Spring has sprung and is here to stay, but even though it’s not quite warm enough to spend time reading and relaxing outside just yet, you can still make the most of the beautiful spring light and sunshine that will soon be flooding your home, by creating your very own window nook.
Window benches are ideal for any season, making them the perfect addition to just about any home – and you don’t need grand, big, wide-open window spaces either. During the warmer months, they are the perfect place to sit and take a few minutes out of your day to catch some sun with your morning cup of coffee, and in the winter, make the coziest space for when you want to curl up while it rains or snows outside.
If you still need some extra convincing, they also make the perfect place to get stuck into your latest book or magazine, do some work on the laptop, have a phone call with a friend, or simply take a few minutes to relax and have a breather from your busy day.
And creating your own isn’t as hard as you might think!
If you don’t have the time or money to invest in a built-in customized bench, you can easily create one by buying and assembling a kitchen cabinet, or a small bookshelf, and laying it on its side. There are many great and inexpensive options out there like these from Ikea.
For the upholstered seat, all you need is either a small mattress or MDF foam. Find soft but durable material that will compliment your room the most, and get to work with your staple gun, making sure to keep the fabric taut as you go along.
And if you really want to go all out, this could also be the perfect time to replace your old lackluster windows with TeVelde & Co. New windows will not only add extra beauty to your rooms but will also help to regulate temperature and add extra value to your home. After all, you will be spending a lot more time sitting next to your windows, so make sure to find out more about how to make the most of the fresh, natural light outside to create the best possible environment in your new nook.
Now that the DIY is over and you have your bench assembled, here comes the fun part – decor! Why not play around with various fabrics and textures and try adding some beautiful curtains to frame your window. Don’t be afraid to be colorful and creative and add lots and lots of cushions, in all shapes and sizes, to make your window bench super cozy and comfortable!
Extra storage space always comes in handy in every home, and your new window nook is the perfect place to store all the random items lying around your house. Add some beautiful but functional wicker rattan baskets for that farmhouse style feel, to store anything from books and magazines to blankets alongside children’s toys, stationery, and files.
So the only question that remains is – which window will you be adding your DIY window bench?