Built-in Window Seat: Transform Your Home with a Practical Nook

I think it’s safe to say that most of us enjoy unique features in a home, like a real stone fireplace, a custom pantry, or a built-in window seat. Today I’m featuring a variety of built-in nooks beneath a window that create cozy reading spots or spaces to simply day dream. Take a look and see if you have a favorite.

This first example is expertly done with painted vertical paneling and drawers underneath for storage. A classic plaid cushion lends a bit of an English air to this little getaway with a wall light for reading. The paint color is Moody Blue by Sherwin Williams.

cozy built-in window seat


Not all window seats are large. This homeowner made great use of space next to a built-in tower cabinet by adding shelves and a seat around the window. A small striped seat pad is paired with a dusty blue pillow.

small window seat with striped cushionPhoto by Cynthia Childs, Architect


Instead of one long seat, a custom cabinet is positioned between two short cubbies for sitting. If this were in my house, my cats would assume those cute cushions are specifically for them. I’m sure a family dog would feel the same way.

double window seatPhoto by T.S. Adams Studio, Architects


An arch creates a unique touch for this cozy place for reading or dreaming. There’s even a chandelier tucked in the right corner.

arched cubby seatPhoto by Period Architecture Ltd.


A mix of warm wood and painted cabinetry looks rich and beautiful. The seat space is a great place for dropping off bags until you head back out the door. 

mud room with custom cabinetryPhoto by Amethyst Home


An elegant living room enjoys a cozy window seat to take advantage of the views from the surrounding windows. 

elegant and cozy living roomPhoto by Molly McGinness Interior Design


I love this next built-in window seat along an expansive bank of windows. It’s a deeper seat, allowing for a mattress-style cushion to be incorporated for napping. 

neutral style hallway with built-in window seatPhoto by Cushman Design Group


A beautiful blue and white bedroom enjoys a waterfront view from the built-in seating. Open the windows and enjoy the sea breezes. The pretty wall color is Breath of Fresh Air by Benjamin Moore.

blue and white bedroom with waterfront viewPhoto by Polhemus Savery DaSilva


Let’s end with this beautiful and colorful bedroom with a cozy nook beneath a trio of beams and windows. The printed shades and blue and orange pillows lead your eye to this appealing space. 

blue and orange bedroomPhoto by peter c quinn architect


Do you have a favorite from today’s collection of built-in window seats?


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  1. I would love to sit in that blue and white bedroom on the window seat and look out at the ocean. My own house has a window seat that looks out into my garden.

  2. Every home that we have lived in I always dreamed of putting in a window seat. Lo and behold, when we were looking for a home for downsizing, one home we looked at had a window seat in the guest room. I KNEW it was the home for us! And it is. 🙂

    Isn’t that water view window seat divine!!! The view ain’t so bad either. haha

  3. They are all lovely but I especially love the built-in shelves next to the tower with the blue pillow. Gives me an idea which is why I love your site. Thanks for the inspiration.