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Bay window seat cost guide

Whenever you think of a bay window, most people’s minds are drawn to the possibility of a window seat within that space. A window seat is a dream space for many people. Whether it’s for extra storage or a spot to snuggle up with a cup of tea and a great book, there are loads of different options for you to consider. But how much does it cost to build a bay window seat?

How much does it cost to build a window seat?

Cost provided itemUnitRange - lowRange - highAverage cost
Bespoke window seatPer project£1,700£2,800£2,250
CarpenterPer hour£20£30£25

When considering how much it might cost to build a bay window seat, there are some important factors to keep in mind. Your bay window seat cost will depend on two main points: the labour cost and materials. Most carpenters charge on average £20-£30 an hour, so depending on the size and the style of the bay window seat you are after, you can roughly estimate how much your labour costs will be.

It is also important to consider the cost of materials. Will you be choosing a window seat made from a cheaper material, like MDF, or will you be investing in hardwood like oak? The materials you choose will greatly affect the overall cost to build a bay window seat, so it’s important to keep your budget in mind when planning. A large ornate design will also raise the cost of a bay window seat as opposed to a simpler, sleeker design that requires less time in labour and fewer materials.

As well as the cost of materials and labour, you also need to factor in the cost of your accessories, depending on the aesthetic you’re going for. After all, no window seat is complete without some comfortable cushions and a luxurious throw.

Overall, the cost of a bay window seat is likely to be in the region of £1,700 – £2,800 depending on the final design, size and material options you choose.

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Window seat styles cost of bay window seat

There are a variety of styles you can choose for a window seat, all with different benefits. It’s important to choose the style that works for you and your needs.

Shelf style

A shelf style window seat is great for kitchens or communal areas, as it effortlessly fits under any window space. A shelf style window seat offers plenty of hidden storage and you can even ask your tradesperson to add in vertical supports, which act as both storage dividers and maximise the stability.

Box style

A box style window seat is the perfect option for relaxing. It can be enclosed easily in any window space, either by using drywall or building a separate box compartment, which can also include hidden storage too.

Cabinetry style

A cabinetry style window seat is usually pre-made. You can fit this yourself if you have the relevant DIY skills. If not, contact a professional tradesperson to fit it for you and help you create a bespoke storage solution that fits compactly in your window area.


How long does it take to build a window seat?

Most window seats can be built within a day or two, depending on the size of the area.

Can I build a window seat myself?

Although in theory, it is possible, it’s much better to use a professional, such as your local Checkatrade tradesperson, as even a slight incorrect measurement can throw off the entire construction of your window seat.

Do I need a bay window to build a window seat?

Absolutely not! A window seat can fit anywhere you have wall space beneath a window. Ask your trusted Checkatrade professional for more advice.

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