10 Window Seats + Cozy Nooks to Get You Through the Winter

Brrr, it’s chilly out there. Get ready to hole up inside for the winter with ideas from these window seats, bunk beds, reading nooks and other cozy indoor hideaways.

If dark and dreary winter weather tends to get you down, look on the bright side: It’s the perfect time to take advantage of your home’s coziest, comfiest spots. Whether you’re snowed in, making room for guests or just need some “me time” away from the family, we’ve picked out 10 snug spots to get you through all the season’s scenarios.

For Curling Up With a Good Book

Country Reading Room With Full Wall Bookshelves, Leaf Patterned Window Seat and Wood Piano

Country Reading Room With Full Wall Bookshelves, Leaf Patterned Window Seat and Wood Piano

Photo by: John G. Wilbanks Photography

John G. Wilbanks Photography

If you tend to spend the winter months engrossed in a novel, consider fashioning a cozy reading spot in your home. Here, designer Jeff Pelletier incorporated floor-to-ceiling shelves for maximum storage and a window seat for curling up with a book. If you don't have the space for a full-blown library, just tuck a comfy chair and a handsome set of bookshelves into a unused corner of your home, and voila! Instant reading nook.

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Enjoy the View

Sunny Seating

Luxurious Lounge

Bold Reading Nook

Movie Marathon Ready

Bright and Modern

Photo By: Aubrie Pick Photography

Built-Ins Galore

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Flooded With Sunlight

Extra-Wide Window Seat

From: Houlihan Lawrence and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Houlihan Lawrence, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Window Seat for One

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images ©2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Fido Approved

Kid-Friendly Storage

Whimsical Alcoves

From: Hilton & Hyland and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Hilton & Hyland, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Perfectly Coordinated

Step-Up Daybed

Rustic Retreat

Gothic Detail

From: Beckwith Interiors and Beckwith Interiors

Pretty in Pink

A Shot of Color

Framed With Window Treatments

A Bookworm's Dream

Kitchen Perch

Mediterranean Style

Photo By: Photo Courtesy: Scott Womack

Patterns That Pop

Kid-Friendly Hangout

Photo By: Eric Perry © 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Minimalist Comfort

A More Functional Mudroom

Youthful Patterns

From: Jill Wolff

Closet Extra

Encased in Storage

For Binge-Watching Netflix

Neutral Country Bedroom With Built-In Daybed

Neutral Country Bedroom With Built-In Daybed

Photo by: Daniel Contelmo Jr.

Daniel Contelmo Jr.

If you're less of a bookworm and more of a movie watcher, get your living room or den marathon ready with lots of throw pillows, plush blankets and an ottoman to kick up your feet or set a tray full of snacks. In this space designed by Daniel Contelmo, a built-in window seat doubles as a daybed.

For Working From Home

Contemporary Home Office Nook Is Chic, Cozy

Contemporary Home Office Nook Is Chic, Cozy

Photo by: Amy Lutz

Amy Lutz

You're snowed in, but you still need to get some work done; that's when a designated home workspace comes in handy. If you can't devote an entire room to an office, take a cue from designer Amy Lutz. Here, she converted an under-the-stairs closet into a cozy office nook with the addition of a built-in desk and chic graphic wallpaper.

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Modern Artwork

Shelf Under the Stairs

Bachelor Pad Nook

Homework Helper

Corner Curios

Minimal and Modern

Masculine Area

Tiny but Flexible

From: Luis Caicedo

Vintage With a View

Hidden Away

Wash Room Workspace

Closet Office

Loft on Wheels

Portable Laptop Table

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

For Escaping the Family

Built-In Window Seat With Open Shelves

Built-In Window Seat With Open Shelves


Brother Vs. Brother

Photo by: Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images ©2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images, 2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

We get it: Sometimes you need a break from your family members visiting for the holidays. Find some solice by holing up in a window seat for one. As seen on Brother Vs. Brother, this petite bedroom window seat is flanked by built-in bookshelves.

For Pulling on Winter Boots

Small Mudroom With Reclaimed Wood Shelves

Small Mudroom With Reclaimed Wood Shelves

Photo by: Barker Freeman Design Office

Barker Freeman Design Office

Summer shoes are so simple; you just slip them on and go. For the winter, it's handy to have a bench in your mudroom so you can sit down and lace up. No mudroom? Create a mini version with shelves, a seat and a few hooks, as Barker Freeman Design Office did in this small niche.

