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Adding a bay window seat to your home is an excellent way to utilise what is otherwise unused space by creating further seating for guests, not to mention the added benefit of additional storage around the home.

TV designer and renovation guru Ben Hillman has joined forces with DIY experts Black & Decker to produce a step by step guide for installing bay window seats using the new Black & Decker High Performance range of power tools.

Highlights of the new range include the lightweight and compact Cordless 10.8v Drill Driver, Impact Driver and Reciprocating Saw, all with Lithium Ion technology to ensure the tools are ready to use when you need them and last for the duration of the job.

Ben Hillman’s Guide to installing a window seat

Ben explains: “Let’s assume we are going to build a lid to a bay window seat. To get started you will need to draw up a comprehensive design of the seat you wish to build and measure precisely the internal measurements of the bay. Following this, you should:

• Create a framework akin to that of a stud wall using 4”x2” timbers. Many of the timber cuts can be achieved using the High Performance 10.8v Cordless Reciprocating Saw as these will be concealed inside the carcass of the seat

• Fix the front framework to the walls at either side of the bay using the 18v Lithium Ion Hammer Drill and fixings. You can also screw or nail the framework to the floor so long as you are sure that there isn’t any pipework or electrical cabling in the way

• Once the front framework is in place you can then start framing out the back of the seat against the wall. The MDF seat will sit directly on to this framework, so it must be securely fitted

• Establish the size of the lid you wish to create and then build the framework around this, leaving uninterrupted access for storage. The framework around the lid should overlap by half the width of the timber supports, so that when the lid is closed it rests on the frame for strength

• Once the basic seat frame is complete you can start attaching the MDF boarding. I would recommend a 18-22mm board for the seat surface and 12mm for the front of the window seat

• Creating pilot holes with the High Performance 10.8v Cordless Drill Driver fit a piano hinge to the back of the lid

• You can now start adding skirting board and detailed trims to the front of the window seat to suit your home, style and taste. Fill and rub down the woodwork and paint to suit

• For that finishing touch why not have an upholstered seat cushioning made to complement the room”

Carrying out DIY tasks such as installing a bay window seat can transform the home by adding an instant ‘wow’ factor, which in turn can add value to the property.


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HPL106K Cordless Drill Driver – RRP £129.99, available from B&Q
HPL10IMK Cordless Impact Driver – RRP £129.99, available from B&Q
HPL10RSK Cordless Reciprocating Saw - RRP £129.99, available from B&Q
HP188F4LK 18v Lithium Ion Hammer Drill – RRP £129.99, available from B&Q

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