The Sunny Seat is a canvas seat that is held together with a PVC frame. The bottom part of the frame is held right to your window with two giant 3.25″ suction cups. From the outside corners there are thick clear plastic support cords that attach to two more suction cups which are applied to your sunny seat well above the seat.
How Much Room do you need on your window: You need to have a square of glass that is just under 25″ The seat sticks out about an inch from the windows so if you have frames over your windows it still might work as long as you can put a suction cup 25″ apart from edge to edge and the same thing with the ones from top to bottom. I had wanted to put ours in the front window but I did not have quite enough room so we put it on our patio sliding door.
I do feel that it’s possible that I could reduce the width of the seat an inch or so by cutting down the PVC to make it not quite so wide. I thought about doing this but we decided to put it on the sliding glass door and it’s worked out just fine there. The only problem we will have is in the summer when I want to close the blinds on that sliding door.
The Seat: The Sunny Seat has a canvas cover that you can put on and take off easily for washing. We put a blanket on top of it but our cat goes up there even without the blanket. We used a thin plush blanket. The only thing I did not like is that the canvas seat cover is sort of a pocket and it has no closure on the side closest to the window. Not that my cat would fall because of it, but it looks a little sloppy. I am not sure why they did not attach some velcro to the flap to keep it looking neat. The Seat measures 22″ wide and 12″ deep. Since there is a 1″ space required for the suction cups it sticks out a total of 13″. The supporting cord is 22″ long and attaches to the top suction cups.
Putting the Sunny Seat Together: The Sunny Seat is easy to put together and requires no tools. You just slide the PVC into the corners and two of the suction cups attach to the frame. The cover slides over and support cords are threaded through holes in the canvas. Wash and dry your windows and then push the suction cups firmly in place. Attach the bottom first and check to see that it is aligned. Then attach the top suction cups to support the seat so that it is level.
How Well it Stays in Place: We honestly did not even wash our windows first and I put it on repositioned it a few times and then pushed the cups on firmly. The seat has stayed put! It is easy to get the suction cups off as they have a little tab to pull on to release them.
How much weight will the Sunny Seat Support: The instruction say it will hold up to 50 lbs but my cat only weights a little over 10. We do not have another cat but unless you have small cats this seems like the right size for one cat. I am sure it would hold the weight of two normal cats but I am not sure I would want 50 lbs of pressure pulling on my windows.
Our Experience with The Sunny Seat
Owners thoughts: I thought that the Sunny Seat was really easy to put together and does not take up much room. It is extremely light weight and I can open and close my sliding door with it in place. The seat does not ruin any woodwork or require any hardware so it meets all my needs.
The Cats Thoughts: Tinkerbelle spends some time in his sunny seat every day even though it’s winter and there is not much to see outside. It’s funny, but he seems to enjoy it most in the evenings. I have a feeling he will love it in the summer when there are birds and wildlife to watch. I am sure Tinkerbelle would give the Sunny Seat a Paws Up.