26 Window Seats for Watching the World Go By

Window Seats

Maybe it's the warming rays of the sun. Or the view to the outside world from a sheltered and comfortable spot. Or maybe it's a combination of all. Whatever it is, there's something about window seats that makes them so idyllic. Just looking at these cozy, sunny spots makes you want to grab a book, curl up and watch as the world passes you by. Talk about relaxing!

This list of 26 window seats offers something for everyone -- the classically minded through to the severe modernists. Check it out, and let us know which was your favourite window seat. We're putting our money on #13:

1. Classic Window Seat


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This classic window seat in a bay window is warm and inviting. Its classic style will never go out of date.

2. Moroccan Window Seat


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Dappled shade through these Moroccan screens is the perfect place to rest, even during the heat of the day. Pull over the curtains if you feel like a bit more privacy (or an afternoon nap).

3. Rustic Window Seat


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Raw chunks of timber give this window seat a distinctly rustic feel. The book shelf below and behind is a nice touch for the bookworms.

4. Casual Window Seat


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This simple and casual window seat is begging for a relaxing weekend read-fest. Don't let it down.

5. Atmospheric Window Seat


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Wall sconces and a contemplative blue gives a sense of sophistication and atmosphere ti this cozy window seat.

6. Romantic Window Seat


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Perfect for a master bedroom, this shabby chic window seat is a romantic at heart. There's even space for couply photos and love-heart ornaments.

7. Dining Window Seat


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The dining room or breakfast nook is a great place for a window seat -- especially a generous wrap around one like this. Bright colours contrasting with the raw dining table and transparent 'ghost' chairs completes the look.

8. Corner Window Seat


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For a corner that might otherwise be disused or collect dust, a nice window seat will lift the mood.

9. Window Seat/Desk Combo


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When you can't decide whether you want a desk or a window seat, you can have both. The teal and stained timber work particularly well for a modern feel.

10. Window Seat With a View


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The view says it all, really.

11. Luxurious Window Seat


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This window seat is extra deep for added luxury. The tea set is a nice touch. High tea for one, anyone?

12. Kitchen Window Seat


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This country-style window seat is tucked conveniently into the kitchen. For prep-time conversations or a comfy spot for your favourite little one to hang out while you're making dinner.

13. Window Seat With a (Better) View


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Um. Yes please.

14. Funky Window Seat


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Plenty of space for design magazines and vintage records. This window seat has attitude.

15. Stair Window Seat


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Perfectly tucked into the bend in the stairs, this little spot is perfect if you need a rest mid climb, or for waiting (im)patiently for your wife to get ready.

16. Window Bench


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More like a window ledge than a seat, this crafty little shelf hides some books and the radiator. Makes me want to put a lambswool rug and plush cushion on all my surfaces. Anywhere can be a comfy window seat.

17. Curved Window Seat


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You've heard of a conversation pit. This is more like a conversation conservatory. Looks like a pretty nice place to hang out.

18. Window Nook


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For a morning OJ and muffin, this is the perfect breakfast nook. Bathed in light and lifted further by the fun yellow fabric, this would make Monday mornings bearable (just).

19. Window Daybed


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More like a daybed than a window seat, this comfy spot comes complete with a TV in the wall.

20. Window Box Seat


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For the modernists among us, this window box has clean lines and a modern form. Nothing is getting between you, the sun and some much needed relaxation in this house.

21. Scandinavian Window Seat


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When you're snowed in for the winter, don't panic. Light a warming fire, grab a great book, and snuggle up on this sleek window seat.

22. Modern Window Seat


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Another example of the wonders that can be achieved with a bench, an animal fur and a cushion. Fresh flowers optional.

23. Contemporary Window Seat


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The neutral palette, wall sconce and stack of books makes this window seat the perfect spot for relaxation.

24. Fun Window Seat


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Fun colours, exposed timber and retro furniture give this window seat a fun, playful feel. Looks like some pretty special views over the water to boot.

25. Bathroom Window Seat


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Even the bathroom can benefit from a window seat. This one continues into the shower, creating the perfect spot to sit down and relax in the morning.

26. Floating Window Seat


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This window seat looks like it's floating. It really brings the outdoors in, creating a light, bright, modern space.

Want a Window Seat to Call Your Own?

Want one of your own now? Well, some of these examples could totally be a DIY project. Be sure to send us pics if you pull it off! 

Or, better yet, let our handymen know you'd like a new incredible window seat and have them do all the heavy lifting for you. Make sure you stock up on hot chocolate and some new good books!


About the Author

Brodie Norris runs Lunchbox Architect, featuring one architecturally designed home each weekday. Check out what's in the lunchbox today!


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