Window seating is growing in popularity in home interior design. Whether it’s for a new home or a home renovation, one of the latest trends is to add exterior wall cutouts with bench seating under windows. It is used in a variety of rooms throughout the home, including the master bedroom, children’s bedroom, kitchen and attic. This allows natural lighting to enter the room and increases the square footage of living space in the home.
Window seating is a two-foot to three-foot deep area of exterior wall which is bumped out beyond the rest of the outer surface. It can run as few as three to four feet in length with a bench to sit on about knee to thigh high. Rather than a wall, a window fills the space above the bench. The seat can be designed with or without a back, instead using the sides of the window frame to lean against. It’s a cozy place for reading and relaxing with a nice view outdoors. It can be used for a single person or for two people to play a game of cards or sit and chat. Another option is to pull a table up to the bench for added seating in the kitchen.
The main attraction to this feature is the exterior view and interior comfort. For that reason, the window area should be left mostly open. A custom window valance is the most practical and popular way to decorate bench window seating. Custom window treatments on top can coordinate the rest of the room’s decor while softening the appearance of a bare frame. Swags and jabots are also useful and decorative. The main idea is to enhance the opening without blocking the view outside or disturbing the person sitting in it.
Comfort is another feature to emphasize. Placing a cushion on the bench creates a soft place to sit. Careful measurements make for just the right sized cushion. Scatter pillows in contrasting and matching materials create a more cozy look. The cushion and scatter pillows can be made by a professional seamstress using the same material as the custom valances. In the bedroom, these can match or coordinate with dust ruffles, duvet covers, pillow shams and other bed and room decorations.
When space is an issue, storage can be built into the bench. A cabinet underneath with doors or drawers can hold extra linens or small appliances. A cubbyhole with a lift-up bench can create storage space for a blanket or toys.