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Window Seat Ideas

A bay window is a natural spot for a window seat, but virtually any window is a candidate, especially when surrounding built-ins create a niche.


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    • Window Seat Storage

      Don't waste a square inch of space. Drawers under a window seat near the kitchen make great storage for special-occasion dinnerware or those bulky pots you don't use every day.

    • Cottage Kitchen Window Seat

      A kitchen window seat fitted with a soft cushion makes a great place to wait for water to boil. Shutters provide privacy while still allowing plenty of sunlight. The bright red makes this area a focal point against the crisp white cabinetry and trim.

    • Corner Window Seat

      The corner configuration makes this window seat a cozy place for children to do their homework or enjoy an after-school snack. The big bench has space for everyone -- or room for a reader to recline.

    • Pull Up a Table

      When planning a window seat, consider leaving space for a dining table. When guests drop in, pull the table over for instant extra seating.

    • Beaded-Board Window Seat

      Beaded-board panels add dimension and texture to this window seat. An easy project, installing beaded board provides cottage style and creates a finished look.

    • Dual-Function Window Seat

      A window seat is a great way to hide unsightly plumbing or a radiator. Make sure it's properly vented and allows for easy access to any fixtures.

    • Window Seat Dining Area

      Make the most of a long, narrow space by combining a window seat with a dining table. This configuration allows you to seat more guests or leave the bench empty to enjoy the view.

    • Eating Area Design

      This window seat provides both extra storage and seating. Placing the table perpendicular to the bench enhances the unfitted, furniture-style look.

    • Window Seat Cushion

      Add a soft touch to a storage area off the kitchen with an upholstered cushion on a bench. A window seat is a great way to add a punch of color to a mostly white space.

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      Storage Shelves and Seating

      Built-in bookcases flanking a window seat are great for cookbooks and decorative dishes.

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      Open Seating

      Add function to a small niche with a compact and comfy window seat. The open design accommodates the baseboard heaters below.

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      Relaxed Seating

      Spend afternoons relaxing in a cozy window seat. Fill drawers underneath with your favorite books. An adjoining cabinet and countertop provide a perfect spot to prepare a cup of tea.

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      Upholstered Comfort

      Kitchens are becoming the entertaining hub of the home. A thick, comfortable cushion will draw guests to the window seat, keeping them out of the cook's way. Add pillows for even more comfort and style.

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      Desk Area Window Seat

      This window seat beside the kitchen desk area is a nifty spot to sit while helping kids with homework. Install a sconce above the seat for late-night reading.

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      Beverage Area Window Seat

      Located between a wine glass storage cabinet and a wine refrigerator, this window seat offers the perfect place for guests to sit while you prepare drinks. A thick cushion keeps guests comfortable -- and out of the cook's way.

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      Seat a Crowd

      A long window seat offers plenty of seating for guests to gather in the kitchen -- out of the kitchen's work core but close enough for conversation.

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      Window Seat Storage

      You can never have too much storage. Here, built-in hutches flank a window seat atop three large drawers.

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      L-Shape Window Seat

      Fill a sunny kitchen corner with ample seating for friends or family. A thick cushion and overstuffed pillows add a soft touch and living-room comfort to a hardworking kitchen.

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      Extra-Long Window Seat

      A window seat this size begs you to pull the shades and take a nap after lunch. With storage cabinets on every side, not an inch of space is wasted.

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      Storage is Key

      Plan for the best storage your kitchen can handle. Get great ideas here!

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