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Window Seats

Window seats are a fantastic addition to any home – they provide both extra seating and handy extra storage in an area where space is usually left to go to waste. Their window positioning means they make use of the natural light from the sun and are therefore perfect the perfect place to curl up with a good book or just watch the world go by while sipping on a warm mug of coffee.

Ideally, bay windows make the perfect housing for a window seat but any window that does not reach all the way down to the floor can also easily incorporate one too.  If you don’t have a bay window, just be sure to check that you have enough space immediately in front of the window so that walking around the window seat will not cause a problem- often it just a simple case of rearranging the existing furniture.

A window seat can be as basic or as complicated as you wish, but the basis for most window seats is just a box with some form of access for storage added. As most people tend to use their window seats for relaxing more so than as formal seating, the height of the seat is not critical, though a good guideline is never to build the seat any higher than the windowsill itself.  If you have a floor to ceiling window, that’s OK, too, you can always build a free standing window seat which will allow curtains to run freely behind it.  A seat height of fourteen to nineteen inches is generally more than enough. One important thing to remember is the thickness of the cushioned layer which will sit on top of the wooden body. Depending on how comfortable you wish your seating to be, foam cushions can go up to about eight inches. When covering your cushioning, try to choose a material which matches your curtains or, if you have blinds, opt for fabric that blends well with your sofa to create a harmonious feel.

Next you will need to decide on how deep the seat will be.  Again, it is entirely down to personal preference and how much storage (if any at all) you require. Generally speaking depths range from seventeen to twenty-four inches. If you are using your window seat for storage, you will need to decide on your preferred method of access.  Options include a hinged lid, cabinet-style doors, sliding doors, or drawers.  When making your decision, take into account what you actually intend to store and how often it will need to be accessed. In a hallway for example, you may be using the storage for shoes and boots, in which case a hinged lid or cabinet-style door would be your best bet. In a living room, you may be using your window seat to store DVDs and CDs, in which case you should choose either drawers or a sliding door with internal shelves. Or, in a bedroom, window seats are a great place to store bedding, towels or blankets.

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