Window Seat 101: Inspirations + Styling Guide

I love a window seat tucked in to a cozy nook. Piled with a thick cushion, a few pillows, and a beautiful throw it creates a welcoming warmth and instant character. A window seat is not only pretty, but is also useful in creating extra seating, adding storage space, and making small awkward spaces look intentional. Today, we are sharing a few tips, ideas, and inspirations for getting the window seat look in your home no matter your style, layout, or even without the window.

How to Incorporate a Window Seat 

Front Entry Bench

PC: Tessa Neustadt

Hammer Design Inc

Barbara Bottinelli via Traditional Home

Bria Hammel Interiors

Create a Relaxing Nook

Pencil and Paper Co

Amber Interiors

Arent & Pyke

Banquette Seating for the Dining Nook

Becki Owens and Nicole Davis

Lacey Chaus

Jennifer Robin Interiors PC: Alyssa Rosenheck

black, white and brass kitchen makeover

Becki Owens Ledgewood Project


Best Dimensions for your Window Seat

A built-in seat can fit in almost any little spot, but you do want to make sure you keep it at the right height and depth for comfortable seating. This article from This Old House is a great resource for specific dimensions and tips for those who want to DIY the project.

Carly Waters Style PC: Amy Bartlam for Rue Magazine

Benefits of Window Seats

Makes Empty or Awkward Spaces Look Intentional

Consider adding a window seat to your stair landing, a small attic space, along the wall in your playroom, in a neglected corner, or in the unused space under or to the side of your stairs.

Jennifer Worts Design

Serena and Lily

Becki Owens and Nicole Davis

Stylist Shanon Fricke via SF Girl by Bay

Wendy Haworth

Adds Storage to Small Spaces

Add storage in your home by building cupboards into your bench design, or keep it open and add baskets that can slide underneath your shelf seat.

Megan Bachmann

Regan Baker Design

Adds Character

Old house have tons of character, but can also have small, choppy spaces. Turning one of these spaces into a cozy reading nook with a built-in keeps the old-house character functional. In a new build, a window seat creates the character that can be lacking in modern homes.

Navy Interior Design

House Updated

Takes Advantage of a Killer View

Find the window in your home with the prettiest view and build a window seat. This creates a convenient place to escape to when you need a moment to relax and regroup.

Michael Rex Architects

Styling your Window Seat

An eclectic mix of pillows and a cozy throw makes your window seat an inviting nook and a beautiful focal point in the room. Find textiles that you love but make sure they are also comfortable. And have a little fun, maybe throw in a fur rug or something unexpected. These are the details that will make it a special space in your home.

Alexander Design via Vogue

Brittany Makes

Window Seat 101 Becki Owens

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