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Location, Location, Location

Hidden Organization

Photo By: Bob Greenspan (816-591-3370)

Multipurpose Bench

Photo By: Scot Gordon

Storage Galore

Entryway Necessities

Equipment Drop Zone

Photo By: Chris Constantine

Cabinets and Drawers

Photo By: Bob Greenspan (816-591-3370)

Savvy Stairway

A Mudroom Wall for All

Photo By: Dustin Peck

Kid-Friendly Cubbies

Photo By: Virginia Macdonald Photographer Inc.

Hard-Working and Rustic

Mail Filing System

Photo By: Bob Greenspan (816-591-3370)

Double-Duty Craft Room

Photo By: Bob Greenspan (816-591-3370)

Room for Seasonal Items

Photo By: Photographer: Chris Constantine

Fitting Function

Photo By: E.PERRY**Y

Clean and Clutter-Free

Photo By: Bob Greenspan (816-591-3370)

Rainy Day, No Problem

Work Around Your Windows

Photo By: Photographer:Daniel Van Duinen

Hang It Up

Photo By: Eric Perry

Cottage Charm

Photo By: Stacey Brandford

For Your Guests' Privacy

Shabby Chic Room With Bed Alcove and Chandelier

Shabby Chic Room With Bed Alcove and Chandelier


Secrets From a Stylist

If you're hosting guests for the holidays, it's important to give them a place to recharge — even if you have to get creative with your space. Here, designer Emily Henderson transformed this awkward alcove into a cozy guest retreat. Thanks to bright yellow bedding and a chandelier, the space feels cheery and not cramped.

For the Kids' Privacy

Neutral Rustic Side-By-Side Bunk Beds

Neutral Rustic Side-By-Side Bunk Beds

Photo by: Mark Boisclair

Mark Boisclair

When family members are in town for the holidays, it's always the kids who get stuck sharing a small space. Give each child his or her own space with bunk beds. Designer Angelica Henry went all out in this rustic kids' space, incorporating fort-style bunk beds, built-in shelves and a hidden loft area above. 

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Clever Storage

Efficient Design

Hidden Niche

Modern Yet Rustic

Photo By: Eric Perry © 2013, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Murphy Bed Bunks

Photo By: Frank Murray

Full of Spunk

Staggered Sizes

Come One, Come All

Gender Neutral Design

Eclectic Bunk Room

Red-Hot Vaulted Bunks

Built-In Bunk

Photo By: Eric Perry

Loft-Style Bunk

Garage Lodge

Modern and Playful

Cantilevered Loft

Photo By: Eric Perry

Private Quarters

Tunnel Vision

Frame Changer

Perpendicular Plan

Photo By: Eric

For Fido's Privacy

Cozy Pet Nook With Orange Pillows

Cozy Pet Nook With Orange Pillows


Elbow Room

Photo by: Jessica McGowan ©2013, HGTV/Scripps Network LLC. All Rights Reserved

Jessica McGowan, 2013, HGTV/Scripps Network LLC. All Rights Reserved

Pets can get stressed during the holidays when your home sees lots of extra visitors. Give your dog or cat his own designated space where he can escape the commotion. As seen on Elbow Room, Chip Wade tucked a pet bed and a few pillows in an out-of-the-way alcove in this art studio.

For Your Morning Caffeine Boost



If you're a coffee drinker, we're guessing your morning cup of joe becomes even more crucial during the winter when it's cold and dark outside. Make your daily routine feel a little more luxurious by setting up a coffee bar and a comfy, quiet spot to sip your brew. In this calming space, designer Mark Williams paired a coffee center with a plush upholstered bench.

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Seating All Around

Pretty in Pastels

Seating With Storage

Children's Corner

Bye Bye Basic

City Seating

Quaint is Great

Bright Booth

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Decadent Dining

The Everything Banquette

From: Jane Ellison

Party Central

Photo By: Anthony Bianciella

Country Cottage

Rustic Meets Modern

From: Joseph Stabilito

Relaxation Station

Narrow No More


Stylish Solution

From: Jane Ellison

Urban Dining

Perfect Balance

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Fabulous and Family-Friendly

Dining Zone

For Soaking Up Some Sun



Photo by: Jeff Troyer Associates ©Lee Manning Photography

Jeff Troyer Associates, Lee Manning Photography

Shorter, darker days can be a serious bummer during the winter months. If you're desperate for some natural light, make sure there's comfortable seating in the sunniest spots of your home. Tall, arched windows provide maximum lighting in this library loft, complete with a thick, padded window seat, designed by Jeff Troyer.

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