If your home didn’t come with its own window seat already built in, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Many times unused space can be turned into a wonderful window seat with a minimum of fuss.
Extra built in storage can tame the clutter while keeping favorite books, magazines or whatever you wish tucked away. Fit your window seat with drawers, cabinets or a hinged top. Window seats are perfect for taking unused space and making it functional.
Window seats are appropriate for almost any home design or home decor style, from colonial to modern. The versatile form can also be fitted for any room, from bedroom to dining room, although they may be called other names, such as a boot bench or banquette. By adding the right trim, your window seat can blend in with the room’s architectural design, making it a seamless addition that looks like it was a part of the original home build.
An attractive window seat can also act as a focal point in a room, setting a warm and cozy look that becomes the overriding theme in the decor.
To allow for comfort, window seats should follow a few guidelines of measurement. The depth should be between 16 and 20 inches to allow you to sit facing forward with your feet on the floor. If you opt for a back rest, it should be 10-20 inches high, fitting below the window or against a side wall. This will prevent anyone from leaning against the window itself, which could be uncomfortable or even dangerous. As for height, this can vary to suit the space, but standard chair height is 18 inches. Don’t forget to allow two to four inches for a nice cushion.
Should you build your own window seat or go with a pro? It all depends on your skill set and your room’s design. If you want an exact match to your home’s trim or millwork, or if need to work around architectural features, such as a bay window, a pro may more likely ensure a successful project.
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