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Where’s The Best Place To Put A Window Seat In A Home?

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A cozy window seat in front two casement replacement windows and a picture window.

A cozy window seat in front two casement replacement windows and a picture window.

Hi, my husband and I recently replaced our windows. The old ones were either drafty or let in too much heat and we never spent much time near them. The replacements are actually comfortable and we think we want to put in a window seat somewhere. Where is a good place to put one? Is this something we can do ourselves or do we need to hire a carpenter? Thanks!

Answer:

I bet it’s great to finally enjoy gazing out your windows without the draft (not to mention saving money on your energy bills, too). Window seats are one of the best ways to enjoy your windows because they can add so much to the home:

• Relaxation: cozy, comfortable place to sit and read
• Utility: what were you going to do with that space anyway?
• Storage: flip up seats, stock cabinets or shelving can be used for additional storage
• Seasonal Decor: change out the cushions or pillows to match your mood
• Eye-candy: your eyes are immediately drawn to a decorated window seat when you enter the room
• Value: window seats can add value to your home

You can install a window seat just about any place that has a window and could use a little livening up – in your kitchen, living room, bedroom, even a cozy nook in a hallway or by a dormer.

The most important thing to consider about a window seat is how much height and depth you need to accomplish your goals. It needs to be deep enough for a comfortable seat, and not too tall that you need a step-stool to sit in it. You may already have the perfect place for one. You may have a small nook that uses double hung windows or casements. Some bay windows or bow windows are deep enough to put a window seat in one. When we install bay or bow replacement windows, we include an extended wooden windowsill custom fit to the depth of the window. This can be used as a window seat, too.

If your home doesn’t have a window like this, you can make one. Frame a window using tall cabinets to create an alcove. Then use small cabinets or shelves as the window seat. Make sure both the cabinets and window seat are deep enough that you’ll be comfortable.

This can be a do it yourself job, although a handyman could do it too. Here’s a great guide that explains step-by-step how to make a window seat using cabinets: How To Make A Window Seat

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Gerry Rogers is the President of Mr. Rogers Windows

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