Do you have a bay window in your home, that you’re not quite sure what to do with? Sure it makes the room feel larger in that area, but how can you make a better use of the space? Bay windows are a beautiful feature to homes, as they allow more light to pour in, while increasing the usable space. Bay windows can serve to hold more furniture, or add an aesthetically pleasing ambiance to your room.  Here are some ways to make the most of your bay window.

  • Add furniture to take advantage of light: Sitting areas placed in bay windows are one of the benefits of bay windows. Bay windows are a unique architectural feature that adds visual interest to the room and functional furniture space. Depending on the size and use of your room, a dining room table, bedroom seating, or living room side tables will maximize the use of a bay window. Have a dark area of your bathroom? Consider adding a bay window for your bathtub to take advantage of natural light.
  • Build a window seat: If your bay window is located in a room such as a bedroom or kitchen a window seat is a beautiful way to add seating and coordinate matching seat cushions and throw pillows. Window seats can also be built with a hinged lid to make an area for storage below. Ideal for play areas for toys, or in guest bedrooms for bed linen and extra pillows. Window seats also make for great reading nook areas and places to curl up with a great book!
  • Expand your space visually: A nontraditional bay window can involve a garden window or area where the glazed window area projects outside of the exterior skin of your home. Modern architecture homes use these areas to expand the room visually and provide a feeling of an ‘outdoor’ sitting area while still being inside your home.  On the exterior of your home, consider adding planters, and landscaping around the window to bring the greenery and living plant experience inside your home as well.
  • Seamless view: Do you like bay window but don’t like the individual window panes that makes it appear segmented? In modern homes, bay windows can also be assembled with butt glazing joints, in which each piece of glass butts up against another and is sealed with sealant at the joints. The result is a uninterrupted view bay window that is clean and clear of visual obstructions.

If you want to expand your square footage in your room, or add more seating and visual appeal, a bay window may be perfect. While bay windows are easier to install at time of initial construction, smaller bay windows that fit above kitchen sink areas allow for display area for plants, and kitchen décor. While these bay windows don’t extend to the floor, they still are a great way to add a functional and beautiful addition to your space. Take a look at your home and determine where bay window could beautify your home, or take advantage of your existing one, with one of the above tips.

Freshome readers do you have a bay window in your home? Do you use it to its full potential? We’d love to hear your comments.