Solutions: window seats

June 24, 2017 / DECORATING, Solutions

How to… work a window seat


Window seats offer a stylish spot to work, rest or play – and they’re bang on-trend. Here’s five inspiring ways to create some scene-stealing seating with extra-added benefits


1 The architectural seat  Turn a sunny spot into a sort of a built-in sofa with layers of cushions, faux furs and a sumptuous throw. Add in a log burner, as below, and hunker down in serious style even during the chilly winter months.

This window seat is a cosy retreat year-round. First featured in Volume 10. Photos: Jesper Ray/ House of Pictures


2. The library seat Creating built-in storage from scratch offers a marvellous opportunity to sneak a window seat within a block of shelving and storage to make yourself a ready-made seating nook cum library.

This window seat frames views of the Austrian Alps and its base conceals storage. Photos: Christine Bauer/ Living Inside


3 The storage seat Small spaces require smart solutions! Below, a little ingenuity transforms pullout drawers into a window seat, and the oft under-utilised wall above into a useful system of stacking shelves.

Bookcases are built-in either side of this window seat. First featured in ELLE Decoration Country Volume 8. Photos: Gaelle Le Boulicaut


4 The indoor/outdoor seat: By designing in a super deep window sill you can create instant seating on either side of any fully-retracting window, and hey presto, a place to perch whatever the season.

A concrete ledge cantilevers from a country cabin to create outdoor seating. Photos: Gaellle Le Boulicaut


5 The study seat Even without a super extended sill, you can still create a place to ponder with a little clever architectural planning as in this garden office below where super clean detailing makes the most of every inch of space.

A window seat in a garden office. First feature in ELLE Decoration Country Volume 8: Photos:


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And most of these images came from our super deluxe bi-annual book, ELLE Decoration Country dedicated to the most beautiful homes in the countryside. Click the link to find out more!