Window seats have been around since the 18th century and have allowed ladies and gentlemen to sit and admire the view from their windows, letting them take advantage of the natural light to improve their mood, read or do crafts when lighting was limited.
A window seat is traditionally situated in an alcove or nook in line with the window. It seats one or two people depending on the size of the window and is the same height as a chair. It has vertical ends which are padded along with the seating area, as below.
Image of a Victorian Window Seat from Sofa Classics
Over the years the window seat design has progressed from a free standing unit to being built in. Some window seats conceal a storage unit beneath the padded seat, accessed by either lifting the seat pad or opening doors on the front of the cupboard.
However, people’s moods and responses to the lack of light have changed little over the years, but undoubtedly now there is more knowledge on the effects that it has on our minds and bodies.
79% of our recent poll stated that a reduction in daylight over the winter months affects people’s moods and well-being; the results also showed that it affects people’s sleep patterns, diet and social life.
When the weather is cold and you don’t feel like going outside there is no better way to enjoy the sun than from a window seat or a cosy settee in your conservatory.
An Anglian window
During this time of the year when sunlight is at a premium, for us and many other people there is something comforting about being able to sit on a window seat and soak up the sun. With the sun on our faces it feels as if we are recharging our batteries, changing our mood and giving us a more positive outlook on life.
Do you have a window seat that you use regularly? What do you do, read, contemplate the day or admire the view from your home? We would love you to share the picture of your window seat.