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Posted on Jan 20, 2016 by Sam Heer

Creative and Functional Window Seat Ideas

Some homeowners find it challenging to maximize their bay and bow windows because of their unconventional design. The truth is, because of its alcove and high sill, this kind of window offers a myriad of design possibilities. Apart from a window seat, you can also turn the sill into built-in storage.


In this post, Renewal by Andersen ® of Central Illinois shows you how to get creative with your windows in Peoria, IL by sharing functional window seat ideas.

1. Window Seat Storage
Don’t waste a square inch of space. Drawers under a window seat near the kitchen make great storage for special-occasion dinnerware or those bulky pots you don’t use every day.

2. Cottage Kitchen Window Seat
A kitchen window seat fitted with a soft cushion makes a great place to wait for water to boil. Shutters provide privacy while still allowing plenty of sunlight. A bright red makes this area a focal point against crisp white cabinetry and trim.

3. Corner Window Seat
The corner configuration makes this type of window seat a cozy place for children to do their homework or enjoy an after-school snack. A big bench can allow space for everyone — or room for a reader to recline.

4. Pull Up a Table
When planning a window seat, consider leaving space for a dining table. When guests drop in, pull the table over for instant extra seating.

5. Beadboard Window Seat
Beadboard panels add dimension and texture to this type of window seat. An easy project, installing beadboard provides a cottage style and creates a finished look.

For your next window installation in Champaign, IL, enlist the help of our in-house design consultants. We can help you design a unique window that will enhance any room in your home. Call us at (866) 693-6707 today to schedule a free consultation.


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