These window seat ideas can help transform the space under your window in to a wonderful spot for relaxing, reading, stargazing or napping. Until recently window seats were only found in the occasional older home with extending dormers. However, as the trend has taken off many homeowners are finding creative ways to add a custom window seat design to get just the look they want.
In the picture above a spacious and cozy window bench placed on a bay window are with French casement windows offers a casual and relaxing space, great for small gatherings and lounging. The large windows no only provide natural light, but also a gorgeous view to match the warm neutral theme of the space. The built-in benches have loose seat cushions and variously sized pillows, as well as a couple of throws and knits for a more laid-back feel.
Window Seat Bench
Here are a few of the best reasons to add a window seat bench to your room:
Adds character to your room – A window seat can really add a lot of visual interest to a room. You can even accent it with your own personal touch with your favorite soft cushions or throw pillows.
Architectural design – Your window seat design can be matched with your home’s interior aesthetic. They can be constructed with the same materials as existing molding or cabinets to match existing architecture to create a cohesive design.
Extra seating – A window seat makes a great welcoming spot for visitors. It can be back-up seating if you’re entertaining for a lot of guests.
Reading nook – The window seat can become a cozy spot to curl up with a book and enjoy the natural light from the comfort of your home. You can enjoy the feeling of being outdoors and reading in total comfort. Many window seats are placed between built-in bookshelves to give easy access to your favorite reading materials.
Storage space – The cabinets under a window seat make a great spot for extra storage. Many benches has a hinged top that can stow blankets, linens, toys or accessories. A bench with drawers is another option that provides you with extra space for anything you want out of sight.
Enjoy the views – Many places are cold for a large portion of the year. With a window seat you can enjoy the outdoors a little more often which can raise the mood and overall well-being.
Easy to build – Using kitchen cabinets or even a portable bench one can create an attractive window seat. Top it with comfortable cushions and pillows and you’ve got a place the whole family can enjoy.
Kitchen breakfast nook – A bay window seat in the kitchen is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee. Just pull up a small table and you’ve got a spot to set your drink or morning pastry.
Spot for sleeping or napping – Large window seat benches can be arranged to become a bed to accommodate an overnight guest. It also can become your favorite spot in the house for an afternoon nap in the warm sunlight.
Custom Window Seat with Colorful Cushions
Going for a more boxy, masculine look, this window seat is comprised of a built-in bench with classic panel details, blue seat cushions and a variety of throw pillows in different shades of blue and gray. The half octagonal shape of the area provides a spacious center, enough to fit the large round solid Mahogany dining table at the center.
Built In Bench Seat with Storage
This wall-sized window seat area goes demonstrates space-saving techniques, as well excellent multi-purposing of spaces. This bench has built-in drawers for additional storage, and instead of using normal loose seat cushions, it instead uses two single bed mattresses to serve as the seat, which also makes it ideal for lounging, and as an extra sleeping area for two people.
Greeted right when you enter this home’s foyer is a bright sunroom with window seat bench. Natural light from the picture windows and an assortment of comfortable window seat cushions keeps this spot inviting for any guests.
There are different techniques in maximizing small, dead spaces such as this example. This corner area is small and narrow, but is quite deep enough to allow a built-in bench. The bench was fashioned to blend in with the interior detailing, so it also has a paneling detail in the same white finish as the walls. To match the gray wall paint, the loose seat cushions and pillows are in gray, with a variety of patterns and fabrics for added texture.
A very simple built-in window bench placed by a double casement window serves as a multi-purpose area. Placed beside built-in book shelves, the window seat becomes an ideal place for reading with its natural illumination. The bench also has 2 large drawers underneath for additional storage.
This area between the two doors and underneath a large casement window is considered a dead space, but is given more function by adding a built-in bench with a loose red seat cushion on level with the window sill. This window seat is an ideal reading lounge, or simply an additional sitting area.
This window seat is placed in the walk-in closet area, which makes it very useful, especially when you are fitting shoes. The built-in bench also maximizes the space by placing two large drawers underneath, providing extra storage to the closet.
This window seat spans the whole wall of the space, with large frame-less windows, making it an ideal public or commercial space, as it allows more space for seating. To complement the modern look of the building, the bench also gives a modern retro vibe with this dark upholstery combined with vertically-striped backrest cushions, adding a more fun element in the other wise plain space.
Custom Window Seat in Living Room
A great way to showcase the amazing ocean views in this living room space is by the addition of two custom window seats. Both benches are designed to provide maximum exposure to the views and are perfect for entertaining friends and family.
This corner sitting area definitely gives off a classic charm with its solid Mahogany windows and matching L-shaped built-in bench. The area has large windows, making the space look brighter. The L-shape of the area also allows space for a large wengue dining table and two movable armchairs for accent.
An easy way to create the feel of a window seat is to pull up this tufted Lark Manor Ambrine Bench. With a plush button tufted cushion top and traditional style wood legs this bench is attractive and sophisticated. The six leg bench gives it more stability and could be a beautiful addition under a living room, hall or bedroom window.
