Written by Staff Writer
14 Jun, 2019 | 10:46 am
Window seats aren’t just pretty–they can be practical too! This simple addition to your room is a wonderful way to add extra seating to smaller spaces, offer hidden storage, and provide a quiet place to read, relax, and enjoy the view.
Whether you want to create a cozy corner or a more sophisticated design element to the room, a window seat can offer just the right touch to an otherwise boring space. The following instructions can be used for everything from the most basic window seat to a high-end style, designed to set the tone of the room.
If you have decided that it’s time to add a window seat to your home, your first step is deciding where to put it. Is there a specific room or window you have in mind? While smaller seats can be placed at any window, for a more luxurious look and comfier feel, you may want to consider putting one under a larger bay-style window that overlooks a picturesque setting. What if your home doesn’t have this feature? Having a bay window installed will cost around $2,300, according to HomeAdvisor data.
Here are some tips when choosing a spot for your window seat:
Once you have figured out where you want to install your new window seat, you need to figure out what size and style you want. Measure the window. How much space do you have to work with? What about the rest of the room? Consider whether this large seat flanked with bookcases would enhance the interior, or make it seem more crowded? Once you know how large (or small) to make your seat, it’s time to figure out how you want to build it.
A small basic window seat is good for single windows tucked in foyers, at the top of the stairs, etc. Simple to build, basic window seats take a day or two to build and cost a few hundred dollars. Begin by framing the bench box to match the dimensions of your seating area. Next, measure, cut, and attach plywood sides. Measure and cut a plywood top (add hinges if you would like to add some extra storage). Paint and install. Add a cushion for a comfier feel.
The trick to making this DIY project as easy as possible: using pre-made kitchen cabinets and standard shelving units to create an elegant window seat for a fraction of the cost of having one custom made. Depending on the style and materials used, these types of cabinets can run as low as $100 or as high as several thousand. This opens your options when designing a unique custom look. How can you use these cabinets and shelves to create your one-of-a-kind window seat? Here’s how:
Finish by painting or staining unfinished wood; adding decorative hardwood and placing a cushion on the seat. For a more sophisticated look and comfier feel, consider having the seat professionally upholstered, which runs around $600.
Now, step back and enjoy the rich look of an intimate window seat, complete with side cupboards and bookshelves.
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