Isn't it true that there is no greater pleasure than sitting comfortably by the window on a sunny morning to read, count clouds or close your eyes and think about nothing? Today we want to dedicate the post to one of the most common whims of those who have a house with a large window: the benches under the window.
In reality, in most cases it is not just a piece of auxiliary furniture that can be bought in a store, but it is usually made to measure, either on site or with carpentry.
They are the most common and are usually made of work at the same time that a reform is done at home. In these cases, a brick or plasterboard structure is created in the lower area, covered with the wall finish (usually paint) so that the bench is perfectly integrated into the environment, as if it were part of the construction.
They have the advantage of their mimicry with the rest of the building, although in exchange they lose the opportunity to take advantage of the space underneath for storage.
They are also made of masonry, but include holes underneath for storage, so the aesthetics change a little (they are still integrated into the construction but are perceived as a different element). The most common is that the holes are filled with the same baskets in which to store various items.
This type of benches under the window are usually almost all carpentry, and incorporate large drawers as drawers to store cushions, blankets or other things you do not want to have in sight. They can even serve as a shoe rack.
Like the previous ones, these benches incorporate storage modules made to measure by cabinetmakers for their interior use. However, instead of drawers, they incorporate cupboards with hinged doors, which lowers the budget but in exchange for greater discomfort, since it will be necessary to bend down more to access the interior. For this reason they tend to be less common.
Finally, within the carpentry benches we find this typology that resembles the work benches with the difference that its structure or front is made of wood or lacquered MDF and not in plaster or painted brick.
They are not very common because storage space is lost underneath, but sometimes they are used to "cover" a bench that does not want to be simply painted.
There are also other options such as cantilevered benches, which have no lower structure, leaving the entire space underneath free. As they have to support weight, they usually have some kind of support underneath, either of the square type or with a metallic structure from wall to wall.
When determining the type of bench we are going to put, the window and the space left to the side walls will influence its configuration. Thus, the most common is to find benches that are raised in the space left by the two side walls to the window.
However, when the gap between the window and the side wall is spacious enough, a very common resource is to fill it with shelves that can be accessed from the side, so that they complement the bench itself, creating a reading space worthy of the most inveterate reader.
There is no doubt that whatever they are, the benches under the window are usually the favorite corner of the house for everyone who lives there. A small luxury from which to relax when we get home, aren't they a real beauty? :)