How to use windows in kitchen design

The window and the space around it are often a hidden reserve, through which you can transform the kitchen and even slightly increase its "useful area".

In this material, we collected 70 photo-examples and presented 5 cool ways how to cope with this task by 100%.

Option 1. Kitchen with sink at the window

The best way to use space under the window is to install a washer under the opening. After all, it's so nice to wash dishes in daylight with a view of the courtyard or the neighborhood. When building a private house, creating such a plan is practically nothing to prevent, but in a city apartment to realize the dream will have to try.

To transfer the sink to the window, it is necessary, first, to extend the water communications from the drain riser (it is desirable to install the pipes at an angle to prevent clogging), and secondly, to build in the sill the tabletop connected to the suite. The latter task is often complicated by the need to raise the window and agree it.

However, sometimes you can do without radical measures and simply build a set along the window, while strengthening its back wall and ... resigning to the restriction of the opening angle of the wings. As a result, between the floor stands and the window will be a niche, which can be adapted to store flower pots or kitchen trifles. Below in the photo you can see an example of a kitchen in Khrushchev with such design cunning.

  • Sink in the windowsill
  • Sink in the windowsill
  • Sink in the windowsill

Disadvantages of placing the sink under the window are also there, and they need to be taken into account when deciding on remaking the kitchen. So, for example, washing at a window obliges to wipe glasses from splashes more often and to reconcile that one leaf can not open completely because of the mixer standing in front of it. And in general, with the arrangement of the kitchen along the window, opening its doors becomes less convenient, because the standard depth of the pedestals is 60 cm, and if you add to this the number of windowsill depth, say 20 cm, you will have to stand on the stool to open / wash the window .

  • Another drawback of the arrangement of washing at the window may be its misting, which threatens the appearance of mold first on the slopes, and then on the walls. To avoid "flowering" of the kitchen, in the countertop it is necessary to provide a small ventilation grille for the circulation of warm air from the radiator to the panes. It is also desirable to treat slopes and walls with an antiseptic primer.

Advice:

  • By equipping the sink near the window, try to place the sink so that at least one sash of the window opens completely. If the possibility of opening windows for plowing is fundamentally important for you, then the crane should be placed closer to the edge of the opening as shown in the photo below or even almost in the corner.
Washing under the window in a small kitchen

Design corner kitchen with window above the sink

  • To prevent splashing of water from the window panes, give preference to a deep sink and a mixer with a medium or deep spout (18-25 cm) and preferably a retractable one, so that it is possible to pour water pointwise.
  • If you do not have a dishwasher, it is important to choose a sink with a draining board and install a storage cupboard as close to the sink as possible.
  • The place between the window and the sink can be decorated room colors or mini-kitchen with greenery. So plants will receive enough natural light, and you will be more convenient to water them.
  • If the distance from the window to the edge of the table top turns out to be too large, we advise you to equip the lower tables (and a sink, respectively) of a reduced depth - 50 cm.
  • Не забудьте, что мойку под окном тоже нужно осветить. Например, с помощью подвеса or настенных бра, установленных по бокам проема or в откосах.

Lighting sink

  • Занавески на окна с мойкой удобнее повесить те, что имеют механизм подъёма, т.е. римские or рулонные шторы либо жалюзи. Так вы сможете удобно закрывать и открывать обзор.
Kitchen with sink under the window

Roman curtains in the window above the sink

Kitchen with sink in the windowsill

Roller blinds in the window decoration above the sink

Blinds on the window above the sink

Blinds in the window above the sink

For the windows of the kitchen in the "rustic" style, the curtains-cafe are very suitable, since they can protect the glasses from splashes, slightly obscure the room, but at the same time leave the window open. Below in the photo slider there is an interior of the U-shaped kitchen with a window, decorated with curtains-cafe in the style of country.

  • Beige U-shaped kitchen
  • Beige U-shaped kitchen
  • Beige U-shaped kitchen
  • Beige U-shaped kitchen
  • Beige U-shaped kitchen

Apron of mosaic made of stone and glass

See also:

  • Choose a kitchen sink in 5 easy steps
  • How to choose a kitchen faucet

Option 2. Window-sill

The place under the window is excellent not only for washing, but also for equipping the preparation area of ​​products. Pros are still the same - nice natural light, a view from the window, space saving, and the ability to create additional storage. However, unlike the sill-sink, the sill-countertop is easier to organize, since it does not need to pull water communications.

Kitchen with window in Khrushchev

Angular kitchen with a window in a Khrushchev, converted into a studio

  • Window sill as a storage area for household appliances
  • Window sill as a storage area for household appliances
  • Window sill as a storage area for household appliances

Sill-top

Window in the working area of ​​the kitchen

Set U-shaped with a window in the middle

Kitchen design with a window in the middle

Advice:

  • Ideally, the product preparation area should be placed in the middle between the sink and the stove. If this is not possible, it is more convenient to place a sink, rather than a stove, closer to the sill-countertop.
  • Remember that in order to avoid fogging windows and the appearance of mold, in the countertop, you need to provide a small grate for the passage of air from the battery to the window.

See also: Everything about planning and arrangement of the windowsill-table in the kitchen

Option 3. Dining area at the window

If your kitchen is not a working area, but a dining room, then it's best to use the window for its decoration and lighting. After all, it's so nice to eat, looking out the window in the frame of beautiful curtains. In this case, you can attach a flip top to the window sill as in the following photo-example ...

  • Window sill with folding table top
  • Window sill with folding table top
  • Window sill with folding table top
  • Window sill with folding table top

… or просто поставить стол.

