037,DIY_13900_2270810,00.html

or this

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=Build/WindowSeat.html

Milo Christensen
08-09-2008, 12:23 PM
Mike, what's the maximum width you can make the window seat?

Memphis Mike
08-09-2008, 12:31 PM
Mike, what's the maximum width you can make the window seat?

Say two feet?

This is my current deal.:D

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b7cf28b3127ccec2c676454be800000010O08AcsWbRi0aNQ e3nwk/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D480/ry%3D320/

huisjen
08-09-2008, 12:31 PM
Having a rack in your hole is a good idea. Get a decent small mattress and build cabinets to go underneath. Cover the mattress in a fitted bag, like a futon cover. Use a fabric that's comfortable without sheets. Choose material carefully. (Corduroy pillows are making head-lines.)

Ditch the tile floor though. Cold on the toes, and to easy to smash things on it, including the tiles themselves. Go wood.

Mrleft8
08-09-2008, 12:39 PM
No tile. Tile bad....Wood good.

Memphis Mike
08-09-2008, 12:43 PM
The cabinet idea is pretty cool but actually what I want to do is store a couple of guitars in their cases so I'll prolly need something with one big door on it.

Memphis Mike
08-09-2008, 12:45 PM
No tile. Tile bad....Wood good.

I guess I could go tongue and groove but I thought Mexican tile would be cool.:cool:

I don't go barefoot around the house much anyhow.

contented
08-09-2008, 04:20 PM
one sheet of plywood (birch?).......one ripper about 12" for the front...(assuming a 5" cushion/mattress)....2x4 screwed to the back wall 12" to the top........1" plywood ripper against wall on top of that 2x4, ........then a 23" ripper connected to it with a piano hinge.

assuming a 1" overhang in the front, have a 20 3/4" 2x4 at each end going from the 2x4 in the back to the inside of the front plywood.

this will only work if this bench is in an alcove?........don't forget to edge the front of the top with a handsome ripper from your boat shop

Woxbox
08-09-2008, 11:33 PM
I did one with the kitchen cabinet tops underneath the seat, and then 6' tall units left and right. Then I built a top over the seat with a bit of trim to hide the overhead track lighting. There's a vaccum cleaner in one of those side units, but a couple of guitars would fit, too. My seat is a little over four feet long and the entire unit about eight feet. So for sleeping you'd need maybe 10 feet of wall. But the whole thing goes together very quickly, and painted to match the trim in the room it doesn't for a minute suggest it's kitchen cabinets.

Tylerdurden
08-10-2008, 06:59 AM
No offense but the whole Man Cave thing is kinda Ghey don't you think?

A couple of overturned buckets around the fire is man cave enough for me. Just bring and acoustic with you and it would be perfect.

Paul Pless
08-10-2008, 07:53 AM
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b7cf28b3127ccec2c676454be800000010O08AcsWbRi0aNQ e3nwk/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D480/ry%3D320/


Gosh, but that picture seems very Ish-like.;):D

Tylerdurden
08-10-2008, 09:38 AM
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b7cf28b3127ccec2c676454be800000010O08AcsWbRi0aNQ e3nwk/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D480/ry%3D320/


Gosh, but that picture seems very Ish-like.;):D

Wouldn't Ish be on top of the dog?:D

ishmael
08-10-2008, 10:20 AM
The silly innuendo will be ignored.

It's pretty easy to frame up and build this. A variety of ways to go about it, but it sounds to me like you need a half dozen lumberyard two by fours and two sheets of ply. You've got a table saw, so a glue edge on the lifting seat and the surrounds so you can put an edge band on. Split some of the two bys and glue/screw them to the underside of the ply for the bed, maybe sixteen inch centers. Buy a decent carbide blade for the saw and keep your square handy. Hire a local futon maker to make a pad and Bob's your uncle.

Gary E
08-10-2008, 10:28 AM
Go to the summer outdoor furniture store and pick out a replacement cushion that fits you... Then build the glorified oversized toybox aginst the wall to suit it.

Why you need this anyway?... the boss kick you off the couch?

Wild Dingo
08-10-2008, 10:46 AM
Well... if your going to sit on it then 4ft as suggested above would be enough... but if your going to sprawl an snore on it Id suggest for your skinny length more like 6ft long would be best? ;)

"Man cave" eh? with a window? mmm window bed next thing will be pretty pink chintz curtains!! :eek: good grief man are you turning metro man on us???? :D Better sort out another band right smart young fella!! :cool:

Sorry if your having problems Mike... but make it long enough so you can snore comfortably... ooh and wide enough so the damned pooch doesnt have to scrunch you up so much you gotta muck about with yer gronicles all day! :D

Memphis Mike
08-10-2008, 11:35 AM
Go to the summer outdoor furniture store and pick out a replacement cushion that fits you... Then build the glorified oversized toybox aginst the wall to suit it.

Why you need this anyway?... the boss kick you off the couch?

Yup, dog's the boss. It's her couch not mine.