Published on April 10th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


A woody window sill

Tim gets hold of some Platta wooden decking to embellish his window sill which gives it a nice natural look.

He says, “I just made a hack using five Plattas. They were to be used for your terrace for flowers or walking on it I suppose. I don’t really know. So I used them for making a window sill because these things do look ugh most times and are also ugh expensive.

After I had sawn them apart into a smaller and a bigger part below the 3rd bar, I put them back together at 90 degree angles using brackets and screws. All this took me one hour maximum. That’s pretty much everything that’s to say about it. They lie loose on the ugly stone window sill and as far as I am concerned I think they look pretty neat. The best is that it did cost me only about 30 Euros (approx. 45 US$) including the Plattas and brackets in comparison to about 100 Euros for a window sill from the hardware store.”

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11 Responses to A woody window sill

  1. Lily says:

    Your hack makes me smile. Why didn’t I came up with an idea like that? I’ve been searching so long for a way to cover the window sill in my appartment

  2. Amber says:

    Looks great! Much warmer and cozier looking than the cold stone.

  3. Daily Tv Guide says:

    very creative.. it looks so perfect!

  4. Anonymous says:

    You can see the real window sill on the lower half of the first pic. It’s really ugly, stone with some pattered film and dried glue on it (having remained from the twenty years old full wooden cover prior to mine). So there’s absolutely no need to repair it or be aware of not damaging this ugly thing ;)

    No they don’t wobble. Only when you touch them at the front piece as they aren’t connected to the stone window sill below. But as I usually don’t sit around and push my window sill I got no problems with that ;)

  5. Marleen says:

    Good idea – but don’t the brackets make them wobble? It might be better to put them between the crosspieces rather than on them. That way, they can’t scratch the finish on the “real” windowsill, either, so you won’t have to repair it when you move!

  6. Geno says:

    Okay wow it took me a while to figure out how they were actually sitting there… but they look great! They have a very custom feel to it, and I love that they are easily removable. A great idea for any renter.

  7. DNfromMN says:

    just make sure they don’t get wet, the stain on them runs.

  8. Anonymous says:

    @anonymous, don’t know any statistics off the top of my head, but I think you’re right about more Americans owning than renting. Owning your own home is the “American Dream” & you get major tax breaks when you own as opposed to renting.

    As a renter, I like to see any hack that can be implemented in a rental!

  9. Anonymous says:

    No I don’t think they can get wet, only thing they do get is warm sometimes because as you can see I got the heating just underneath the window sill.
    And yes, they’re pretty easy to relocate. They’re just lieing there with no connection to the fabolously beautiful stone window sill ;-)
    And I think it’s great for me being a German as most Germans live for rent I think contrary to other countries like the United States (correct me if I’m wrong).

  10. Anonymous says:

    great idea, especially for renters if your temporary home is less than ideal since it seems like these window sills would be pretty easy to remove and relocate if necessary!

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