Window Seat Design Ideas for the Home

A window seat adds so much charm to a room – beckoning you to enjoy a bit of relaxation in a cozy spot. Some are large enough for napping, others invite you to curl up with a good book for an hour or two. Here’s a variety for you to enjoy – you might find you have a favorite!

Large farmhouse windows with dark blue window seat belowPhoto by WYNTER HOUSE DESIGNS | Whitney Jones

The seat above is brightly painted with colorful pillows to match. The addition of drawers creates an ideal spot for extra storage in the home. Mom can sit here with a magazine and watch her kids playing outside in the backyard.

A beautifully arched window is a crowning statement in this cozy alcove that affords the convenience of a built-in bookcase. You can’t help but feel a little glamorous lounging under this grand window.

Elegant Archway with Reading Nook on Stair LandingPhoto by Oak Hill Architects


Rich, wood trim creates a cozy nook that feels like a big old hug while relaxing on the window seat. You could just sit here and daydream while gazing outside at the trees and watching the birds. Leave a window slightly ajar to enjoy the fresh scent of nature to enhance the experience. This little nook is so inviting.

Wood trimmed windows with built-in cubby seatPhoto by Wade Weissmann Architecture


An all-white alcove is flanked by a pair of bookcases and overhead reading lights. Drawers underneath the seat provide a space for extra pillows and blankets. Lighter colors create a fresh decor.

Cozy Window Nook with Pillows for ReadingPhoto by Raina Henderson Interior Design, LLC


A built-in window seat always looks good in a bedroom and this one enjoys a vaulted ceiling and colorful pillows in fun patterns.

Window Seat in an English Country BedroomPhoto by peter c quinn architect


Even the family dog has a hard time resisting the urge to enjoy a built-in seat. It’s a convenient spot for humans to put on their shoes (or take them off) in the mud room.

Farmhouse Mudroom with Pet DogPhoto by RIVERSIDE HOMES


This particular seat is deeper than most for extra comfort with a thicker mattress pad on top. I like smaller rooms for sleeping so this little nook is right up my alley for catching nightly zzzz’s. 

Contemporary window seat under the eavesPhoto by Cynthia Lynn Photography


A beach style seating nook enjoys a great view of a palm tree outside, with a wooden surfboard as decoration indoors.

Craftsman style window seat and reading nookPhoto by Walker Warner Architects


A smaller window seat creates a place to sit and put on your pants or shoes if your flexibility makes it difficult to bend over. Narrow drawers underneath are a great place to keep your socks or slippers.

Serene, pale blue master bedroom with bump-out windowPhoto by Francesca Owings Interior Design


Are you a fan of window seats? I think they add wonderful architectural detail to a home!


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  1. Love them! We have a window seat in our guest bedroom. Probably one of the main reasons that we bought this house. A window seat had always been one of my heart’s desires. The Lord always gives us what we need and more than we realize, what we don’t need but desire. He’s so sweet llike that.

  2. This has me thinking of what I can do in our bedroom and our office area. Creating the alcove for seating and bookcases…hmmmm..great idea! Love the wood surrounding that warm spot with plants. The kids room nook is too cute!

  3. Yes window seats are something I have always wanted, I wish I had a small upstairs room with one, thanks now I will be dreaming all day, lol!!