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Window Seat Ideas

A window seat can, of course, be easily incorporated into a new construction project.  But, even in an existing home, there are ways to create a window seat with just a little effort.  If you have a bump out window, it can be fairly easy.  However, there are other ways to accomplish the look.

I am going to show you several different window seat ideas for a variety of scenarios which should inspire your designing.

The first idea is the window seat that we put into our cabin during construction.  What is unique about this window seat is that it flips open at the top, with the use of a couple of piano hinges, for storage.  We use it to store firewood and also have an access door from the outside.  Our wood burner is just a couple short feet away from the window seat.

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The bump-out is just a simple rectangle that is two foot deep by eight foot long.   The box is about 20 inches tall with another 4 inches for the cushion.  So….the window bottom is also 24 inches from the floor.  See the tutorial on How To Make A Window Seat Cushion.

Here are some more window seat ideas:

bookshelf window seat

Bookshelf window seat by Apartment Therapy

If you don’t have a window bump out, you can always create your own nook with the use of built ins like these book shelves.  This library plan is pretty elaborate but you could also create a more simple design and still get a cozy window seat.

Here are some other ways that book shelves were used to create a window seat nook:

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photo via Fresh Home

window seat ideas

photo via Fresh Home

window seat ideas

photo via Style Estate

Here are some more rustic ideas:

rustic window seat

photo via Brooks and Falotico

I love the storage cubbies underneath for books and the timber framing outlining the nook.

Incorporating a table is a great idea for even more functional use.

Where would you like to incorporate a window seat?

Let me know your thoughts and ideas!

Happy Decorating!