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    A Guide to Window Seats

    Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main house, a window seat is the perfect place to relax. Additionally, a well-crafted window seat can offer a handsome focal point for any room.
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    Though simple in principle, window seats allow for variability and creativity. From its location in the house to its different accessories, such as window seat cushions, a window seat has a nearly infinite array of customizable features. If you’re interested in adding a window seat and window seat cushions to your home, take a look at our handy guide below.

    Different Window Seats for Different Rooms

    Kitchen: In a kitchen, a window seat built into a bay window or a windowed alcove is the perfect place for a breakfast nook. A window seat is a great addition to a kitchen, as it supplies extra seating while still allowing for big windows and generous amounts of light.

    Living Room: A window seat built into a living room window is perfect for maximizing the light in your room. A big, clumsy couch placed in front of the window might block incoming light. With a window seat, you can allow more light to enter the room, while still supplying seating for family and guests. Also, adding window seat cushions to your seat can make it as comfortable as any living room couch.

    Bedroom: Window seats in bedrooms offer the perfect place for some relaxing reflection before bed. Try bordering your window seat with bookcases or dressers to build a custom frame around the seat with extra storage space. Add plenty of window seat cushions to make this spot extra cozy.

    Bedroom window seat with plenty of window seat cushions. | © CC BY 2.0 flickr.com / homestilo

    Window Seat Cushions

    Though window seats have many potential accessories, window seat cushions are one of the most important. Window seat cushions will function as inviting devices that allow a window seat to be comfortable. The most common and practical window seat cushion is the box cushion. This brand of window seat cushion is rectangular and easily fits over the top of your window seat.

    In addition to transforming your window seats into cozy retreats, window seat cushions can also add elements of versatility. For example, try adding thick window seat cushions (or even replace your window seat cushions with a small mattress) to transform your bedroom window seat into an ideal spot for a quick nap, or even a potential guest bed.

    Storage for Window Seats

    Window seats can be used for more than luxurious lounging. In fact, they can offer you extra storage space. Generally, window seats with storage space inside feature a hinged lid on top that opens vertically, smaller cabinet doors on the sides that swing open horizontally, or open cabinets on the sides. Storage accessed through the side of a window seat, rather than the top, can allow for greater ease of access if the top of your window seat is covered by window seat cushions.

    Costs for Window Seats

    For a window seat built from stock materials, expect to pay somewhere between $100 and $350. You’ll fork over some extra cash for window seats made from custom materials, as most customs window seats will cost at least $1,000 or more.

    All in all, a window seat can function not only as an extra source of comfortable seating, but also as a practical source of storage that won’t add clutter to a room. To find help installing a window seat in your home, check out our helpful contractor database today.

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