10 chic ways to use your bay window alcove

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10 chic ways to use your bay window alcove

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Bay windows are a beautiful installation in their own right, but they leave an alcove of interior space that can simply go to waste, if you don't choose to make more of it. Interior designers are adept at maximising the usefulness of these terrific pockets of space, but we want you to have a little inspiration at your fingertips, which is why we're going to show you some really handy ideas! Whether you need more storage, extra seating or just some practical potential, we have a solution for you, right here, so come and take a look!

1. House the dining table.

Dining room shutters for bay windows:  Living room by Plantation Shutters Ltd,
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Dining room shutters for bay windows

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Dining tables have a real knack for never quite fitting where you want them to and requiring a larger sacrifice of floor space than you initially anticipated, but slot one into a bay window alcove and you'll have bags of room to spare! You could even build bench seating into the window, to require less pull-out chairs as well!

2. Somewhere else to sit.

Cafe Style Shutters for Bay Windows:  Windows & doors  by Plantation Shutters Ltd,
Plantation Shutters Ltd

Cafe Style Shutters for Bay Windows

Plantation Shutters Ltd

In a busy family home, there's no such thing as too much seating! With that in mind, a bay window seat is a great inclusion that will come in really handy when the living room sofa is at full capacity. We think your kids will fight over who gets to enjoy the window seat, as they just look really cool!

3. Bathe in style.

Bathroom shutters for bay windows:  Bathroom by Plantation Shutters Ltd,
Plantation Shutters Ltd

Bathroom shutters for bay windows

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Baths can be a little annoying in that they never quite seem to fit anywhere perfectly, unless you pop them into a window alcove! Not only will the space look made to measure, you can also enjoy a little starlit bathing, if you aren't overlooked by neighbours!

4. A private corner.

Living room shutters for bay windows:  Living room by Plantation Shutters Ltd,
Plantation Shutters Ltd

Living room shutters for bay windows

Plantation Shutters Ltd

For intimate conversation, a bay window alcove with a couple of armchairs is the perfect location! You'll get the benefit of a stylish aesthetic ad well as a cosy corner for those serious discussions that you don't want everyone to be privy to. Perfect!

5. Natural lighting on tap.

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Plantation Shutters Ltd

Tier on Tier Shutters for Sash & Bay Windows

Plantation Shutters Ltd

Placing a dressing table into a bay window alcove is inspired, as we all know that natural light is our best friend for hair and make up! An antique table will look especially stunning and become a real focal point in any bedroom, but won't take up valuable floor space around the bed.

6. Build in something essential.

Kitchen with Heritage Bronze Casements:  Windows & doors  by Architectural Bronze Ltd,
Architectural Bronze Ltd

Kitchen with Heritage Bronze Casements

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In a kitchen with a bay window, we think you have a tailor-made sink placement! Building a stylish countertop and sink unit into a window alcove will help to keep your kitchen as large as possible and you will probably find that the plumbing is a lot simpler to complete as well!

7. Pull up a chaise.

View of bay window and new sofa:  Living room by Studio 29 Architects ltd,
Studio 29 Architects ltd

View of bay window and new sofa

Studio 29 Architects ltd

We adore chaise longues, but with a long jutting section taking up so much living room space, we struggle to justify them, until now! Pushing the back of your chaise into a bay window alcove will minimise how much of the reclining section actually juts out into the room. Why didn't we thin of this before?

8. Stock up on storage.

Bay Window Storage Seater:  Dining room by Paul D'Amico Remodels,
Paul D'Amico Remodels

Bay Window Storage Seater

Paul D'Amico Remodels

That bay window alcove you have going spare is a goldmine of potential storage! Why not think about commissioning a carpenter to build you a custom set of built-in drawers, or if you are a DIY enthusiast, you could have a bash yourself! The top could be transformed into a handy extra seat too, or simply used as a window sill.

9. Get practical!

Have you ever noticed how annoying radiators can be? They always seem positioned on your walls where they will be right in the way, but if you move yours into your bay window alcoves, they will free up valuable wall space elsewhere. You can easily cover them up in an alcove as well, with a simple armchair!

10. Enjoy some light reading.

This might be our favourite idea! Use your bay window alcove as a cosy, private and self-contained reading nook and you will soon find that you blast through your must-read list that has been steadily getting longer! The natural light behind you will prevent too much eye strain and a handy coffee table will give you somewhere to stack your next reads!

For more window inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 32 window designs to make your house look fantastic.

Are you going to put your bay window alcoves to better use now?
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