Create Beautiful Window Seats
Design/Build: It’s not uncommon to mock up several options before getting the right proportions.
Synopsis: Window seats are a great opportunity to customize a home. This Design/Build department lays out the design possibilities for window seats, including options for setting the depth and height of the seat, placement of the seat in a stair landing, and design of the enclosure or open area below the seat.
Window seats create an opportunity to customize your home. They add value to the house and to our lives because they create character and sense of place. While they can be designed and built with intricate trim details and built-in storage, they can also be pretty simple.
There are very few design pitfalls to consider in terms of the aesthetics of a window seat. The areas to watch out for are comfort and usability. Designing for comfort depends on the intended use. A window seat for a dining nook should be sized to match typical chair dimensions, while a window seat for reclining and reading should be deeper. The key variables are available height below the window and depth of the bay and room (if the seat projects into the space). The trick to getting it right is to mock up a design to test out your dimensions before you build the final piece. This will give a true sense of how the final result will look and feel. It’s not uncommon to mock up several options before getting the right proportions.
The height of the seat will be tied to the height of the windowsill, balanced with the intended use. For a bench meant for reading or relaxing, an ideal windowsill height is between 2 ft. and 2 ft. 6 in., or around 3 ft. if you’re tucking a bench with an angled back in a dining nook under a window. If you’ll be facing…