Bay and bow windows are some of the most functional window styles you can install in your home. They are technically a combination of different smaller units, but what makes them special is the extra square footage they provide. Since they extend from the exterior wall, they create an extra space inside the home. This additional space can be used for many purposes, including:
- Window Seat: What better way to make the most of large windows than by making comfortable window seats for expanded views? Bay and bow windows work really well with window seats. During the installation of your new windows, make it a point to get additional seating—either in your kitchen, living room or bedroom. You can transform this area into the perfect nook for reading or relaxing.
- Storage Space: You can also use the space under your window seat for storage. An open shelf is ideal for small books or a small toy collection. For storing larger items, such as spare comforters or winter clothes, you can install pull-out drawers under the window seat. Creating a drawer or cabinet that opens from the top, on the other hand, is a smart way to make the space safe for small children.
- Built-in Banquette: Spruce up the ambiance of your kitchen or dining area by creating a built-in banquette with the space provided by your bay and bow windows. Fit the banquette below the sill and toss on some pillows for a more relaxed setting. You can also transform the space into a mini coffee nook by adding a classic pedestal table of the right height.
- Dining Spot: You can create an intimate dining area in the space next to your bay or bow window. Be sure that the window sills are level with the table for a more balanced look.
- Built-In Desk: You can also use this space to carve out a great spot for studying or working. A spacious bump-out can accommodate a built-in desk perfect for holding your laptop and storing your essentials.
Wondering where to place your bay and bow replacement windows to maximize their beauty and functionality? We’ll discuss the ideal placements for these windows in the last part of this series, so stay tuned!