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10 Practical Ways To Use Your ‘Useless’ Bay Window

March 29, 2018

It’s understandable why some homeowners love to hate bay windows. For anyone with small-room woes, these (unasked-for) features seem like a waste of precious square footage, but with a little creativity, they can be made useful.

If you ever find yourself ‘stuck’ with a bay window, these real-life examples will show you the best ways of putting it to good use across different rooms – whether as a cosy reading corner or a diaper changing table… wait, what?!

1. Make Your Bay Window A Reading Nook

Bay Window Practical Use Ideas

Architect: UPSTAIRS_

Indoor-loving bookworms will certainly want this nook for their homes. Nestled on all sides by open shelves, this reading corner has just the right combination of cosy comfort and wonderful convenience going for it.

2. A Great Spot For … Changing Diapers?

Bay Window Practical Use Ideas

Interior Designer: Space Define Interior

Any hands-on parent can tell you how hard it is to get a new set of diapers on a squirmy baby; and unless you relish in the challenge, doing it on an uneven surface is going to be miserable (not to mention straight up icky).

If you have a bay window in your nursery room, consider converting it into a diaper changing platform like the one above. Extend the platform, have drawers built in to store baby supplies, and you will be ready to tackle any mess.

3. Get Onboard With These Window (Dining) Seats

Bay Window Practical Use Ideas

Architect EHKA Studio

Built outwards from the edges of the bay window structure in this dining area designed by EHKA Studio, they present a seamless way to integrate a bay window into its surroundings.

Here, wood layers make for a smooth visual transition from the seats to the raised platform, and then to angular shelves running along an adjoining wall. The end result: a dining space that looks just as good as it functions.

4. Make Your Walk-In Wardrobe A Relaxation Corner

Bay Window Practical Use Ideas

Interior Designer: The Orange Cube

Comfortable seating is always a good thing to have in any room - even in a walk-in wardrobe! This well-furbished dressing room stands out with its full range of built-ins that include a see-through wardrobe, an island storage unit, and a pair of cosy window seats that make for a tiny, but cosy relaxation corner.

5. Expand Your Pantry's Storage Capacity

Bay Window Practical Use Ideas
Bay Window Practical Use Ideas

Interior Designer: Authors. Interiors & Styling

Need a little bubbly after a long, hard day at work? This convenient home pantry and relaxation spot comes complete with neatly-recessed wine racks and long window seats for a quiet, leisurely evening. Plus, even if you don't drink, the storage is still useful to have.

6. No TV Console? Use Your Bay Window

Bay Window Practical Use Ideas

Interior Designer: Versaform

This compact two-room apartment shows what it means to put (limited) square footage to good use with a simple, but novel layout that transforms the area around a bay window into a TV room.

It helps that this furniture arrangement is effortless to achieve too. Just place your gogglebox where you would usually sit at a bay window, get a comfy sofa, and watch away.

7. Make Your Bay Window Work For You

Bay Window Practical Use Ideas

Interior Designer: Fuse Concept

The best ideas are usually the simplest ones; if it works, it works. In this minimalist, white-washed study, a bay window is used to display a wedding portrait and a bulky 3D printer, which leaves more than enough desk and floor space for computers, office supplies, and an uncluttered look.

8. With A Bay Window, All The Home’s A Stage

Bay Window Practical Use Ideas

Interior Designer: Fuse Concept

This relaxing guest room with a cool green-blue accent wall becomes a rehearsal space whenever friends come over to visit, according to first-time owners Cherriann and Maurice who worked with Fuse Concept to design their new home.

Resembling a traditional stage floor, the raised platform features a classic dark wood surface, along with quadruples pull-out drawers at its base.

9. A High Rise Bathroom With A View

Bay Window Practical Use Ideas

Interior Designer: Hall Interiors

Bathrooms aren’t usually spaces where you would expect to have a bay window. However, in this hotel-like shower room, the curving window seat helps to accentuate the unique profile of the surroundings. On top of that, the near-to-counter height of the structure also makes it useful for keeping assorted bath accessories in easy reach.

10. An All-In-One Home Feature

Bay Window Practical Use Ideas

Interior Designer: Boewe Design

If your room aesthetic is ‘form and functionality’, you need to see this bedroom’s design. Efficient use of space is achieved here with an all-in-one bay window that is seamlessly joined to a suspended desk and a bed for one.

The bedhead also provides a convenient means of storage with its recessed bookcase. Just reach to the side, and deposit your bedtime novel when you are ready some shut-eye.

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