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This long bench window seat is tucked away in small room with a built-in bookshelf and small table. The ark wood floors compliment the bright woodwork and large window that lets in an abundance of natural light. Colorful pillows can be added to brighten things up and contrast against the light wood color of the window bench.
This corner window seat is unique in itself as it is made to stand out rather than blend in with the interior details. The bench keeps a natural pine finish which definitely stands out against the light gray walls of the interiors. It also does away with a seat cushion, and simply adds a variety of throw pillows for comfort. It also has two ways to access the storage inside the bench: from the front via the cabinet doors and from the top via the awning doors with stay-up hinges.
Window Seat with Storage
Many homes need every bit of storage they can find. With a window bench its possible to create cabinet storage for tucking away toys and linens.
This small kids room window seat offers two drawers underneath for storage of games and toys. Additional built-in storage shelves sit on either side of the window seat to create an efficient child’s playroom.
This built-in storage bench goes for a more vintage look, combining different colors and patterns, creating a sort of shabby chic feel. The loose seat cushions are upholstered in a violet floral fabric, while the throw pillows used are in gray and red, with heavy tapestry fabric and frills.
Window seat ideas don’t need to be complicated or difficult to add to your interior design. This inexpensive portable window seat with under cushion storage has a contemporary style that can match many different room styles. The bench has a solid wood construction with a flip top storage space. The bench is available in several colors such as gray, blue, print or ivory.
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The sloped ceiling of this attic space could be quite limiting, but this design manages to fit in a rather large L-shaped bench to serve as the seat for this small media room. The natural teak wood finish of the storage bench matches the wood finish of the windows, and is given a more refreshing look with the use of mint green loose seat and back cushions with turquoise patterns.
Bay Window Seat
This cozy bay seat bench is a built-in feature. The extra sitting corner is an ideal space for reading and casual lounging, although its seat height doesn’t make it an ideal seat substitute. Going for a cool, refreshing feel, the area is painted with a cool sage green color with matching mint green furniture pieces and warm white lighting. The yellow upholstery of the bay seat cushion complements the color scheme well.
A modern interior with large sliding windows with wood framing and a matching built-in seat makes an ideal area for lounging and viewing the landscape. Instead of putting a large seat cushion for added comfort, 4 pieces of zabuton (or Japanese seat cushions) were laid across the length of the window seat, making the space more flexible, so you can easily remove them and place them on the floors if you feel like using the bench as a display table, or simply want to highlight the wood finish of the bench.
Because this bay window area is quite deep, it was not only used as a window seat, but also adds a layer of display table right behind the bench, which also follows the shape of the bay window. The narrow display table serves as a low back rest so you don’t have to lean directly on the windows, as well as a surface where you can place decorations and other items.
Unlike the previous examples, this window seat is not built-in or fixed onto the walls, but is a loose piece of furniture, matching the other furniture pieces in the room. The L-shaped bench was placed on a room corner with two adjacent windows affording the space a gorgeous outdoor scenery. The L-shape bench has a charcoal gray finish with storage drawers and light gray loose seat cushion.
From this vantage point one can see how this window seat in located just off the kitchen area. With seating in the kitchen one can appreciate the beautiful outdoor landscape while still being able to eat and socialize with the cook.
Bedroom Bay Window Seat
This bay window seat in the bedroom provides a nice place to enjoy the views from the comfort of your room. With the addition of some cozy pillows this could become a relaxing spot or even be used for getting dressed or putting on shoes.
Going for a rustic / vintage look, this corner bay window seat keeps the weathered paint finish of the built-in bench to give it that authentic vintage feel. For added comfort, and a pop of color, red seat cushions were placed on the bench, with matching red pillows.
Window Seat in Dining Room
This dining room window seat is jam packed with tons of comfortable pillows and has a neutral color theme to match the rest of the rooms decor. With an open plan layout this window seat is a great place to relax with a book, but still be part what’s going on in the adjoined living area.
This L-shaped banquette/window seat is a great dining room idea, giving it a casual feel, while providing more seating space. This gorgeous dining area has white and light gray walls paired with large picture windows, making the space look very bright. The built-in L-shaped seat matches the wall paneling design and finish, and has added zabuton cushions for comfort. The plain look of the bench allows the use of a rustic finish dining table and an elegant pair of dining chairs.
This bay window are in this formal dining room seems to have anticipated the need of a bay window seat, therefore creating a built-in bench which blends with the moss green walls. For added comfort, a 4″ thick cushion with gold patterns was placed on the surface.
Another window seat on a dining room, this example blends with the wall panelings and has molding details and white paint finish. The long bench does not have a seat cushion, but it has a variety of colorful pillows for added comfort.
Cat Window Seat
We all know indoor house cats love to look outside, and what could be better for them than a cat window seat. This cat sized rattan cat bench has a top with comfortable pillows and a cozy inside cat bed. The cozy house has a pillow inside where cats can curl up and rest. The top also has a comfy washable pillow to give them a nice vantage point in the room or to the outside.
