There is nothing more peaceful and calming than curling up on a window seat with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book, or just gazing outside and watching the world go by. No matter what type of windows you have, you can create a window seat that looks amazing. Here are some hints and tips to get you started. For more help, just have a chat with your local windows
Building the Window Seat
Window seats are relatively easy to build if you decide that you want to go the DIY route, as they are basically a box! All you need are some tools, some screws, glue and nails, and some cushions. Measure the size of the window seat (usually the length of the window itself is perfect so if your window is a metre wide, you’ll want a metre window seat for example). Don’t forget to get the right height, and to do this, you’ll need to subtract the height of the cushions you’ll be using, otherwise you’ll end up feeling like you’re sitting way above the window! Cut all of the pieces of MDF or timber to size – two long sides, the top and bottom, and the two end pieces. Use nails, screws and glues to put it all together and ensure that it’s strong enough to support your weight. If you want to use the empty space inside for storage, simply attach the top piece with a piano hinge. Paint or stain to the colour of your choice, add the cushions, and voila! You’ve got your own personal retreat!
What if I Don’t Have a Nook?
If you don’t have a bay window or a nook for your window seat to go in, you don’t have to give up on the idea. The easiest solution is to place bookcases on either side of the window, so that they create a nook for you. If you don’t need extra bookcases (gasp!) install built in cupboards that you can use to store linen, towels, or other items in.
Window seats are the ultimate in charm and relaxation but safety is still paramount. If you are installing a window seat, you must check that the window itself has safety glass. After all, you don’t want to risk someone (especially little kids!) leaning on the glass and the glass giving way beneath them!