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Window Seats

by: - October 26, 2016
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by Garn Todd Joseph
Website & Advertising Assistant for the Millenia Group of Companies

A window seat offers a sense of comfort to a room and adds beauty by taking advantage of the stunning views of the outdoors. Not only are they ideal for relaxation; they also enhance the overall design of any room. But its ability to take an empty space and turn it into a delightful focal point is its greatest advantage.

One of the most important benefits of having a window seat is additional storage. It can be outfitted with an upholstered cushion. One option would be to have the seat designed in the form of a chest where by the top can be lifted to allow open storage under the seat. Another option is to have draws or cabinets to refrain from having to lift the sit. Shelved window seats also provide separate spaces for organizing books, or storing items such as sports equipment.

It is important to note that windows seats can be added to any room in the home as long as it has a window. Some other advantages of having a window seat are:

• It creates a welcoming place for guests to sit while removing or putting shoes, or to setting down packages.

• In the bedroom, it creates extra accommodations for overnight guests with a window seat at least the size of a standard twin mattress. Oversized window seats also provide a soothing space for naps in your bedroom, home office, or den.

• The window seat allows a clearer view of the outside than many sofas. Instead of having a sofa resting against a wall near the window in your living room add a window seat to take up less space.

• A windowed alcove in the kitchen creates a perfect place for eating by having a decent sized table along with a window seat, thus adding additional eating space for guests or large families.

• If your bathroom is large enough, a window seat can be an excellent place to seat while putting on lotion, blow-drying your hair, etc.

To prevent glare or direct heat from the sun entering in through windows, add shades, drapes or blinds. In addition cover the window seat cushion with outdoor fabric to prevent fading due to direct sunlight.

Consider adding window seats in your home to turn unused space into extra seating and storage space while improving the look and feel of your home.

by Garn Todd Joseph
Website & Advertising Assistant for the Millenia Group of Companies