Bay Window Room Ideas

Bay Window Room Ideas  

Bay windows add space and natural light, but some Columbus homeowners aren't sure what to do with these windows, which have a larger footprint than double-hung windows. Whether you're renovating to add a bay window to your home or need suggestions of how to furnish a bay window that's already in your home, we're here to help. Get inspired by these bay window room ideas that add fun and function to your Columbus home.

Reading Nook

A bright and airy living room with a bay window seat and wooden floor. 

This is the simplest way to handle a bay window, and it's even suitable for renters. Add a seat cushion to turn a bay window into a reading nook. Look for a rectangular seat cushion, then use throw pillows to cover the corner edges of a canted bay window, or get a cushion that matches the exact dimensions of a box bay.

This is a sweet way to use a bay window that's in a child's bedroom or a nice way to handle that hallway bay window on your home's second floor.

Extra Seating and Storage

Beautiful bay window with bench and storage
If you've got a small home or entertain frequently, then the best use of your bay window may be for extra seating and storage. Since the dimensions are tricky, your best bet here is to hire a contractor to develop custom built-in storage on the inside that's topped with a bench seat. Add a few throw pillow and you've got a tidy nook that's there whenever you need it for seating.

Pet Bed

Orange cat in a bay window
Do you have a pet that loves to perch and look out the window? If so, you might consider turning your bay window into a pet nook. Place a cushy pet bed in the bay window's negative space, or cover the interior of the bay window with a cushion. Stash your pet's favorite toys in a basket and you've done your work.

Home Office


If your bay window is in that spare bedroom you don't really use, a home office could be a smart use of the space. If you are self-employed and work from home, this project could be a tax write-off. Look for a desk that fits inside the bay window's negative space or go for a custom built-in desk and storage solution.


Kitchen Garden

Looking through the bay window toward the back yard

What better use of a bay window in the kitchen than as a kitchen garden? Place a drip tray on the sill of the window, then add plants. Herbs are a smart idea, as you can clip what you need when cooking. Come spring, you can use the kitchen garden ledge as a place to start seeds. For more storage space, have shelves put in.

Dining Nook

A kitchen bay window makes an attractive area for a dining nook. Let the shape of your bay window -- canted, box, or bow -- define how you treat the interior. Match the curve of a bow window with a round table or a built-in banquette, for instance, or add a custom bench seat on the inside of a box bay window.

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