Dog Window Seat
This comfortable dog window seat is made of faux leather material with a microvelvet seat cushion. The dog couch is the perfect spot for your best friend to relax in comfort. The dog seat has legs to give it a little elevation off of the floor and there is even a storage pocket in the back for keeping toys or treats.
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DIY Window Seat
This is a great and easy DIY idea to maximize the space on bay windows. A thick slab of solid teak wood was placed on the bay window corner and is fixed with hairpin legs for a mid-century modern look. This also has a loose seat cushion with plain white upholstery to match the walls and has bright green and orange pillows to add a pop of color to the space.
Window Seat Dimensions
When creating window seats its important to provide the proper dimensions for comfort. Typically a seat should by between 16 to 20 inches high with around 18 to 22 inches in depth. The height off of the floor should be at least 17 inches with no more than 19 inches high, as a general rule of thumb.
This DIY window seat is integrated to match the built-in bookshelves and features beadboard siding and a simple wood bench.
This is a great idea of a multi-function window seat that easily blends in with the rest of the interior finishes and furniture pieces. This modern space have teak wood-framed windows, bringing in much natural illumination into the space. The window seats are not actually benches, but are low storage shelves in teak wood finish placed by the windows and fixed with a thin seat cushion. This can easily serve as additional seating space, or additional table surface once you remove the cushions.
How to Build a Window Seat
Bedroom Window Seat
This gorgeous bedroom has a mustard yellow and blue color scheme, creating a very elegant and refreshing look to the space. The window seat area is just opposite the queen size bed, and has a loose seat cushion which matches the yellow fabric used on the bed covers. The short blue curtains of the window also matches the other blue fabrics in the space, creating a very cohesive look.
This French-inspired bedroom space definitely exudes elegance, yet still manages to keep a fairly simple set of finishes to keep it looking clean and bright. The sitting area of the room has a built-in window bench with fixed white base and matching white seat cushion and throw pillows.
This nicely decorated master bedroom takes advantage of the window views with a long window seat bench. The white bench offers under seat storage that matches the fitted bookshelves and wardrobe in the corner of the room.
Window Seat with Drawers
Feel cool and relaxed with the simple color scheme of white, blue and natural teak in the gorgeous attic bedroom. The space is maximized by creating built-in storage pieces fitted even on odd corners of the room. The window seat with drawers has a built-in storage bench matching the other built-in storage spaces in the room, which stands out against the sky blue paint of the walls.
This modern bedroom space ads a little more spice to its look by using warm orange tones for accent. You will see that the room widely uses white as its major finish, but adds a touch of orange-toned elements like the teak wood trusses, the orange leather chairs and the faux fur throw. It also has a built-in bench with orange and yellow batik-upholstered seat cushion to add a little more texture and pattern in the design.
This bedroom with white window seat has different mismatched cushions in a variety of colors. The large windows of this room provide plenty of opportunities to take in the outdoors from the comfort of the bedroom. The red oak floors, colorful decor and natural light help keep this space bright and inviting.
Window seat ideas in the bedroom are useful for more than just relaxing, they can also be used for extra storage and even sitting to put on your shoes. This simple classic bedroom window seat is situated between gorgeous picture windows. Opposite the bed the window seat has a built in wall shelf, making the window seat an ideal reading nook. The bench has a fixed gray seat cushion and a couple of colorful throw pillows for added comfort.The room is detailed with paneling and molding, adding depth and dimension to the wall surfaces.
Kitchen Window Seat
Building a window seat in your kitchen is a creative way to add utilize your room’s floor plan to accommodate guests. A dining table with a bench can often be positioned under a window with great results. To find room for even more visitors you can try adding a kitchen island with bench seating or breakfast bar with bar stools.
This kitchen window seat is perfect for enjoying the view from the bay window. The all white theme of this kitchen with white cabinets, marble counters and window seat keep things bright and luxurious.
This beautiful open concept kitchen with window seat dining table provides plenty of room to enjoy the large windows with an abundance of natural light. Guests can dine at the corner window seat with round wood table or at the carrara marble breakfast bar island.
A country kitchen with window seat makes a great place to enjoy a meal. The rustic wood dining table can sit up to four people on chairs and squeeze in a few more sitting at the window seat bench. Colorful green and gold cushions brighten the space and help keep guests comfy.
This traditional white cabinet kitchen with window seat offers a place for visitors to relax while enjoying the views from the large picture window. Additional seating for two is available from the kitchen’s breakfast bar island.
Kitchens are often great for window seat ideas since they are a place where one can enjoy their meal while appreciating the outdoor surroundings. This kitchen’s window seat offers plenty of seating around a small wood table. Those who want to eat at the kitchen island breakfast bar can also do that from one of the two bar stools.
This rustic country style kitchen with window seat bench has plenty of room accommodate plenty of guests around the wooden table. The kitchen’s rustic style with exposed beams, distressed wood cabinetry and wood counter island provides an inviting and warm ambiance. Take a look at this gallery for more kitchen island seating ideas.