Window Seat Ideas

Sexy Nerd and I are planning to build a window seat beneath the windows in our dining room. Well, really Sexy Nerd is going to build it while I blog in my pajamas, but I'm still planning to take 98% of the credit.

I love all the possibilities offered by a new window seat - extra storage, a reading nook, and even a place to stretch out and take a nap.

Here are some photos I've gathered from various sites for the best window seat ideas. There's something for every style, from a traditional all-white farmhouse to a cozy mountain hideaway:

Window Seat Ideas

window seat ideas

window seat ideas

window seat ideas


window seat ideas
I love everything about this room, especially the wall color.

window seat ideas

window seat ideas
Sexy Nerd hates this photo! Not because of the design, but because I realized when I saw it that we could create this exact space if we (he) moved our washer and dryer upstairs (and built a place for them upstairs, of course). Do you have one of those snug laundry rooms that you have to walk through to get from your house to your garage? You can transform it into this!

bathroom window seat

window seat with curtains

rustic window seat

DIY window seat
This one looks doable. I could probably just put some cheap bookcases side by side and top them with a patio cushion from Home Depot. 
 
window seat with a view

My original window seat ideas post was written in February, 2011, when we were planning to add a window seat to our home. Two+ years later, how is that window seat coming along?

To quote Christmas Vacation, I can picture it in my mind and it's breathtaking.

Sexy Nerd has been too busy to build my window seat. Between organizing his office, painting "meatballs" on his Mini Cooper, baking raw cookies, and napping while simultaneously watching Nascar, he just hasn't had the time.

One day I'll get my window seat. How difficult do you think it would be for me to just build it myself?

Keeping in mind that I'm not handy at all.

Really, you may as well consider me the anti-handy.

Of course, what I really want is the window seat from either the 1st or 2nd photo (along with the chandelier above it, the arch, the brick, and the wood, all somehow seamlessly merged into 1 perfect spot).

A pretty view outside the window would be nice too.

I've been saving these photos to my computer over the past few years, so I don't have links, unfortunately. (If you see a photo you recognize, please let me know and I'll gladly link it back to where it belongs!) This has taught me the importance of adding my url when I post a photo of my home online.

For our window seat, I'm leaning toward having large baskets for storage underneath, like in the second photo, and a clean, natural finish, possibly without any cushions, like in the last photo. Though, I'm not really sure those two photos combined would result in a pretty window seat.

Which photo is your favorite?

*Update: Our house is finally finished!