Window seat… not so much

I was unsuccessful in convincing the Husband that we should build a window seat beneath the front window. He was concerned it would take too much space and make our home feel smaller than it already is. Fair enough. It is absolutely important to me that our home is one we build together. You will never find me putting my foot down about design decisions. If he’s not convinced, we move on to the next idea; no harm, no foul.

However, another idea did offshoot from our window bench discussion. Part of the point of a window seat is the additional storage beneath. Closed storage is crucial in our house. We have a puppy who has yet to grow out of the chewing stage. Shoes are her favourite treat, but she’s also not opposed to purses, headphones, cords, afghans, pens, and duvets (especially pens on duvets. We can’t have anything nice). Leaving the house can be a chore, involving double and triple checking closet doors and putting anything she might like to sink her teeth into well out of her reach. A window seat would offer the perfect place to store shoes, afghans, extra pillows, etc.

But so would doors on a bookcase. Like this:

William Hefner Architecture Interiors & Landscape traditional home office
So, the new plan?
Something like this:
(Promise you won’t laugh.)
(Ok, I guess this probably deserves a little laughter…)
Yes. Yes. It’s Paint. I’m not cool enough for Sketch-up, not yet.
So… does it need a bit of a legend? Those blue blobs, they’re my club chair and another, complementing or matching chair. The brown thing in between is a side table. It would hold our favourite plant and such, as it currently does. On each side of the window, there are bookshelves, built in, or at least looking so, turned in to face each other. But, at the bottom, – and this is where the ever crucial closed storage comes in – I want cupboards that face out for easy access. Whether they’re drawers or actual cupboards, I haven’t yet decided.
Can you envision it? Or is my Paint sketch just a little too amateur? I think it would work and work well! And, who knows… this kind of a configuration would allow us to, one day, add in that bench should the Husband change his mind!

0 thoughts on “Window seat… not so much

  1. I don't think you want a cupboard like the one on the left right beside the wall like that. Maybe go triangular so that they face away from the corner of the room? Probably wouldn't work so well for the drawers though. Wouldn't you rather have symmetry and put another cupboard there instead of drawers? ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Hmm… yes, I should have been more specific on that. My doodle shows both because I'm still not sure what would be better, but we would only have one type.

    Good thought about a corner cupboard though! It would save space, but I'm not sure how the accessibility to the bottom cupboard would be. Hmm…

  3. I was just going to say, what you have drawn up there would be the perfect little book-nook with a built in bench! I think it's a really great and creative way to up your storage!

  4. Cool. I got the sketch right away. Would yo.u consider opening up the shelf part on two sides? So when you look straight at the window the shelves would be open. Just an idea that would afford you more light. Just a thought

  5. Like open shelving? we hadn't thought about it, but it could be a good idea. I love how much light that huge window lets in so I would hate to compromise it. my concern with completely open shelving though is how messy real, read books can look on them. I've got a lot of books, so I'm not so sure… I think it's time to look for more inspiration shots with something like this!

  6. Oh, oh, I know, I know! You could connect the two built-in shelves with a bench for additional seating and enclosed storage! *giggle*
    Joking aside, rather than two shelf towers, how about open shelving above the enclosed storage part for a more open feel? They work great for books and some decorative knick-knacks and appear visually lighter. Instead of the two club chairs I'd add a leggy lightweight sofa/loveseat and two storage ottomans as coffee table (more storage and optional seating for visitors)

  7. With what you've drawn here, you might as well just add a window seat. I don't think it would make the room smaller. It would look more pieced to together. I LOVED the idea you had in your previous post. I think you should tell your husband not to rule it out although I do completely agree that you have to work and decide together.

  8. Have you done a to-scale drawing yet? When I look at the pictures of the current space it looks like it would be really cramped with two bookshelves, two chairs and a side table. I actually think this would make the room feel a lot smaller than your window seat idea. The first picture from your original window seat post seems like a better use of the space and something that would appeal more to future buyers. Obviously I can't appreciate the scale of the space or furniture, but I would definitely recommend a to-scale drawing and maybe even laying the space out with some stuff you already have to get an idea of how it would actually feel (like lay a board over some boxes under the window to mimic the idea of a window seat). I've been working on designing our kitchen makeover and I was really surprised by the tricks my mind played on me in terms of what I thought could fit where and what actually fits where when I measured and sketched it out. Also, laying it out may make your husband feel better about the window seat (or confirm to you both that it won't work). Just a thought ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Good point! And you're right: I definitely should try to do this to scale. But, it's essentually the same as what we already have! Except that, instead of small 3.5 high feet bookshelves, we have ceiling height built-ins. With the cupboards on the bottom. And, since the chairs I want are actually smaller than our Ikea chairs, I don't think it would end up too cramped at all. For a reminder, this is what our current configuration looks like:

    http://thisdustyhouse.blogspot.com/2011/11/another-thought-window-benches.html

    Does that make sense?

    At this point, I think the plan is to build the bookcases and then maybe try laying down a board just to see if the Husband would like the bench idea. Who knows! He could change his mind yet!

  10. Pictures are so deceiving in terms of scale – you definitely have to be there in person to know what feels good (I guess it probably depends on the person too). I can't wait to see what you guys come up with and I'm impressed that you're building the bookcases yourselves. I would love to have more space to store books in our house, so I hope you share a tutorial of how you build them ๐Ÿ™‚

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