A classic feature that never goes out of style, the humble window seat is easier to create in your own home than you might think. You just need to know where to look.
The great thing about window seats is that they work so well with an array of interior styles including cottage, contemporary, Scandi and minimalist just to name a few. So, you won’t have to worry about changing your whole rooms scheme when you add one.
Plus, on the practical side they’re a space saving seating and storage solution perfect for smaller spaces and making the most of ‘dead space’. Depending on the size of your window you can typically add between two or six extra seats to a room.
If you’re considering installing a charming window seat in your home, here are seven of the best spots to consider for your cosy nook addition.
1. Relax and recline in the living room.
As the room we spend most of our relaxation and leisure time at home in, it's easy to see why the living room is one of the most popular choices of location for a window seat. With the addition of a window seat to your living space say hello to more entertaining at home and afternoons lounging on the sunny window sill over a good novel.
For those without a bay-window, a savvy way to utilise space and maximise storage in a living room is to create your own window seat niche by adding built-in cabinets either side of the window. Display nicknacks and stow books, blankets, extra cushions and DVDs in your new storage units. For bonus points use your window seat to cleverly conceal an unsightly heater or cooling unit as pictured below.
Consider having a timber bi-fold window installed (as below) to further enhance the indoor-outdoor feel of your fabulous window seat and allow the refreshing breeze to flow through your living room.
2. Extra special kitchen seating.
Up the French bistro chicness of your kitchen with the addition of a cafe style eat-in window booth. Don't forget to include extra cushions for better comfort and back support while dining. This is a great kitchen feature for pouring over recipe books, helping kids with homework, meal planning for the week and especially if you like to socialise with guests while you cook.
3. Enhance a spectacular view.
Whether it’s overlooking a pretty garden, ocean waves crashing on the shore or the rolling countryside, a well-placed window seat can work wonders to encourage you to admire and frame an attractive view. This cosy and incredibly plush looking window seat is just beckoning you to take time out for a sit with a glass of wine while admiring the tranquil harbour views.
4. Highlight feature windows.
A window seat is the ideal way to showcase beautiful windows in your home. Make your stunning stained glass, leadlight, bay or bi-fold windows the focal point of your room by dressing them up with a welcoming window seat that catches the eye.
5. A handy surprise in a walk-in robe.
If you have the luxury of a walk-in robe with windows, you have the perfect opportunity to add in a handy window seat. On the functionality side you won't have to leave your wardrobe to make sure your shoes match your outfit, as you can perch comfortably on your window seat to try on as many pairs as you like.
Best of all it doesn't eat up too much precious closet space and you can even add extra storage drawers or baskets into the cavity underneath the bench. The perfect solution for keeping shoes, bags and accessories organised.
6. Study reading bench.
A simple fix for a dull study wall and unexciting window is to introduce an under window bench. Load up a bench seat or day bed with plush cushions for a more inviting look. Presto, you have a comfy well-lit out of the way spot to peruse the Sunday paper, finish off your uni readings or even take a sneaky siesta after a morning hard at work.
7. A rowdy rumpus room.
A window seat can be the a great addition for a rumpus room or teenage retreat that is lacking character and seating room. The bench seat will provide ideal extra seating for the kids to sit and read quietly, have their friends over for a film night, sleepovers, watching a sports match or to wait their turn during a table tennis tournament, a video game contest or game of pool.
We hope these stunning window seats have inspired you to add one (or maybe all seven!) charming bench seats into your house. For more interior design ideas take a look at creative places to display art at home, 10 reasons to love wallpaper and how to make the most of your living room space.
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