A table by the window in the kitchen

A table by the window in the kitchen

Particularly cool is the dining area with a bench lined up along the window. The bench will save space, because unlike chairs, it does not require a seat left behind and can have under the seat built-in storage boxes. The main thing is that the window and the room itself are well insulated and heated.

Dining area by the window

Dining area by the window

Dining area by the window

For a small kitchen and people with a mobile way of life at the window, you can arrange a bar counter.

  • Bar rack at the window
  • Bar rack at the window

Bar counter in a small kitchen

Window-bar counter

Advice:

  • Хорошо, если столешница стола и подоконника будут перекликаться по дизайну or вовсе совпадать как, например, в этой кухне с мраморным столом и подоконником.
  • Dining area by the window in the kitchen
  • Dining area by the window in the kitchen
  • Pay more attention to the design of the window. For a small kitchen costs choose roman blinds or шторы из двух полотен с легкой сборкой. Если кухня велика, то оформление окна может быть более парадным и торжественным.

Option 4. A place for rest, reading books and snacks

Если кухня очень просторная or в ней есть два окна (например, если это кухня-гостиная or кухня-прихожая), то одно окно можно отвести под зону отдыха, где приятно почитать книги, выпить кофе, поработать за компьютером. Для обустройства такого уютного местечка хорошо подойдет скамья вдоль окна со встроенными ящиками под сидением и симпатичными подушками.

  • Kitchen with a sofa under the windowKitchen with a sofa under the window in a one-room apartment-studio of the old house in St. Petersburg
  • Kitchen with a sofa under the windowKitchen with a sofa under the window in a one-room apartment-studio of the old house in St. Petersburg
  • Kitchen with a sofa under the windowKitchen with a sofa under the window in a one-room apartment-studio of the old house in St. Petersburg

Sofa under the window

Sofa under the window

Sofa under the window

Sofa under the window

Sofa under the window

Breakfast table by the window

Bench under the window with a radiator

Bench under the window with a radiator

Also it can be a coffee table and armchairs.

Armchair by the window

На этих фото представлена 15-метровая кухня, в которой у окна поместorсь столовая зона и кресло для занятий рукоделием.

  • Armchair by the window на кухне
  • Armchair by the window на кухне
  • Armchair by the window на кухне
  • Armchair by the window на кухне
  • Armchair by the window на кухне
  • Armchair by the window на кухне

Option 5. When the kitchen has two windows

Two windows in the kitchen provide twice as much design possibilities, light and coziness and this should be taken advantage of. So, for example, you can use in the interior design any shades, even very dark and cold. Depending on the location of the windows, you can use each one for no different purposes. For example, under one window to place a working zone, and under the second - a dining room.

Two windows in the kitchen

The interior of the kitchen with two windows, one of which is a bay window

Two windows in the kitchen-dining room

Two windows in the kitchen-dining room

Часто в кухнях, объединенных с гостиными, между окнами образовывается простенок, который отлично подходит для размещения барной стойки, острова or обеденного стола.

Bar counter in the kitchen-living room

Kitchen-living room with two windows and a balcony door

Two windows in the kitchen-гостиной

  • Two windows in the kitchen-гостинойKitchen-living room with two windows and a balcony door
  • Two windows in the kitchen-гостинойKitchen-living room with two windows and a balcony door
  • Kitchen-living room in stalinkaUnited kitchen-living room in an apartment in stalinka
  • Kitchen-living room in stalinkaUnited kitchen-living room in an apartment in stalinka
  • Kitchen-living room in stalinkaUnited kitchen-living room in an apartment in stalinka
  • Kitchen-living room in stalinkaUnited kitchen-living room in an apartment in stalinka

Также в этом простенке отлично встаёт холодильник, шкаф-пенал or блок со встроенной духовкой и микроволновкой.

Fridge in the partition between the windows

Fridge in the partition between the windows

Tip

  • The decoration of two windows of one kitchen does not have to be the same, but it must be coordinated. For example, you can decorate the window in the work area with Roman curtains, and in the dining area - a combination of the same Roman curtains and curtains.

Two windows in the combined kitchen-dining room

Also, it can be different curtains in style, but the same for the material and color.

Curtains in the interior of the kitchen-living room

Kitchen design with two windows, decorated with the same curtains

If two windows are next to each other, then it is better to arrange them the same way as shown in the photo below.

Two windows in the kitchen-dining room с диванчиком

See also: Как выбрать шторы для кухни с балконной дверью – 4 решения

And some more useful information

  • According to the rules of the Snip under the window in the kitchen, in no case should a slab be placed. Moreover, this solution is simply not practical, because every day to wash the fat from the glass and curtains is too difficult.
  • В большинстве случаев батарея под окном легко прячется в мебель. Главное при этом, предусмотреть в ее конструкции вентиляционные решетки для циркуляции теплого воздуха. Если же батарея под окном все-таки мешает, то вы можете перенести ее на смежную стену, поменять на радиатор меньшего размера or вовсе отказаться от нее в пользу системы теплых полов.
  • Помните, что окно должно быть выше уровня столешницы гарнитура or барной стойки примерно на 1,5-2 см or выше.
  • No matter how you use windows in the kitchen, try not to litter the sills with extraneous things, accessories and equipment (except, perhaps, a little coffee machines). It is best for its decoration suitable room flowers, decorative topiary, candlesticks, small piles of books, photo frames.

Window sill in the kitchen

  • Окно может стать главным украшением кухни. Для этого его нужно оформить красивыми шторами и/or отделать красивой рамой, например, цветной в тон гарнитура.

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