A window seat for a bay window

A window seat for a bay window

You may be lucky enough to live in a house with beautiful bay windows. They may be square bays or semi-circular, on the ground floor or first floor. However, if you are also blessed with a beautiful aspect either looking out onto a lush lawn and colourful borders or overlooking green, open countryside, then you may want to consider making a feature of your bay window indoors by creating a window seat.

If you think your bay window is big enough to accommodate a window seat, then armed with a few basic carpentry and DIY skills, it is not too difficult to construct a sturdy window seat. Using 2” by 4” timber joists, build a framing wall to a height of about 15” and secure to the floor and to the walls at the side. Attach a piece of timber to the back wall of the bay (under the window) at exactly the same level as the top of the framing wall. Using the same size timber joists, make a horizontal frame to sit across the top of the wall and the support at the back. Then you will need to cut MDF boards to fit across the vertical front of the frame wall and the horizontal seating area. With a router bit make a rounded edge along the length of the board at the front. Your MDF can now be painted and then covered with cushions as you see fit.

Finally, grab a book, make yourself comfortable and relax whilst looking out over your garden or over open countryside.