5 Window Seats You Want To Curl Up and Read a Book On

 

Imagine this, it’s a chilly autumn Sunday, the house is cleaned, work is a distant thought, and you’re relaxing until it’s time to make dinner. You decide to go grab a book, as you pull one from the bookshelf, the sun starts beaming through your window, and you smile. You plop yourself down onto your window, soaking in the sun’s rays, and you open your book, fully content.

That doesn’t sound half-bad, right? Or maybe it’s a warm summers evening, and the window is opened? Or maybe it’s a rainy winters night and you’re sitting there listening to the rain? A window seat is a simple, but highly effective, design feature that can create a really intimate spot in your home. You might want to capture sun? Breezes? Views? Or maybe you just want your own little spot to read with a glass of wine, or cup of coffee? Take a look at these window seats to spark some ideas for your next home.

 
© Tess Kelly

© Tess Kelly

 

Type Street Apartment by Tsai Design

When your apartment is only 35m2, you need to make use of all the space. What better way to do that than with something that combines seating and storage? Jack Chen, the architect and occupier of the apartment, designed this seating/storage solution around his east-facing window. He can be often sketching away on his seating, watching the world go by via the street below, or provides extra seating for guests.

 
 
© Ben Hosking

© Ben Hosking

 

Skyline House by Lachlan Shepard Architects

The huge expanse of glass, coupled with the elevated home in general, will make you feel like you’re sitting among the tree-tops. Internally you’re surrounded by plywood, externally it is nature, trees and amazing views. Not to mention, it looks big enough that you can have a few friends relax and enjoy a book on the seat!

 
 
© Tom Blachford

© Tom Blachford

 

Brunswick West House by Taylor Knights Architects

What can be nicer than just sitting down, and looking out to your backyard, keeping an eye on the kids as they terrorise each other? Well, being able to do this on a beautiful timber seat. Like most of the seats featured here, it performs double duty by providing storage underneath. And don’t think we didn’t notice the little detail of the top of the timber seat aligning with the almost-brick-seat underneath the triangle window.

 
 
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Wooden Box House by Moloney Architects

There are many approaches you can take for your window seat, maybe you want to blend it in so it appears seamless in the room? Or maybe you could highlight it, and do what Moloney Architects did by wrapping plywood up and over the seating, framing the window and seat. Having an extra-large window also helps!

 
 
© Cathy Schusler

© Cathy Schusler

 

The Terrace by Shaun Lockyer Architects

The previous ones have been quite long and in the living areas, but what about this rather intimate spot in the bedroom? It would provide a nice escape from the crazy world, or even a nice spot to sit for 10 minutes in the morning before starting your day.

 

So there you have it, five different window seat designs to hopefully get you day-dreaming of your own, but more importantly, actually build one and enjoy! Which one do you like the most? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

 

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