A bay window, when transformed into a functional window seat becomes a charming interior element. It becomes a snug and relaxed haven for daydreaming, reading, and taking a nap. When fitted with drawers, cabinets, shelves, or a hinged benchtop, it offers additional storage. A bay window seat brightens up a room and makes it more architecturally sound. It turns an awkward space into the homeowner’s special and private spot.
You can enjoy window seats in both modern and traditional styled homes here in Australia. It’s versatile and will remain functional, wherever it is in the house. We collected these fabulous and modern bay window designs for you, in case you’re opting to renovate to build a spot to doze off, meditate, read, enjoy a drink, and appreciate the outside world.
Despite having a direct access to the outdoor area, established indoor-outdoor spaces can still enjoy a window seat. The featured living room above has a built-in seating next to a shelf where the TV and small decor are stored. Thick cushions and fluffy throw pillows make this tiny window seat comfortable. It's an awesome morning nook!
This corridor formed by two bookshelves ends on a window with and a cosy seat. Surrounded by books and nature, this is a haven for a bookworm.
Don't have walls of customised bookshelves? Store your books under your seat like this one:
Some homeowners want a seamless indoor-outdoor space, some people don't. There are homeowners who find single-hinged doors easier to maneuver compared to bi-fold or stacking doors.
Your taste and style shouldn't keep you from getting an ample amount of sunlight. Build a window on the wall next to your glazed door similar to the one below. Turn it into a window seat so you have room for entertaining.
Here we see building designers have integrated a daily dining room in this kitchen's awkward small space. They took down a part of the wall and ceiling and replaced it with framed glazed windows. The trees outside provided shade so the area won't feel hot during the summer.
Some window seats don't require built-in seating. You can make a seating area out of low, sturdy furniture which can support the weight of several people. Place it under a huge window and decorate it with comfy pillows and fabrics.
We find this contemporary home with Japanese-inspired interiors amusing. These lovely window seats double as desks when you're sitting on the floor. Lay a soft kind of carpet and scatter throw pillows for additional comfort.
This window seat in a modern Australian home has layers of glass louvres on its window, allowing natural ventilation.
Here's a large window seat built next to the stairs. It's a nice spot to drink your coffee or tea when you get up from your bed in the morning.
Here's another window seat in the kitchen for the chef who waits for the food to cook. If you're alone with your child, you can ask him/her to stay here so you can watch him/her while you're fixing your meal.
Enjoy a cosy bench with cushions on the inside edge of a bedroom window. This is a lovely space is your private nook when you wake up and before you go to bed. It's an L-shaped seating, therefore you can appreciate the view from more than one angle.
You can also do the same in a small condominium or apartment unit too. Work with the window provided. Build a seat and make it as comfortable as the bed.
A bay window seat in the mudroom is great for the elderly and the disabled homeowners. This allows them to rest immediately after doing chores outside, under the sun.
A bay window dining area on the farmhouse style, inviting you to host lunch or dinner with a few of your friends.
A calm, quiet beachside-chic space for relaxing, a perfect place for reading a book or petting your pet cat.
Bay windows also give room to an egg chair which hangs from the ceiling. Do this in your living or bedroom and you have a personal spot inside a wide room.
And finally, integrate a window seat in your home office's window. It gives you more area where you can work with.