15 Winning Window Seat Ideas For Every Room

Window seat with white drawers and multiple patterned pillows and cushion

The Spruce / Christopher Lee Foto

Make any room in your abode instantly more inviting with a window seat. It is a great way to create a new place to plop down while taking advantage of a gorgeous view or natural light. And here is the thing—most types have drawers or hidden compartments underneath, making them a practical solution for rooms that need a little extra storage space. From coffee klatsches to cozy spots for reading, behold our favorite window seat ideas for your inspiration.

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    IKEA Hack Window Seat

    IKEA window seat hack
    Frugal Family Times

    We cannot resist a good IKEA hack like this DIY by the bloggers behind Frugal Family Times. The cozy window seat shown here is a clever built-in made out of two small Malm drawer units. Each one is firmly bolted to the wall for enhanced stability. The shelving in between each unit and a solid MDF topper adds both strength and function. It is essential to know that this window seat was constructed for a child. Additional reinforcements may be needed to accommodate an adult's weight.

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    Cloud-Like Window Seat

    window seat with fluffy pillows
    Kerri Rosenthal Interiors

    It's easy to feel like you are floating on a cloud when sitting in this window seat created by Kerri Rosenthal Interiors. The cozy built-in seat with drawer storage is topped off with plump and super soft faux fur pillows in white. Two shibori style accent pillows add a pop of blue color.

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    Attic Home Office With a Lovely Window Seat

    window bench in attic office
    Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

    If you are looking to add more living space to your home, consider cleaning out your attic. It is precisely what Jessica Helgerson Interior Design did when a client needed more room for a home office. To make the new space more inviting, the design team transformed the nook in front of the window into a day bed with a view. The collection of potted trees and plants on the right adds to the room's calming feel.

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    Irresistible Reading Nook

    small window seat in bedroom
    Emerald Hill Interiors

    Create a book nook suited for a party of one as shown in this room by Emerald Hill Interiors. The deep but narrow dormer window provides just enough space for one adult to cozy up with a favorite read. The black bench styled cushion is comfy memory foam. Also note the heating vent underneath, as it keeps the seat occupant warm and toasty during the chilly winter months. Keeping things illuminated at night are the two sconces above. The one must-have accessory for a window seat like this one is a small throw, like the cashmere one shown here.

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    Bedroom Storage Window Seat

    lovely twin sized window bench in bedroom
    Jennifer Worts

    This small beach-inspired bedroom by interior designer Jennifer Worts does not have a dresser. Why? Outfitting each of the three windows in the room are built-in seats with drawer storage. Topping off each place to sit is a gray cushion that coordinates beautifully with a blue striped roman shade. 

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    Neutral Living Room With Matching Window Seat

    mini window bench in rustic living room
    Blackband Design

    Make extra room for family and friends in your living room with a window seat like this one by Blackband Design. There are actually two, both flanking the fireplace. What we love best about this idea is that the window seats match the walls and pale neutral furniture, so they create more room to sit without adding visual clutter.

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    Playroom Window Seat Idea

    window benches in pristine basement
    Liz Carroll Interiors

    There is no need to fight for the best seat in this basement playroom by Liz Carroll Interiors. Each window features a cozy bunk style window seat for reading and napping. The drawer storage underneaths provide space to stash toys and books. Brass porthole mirrors and ocean waves inspired wallpaper makes the large room feel like a cabin on a ship.

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    Traditional Living Room Window Seat

    window bench in a traditional white living room
    Bria Hammel Interiors

    A bench window seat is paired with built-in bookshelves in this living room by Bria Hammel Interiors. Metal grille fronts on the drawers underneath the seat add visual interest to the traditional space. The two small wall scones with linen shades were included to add light whenever needed. No window seat is complete in our book without decorative pillows, and here one them matches the roman shade for a uniform appearance.

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    A Cozy Cafe Corner

    Cafe-like corner in apartment kitchen

    If you fantasize about sipping espresso each morning in a window at a corner bistro behold this ingenious twist on the window seat by Tiffany, the DIYer behind the Tifforelie. All it took was an inexpensive wood shelf and two metal stools to transform a small section of her living room into a breakfast nook with a view.

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    Small Sofa-Like Window Seat

    built-in window bench in tween bedroom
    Studio DB

    While this window in a child's bedroom does not have a great view, it makes the most of natural light with a small place to sit. The team at Studio DB custom built the entire storage, desk, and window seat unit to suit a tween. Bolster pillows make the window seat feel more like a mini sofa or love seat.

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    Home Gym Window Seat

    window bench in home gym
    Blackband Design

    When designing this home gym, the team at Blackband Design wanted to keep the floor space free and clear for things like jumping rope and other activities. Built-in window seating with cubby storage made the most of every square inch.

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    Bathroom Window Seat

    master bathroom with window bench
    Taylor Anne Interiors

    A window seat can work in any room in your home, including the bathroom. Here a cozy nook was carved out under a vaulted ceiling by Taylor Anne Interiors.  Underneath is handy storage for bathroom essentials like toilet paper and clean towels. A thick mattress-like bench cushion makes the seat super inviting and convenient for activities like leg shaving or waxing.

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    Romantic Window Seat

    pink tufted window bench
    Brooke Crew Interiors

    You can get pretty fancy with a window seat—case in point, this pink velvet example punctuated by a tufted headboard. This girly confection is by Brooke Crew Interiors. Adding to the nook's boudoir-like vibe is the contrasting floral wallpaper in Robin's egg blue.

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    Nursery Window Seat

    pink and blue window bench in nursey
    Elizabeth Brooke Design

    The nursery just may be the ideal place for a cheerful window seat. In this exampleElizabeth Brooke Design combined colorful fabrics with vibrant patterns to create a place perfect for daydreaming or nursing. The storage drawers below create ample room for diapers and other nursery essentials.

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    Cozy Seat for a Coffee Klatsch

    window bench nook in Santa Monica home

    Jenn Feldman Designs

    A sizable window nook makes the perfect space for a coffee klatsch window seat in a home remodeled by Jenn Feldman Designs. The bench seating makes room for at least three adults. The cornice molding adds a little pizzazz that is in step with the home's traditional decor. The aquamarine trellis wallpaper adds to the charm of the window seat.