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

White bookshelves reach to the ceiling for maximum book storage in this home library. A wonderful, unique book page light fixture is an excellent detail for this reading focused room. A window seat is padded with an orange, leaf design cushion with matching throw pillows.

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

This light, serene living room is inspired by the ocean showcased through its many windows. The window seat cushion draws from hue of the ocean, and coastal accessories complete the beachy look.

Sunny Seating

Soft colors, a Lucite table and oversized mirror create an open, airy living space. A built-in window seat is the perfect spot for reading a book, while the Lucite table gives the illusion of accessories floating in the air.

Luxurious Lounge

This feminine, neutral transitional study is a great place to get away from everything. A lounge offers a comfy spot for reading or sipping coffee, while a daybed helps the room double as a space where overnight guests can stay.

Bold Reading Nook

Two built-in shelves filled with books flank a cozy window seat in this charming, contemporary reading nook. Bright pink, graphic wallpaper adds bold color that contrasts against the green window seat. A small chandelier is an elegant accent.

Movie Marathon Ready

In welcoming country style, this sweet bedroom does a lot in a small amount of space: a built-in window seat doubles as a daybed and leaves room for a comfy sofa, ottoman and entertainment center.

Bright and Modern

This modern bedroom features a fireplace and window seat, giving the space a cozy, inviting feel.

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Built-Ins Galore

Bright white walls combine with a white ceiling and white bunk beds to create a light, airy feel characteristic of coastal style. Nautical accents complete the look, ensuring a nod to the home's beach location.

From: Blackband Design and GrayStone Custom Builders

Flooded With Sunlight

The second-story addition houses a home office and relaxed loft. The new structural ceiling beams were exposed and painted a crisp white, giving the space a refreshing luminosity. The extra-long window seat and arched windows overlook the backyard pool.

Extra-Wide Window Seat

This glorious window seat is nearly as spacious as a king-sized bed, filling up one entire end of the living room.

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Window Seat for One

A new window seat creates and reading nook flanked by built-in bookshelves in this contemporary bedroom, as seen on HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother.

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Fido Approved

The family pooch favors the window seat in the mudroom, which is topped with ultra-soft textiles and downy pillows.

Kid-Friendly Storage

A small corner nook of this sweet nursery is outfitted with a window seat made from basic lumber and tongue and groove beadboard.

Whimsical Alcoves

Stone walls, sloping beamed ceilings and a mural that wraps the space turns this kids' room into a whimsical, child-like dreamland. Beds are built into niches around the room, allowing ample space for young guests. A wood balcony overlooks a window seat that filters in natural light.

From: Hilton & Hyland and Luxury Portfolio International®

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

Perfectly Coordinated

A deep purple rug contrasts beautifully with the full wall white bookshelves, modern white desk, and white chairs with patterned cushions. A striped window seat cushion, matching patterned throw pillows, and pull down curtain add more purple accent.

Step-Up Daybed

To bring an interesting focal point to the guest bedroom, Pineapple House designers made a window seat and/or daybed in an oversized dormer window. The windows were so high that steps were added for access to the perch. Panels across the bottom of the built-in are created via thumbtacks into the upholstered base.

Rustic Retreat

This spacious master bedroom is an earth-toned masterpiece. High ceilings and a chandelier give the space a sense of elegance, and stone and reclaimed wood ensure the room is grounded in its rustic roots. A charming window seat provides a cozy spot for reading.

Gothic Detail

This contemporary sitting room boasts a causal sophistication that's inviting and formal at the same time. Neutral furnishings in the main space are anchored by an elegant, soft purple rug while a cozy window seat beckons from the base of a gorgeous, Gothic-style window.

From: Beckwith Interiors and Beckwith Interiors

Pretty in Pink

In this girl's bedroom, a window seat with a pink-and-white polka dot cushion and matching pillows pops against the blue wall. Two large built-in shelving units provide plenty of storage for books and toys.

A Shot of Color

A contemporary floating bench is the eye-catching piece in this blue living room. Painted chair backs are attached the the tufted surface to give the illusion of an upright chair, while a comfy window seat with yellow throw pillows add extra seating behind.

Framed With Window Treatments

An ornate wooden border trim invites guests to a quaint window seating area in this traditional dining room. Patterned window treatments and orange and white throw pillows frame the space and provide a cozy feel to this charming nook.

A Bookworm's Dream

White bookshelves reach to the ceiling for maximum book storage in this home library. A wonderful, unique book page light fixture is an excellent detail for this reading focused room. A window seat is padded with an orange, leaf design cushion with matching throw pillows.

Kitchen Perch

A gray cushioned window seat provides a comfy spot to sit and relax in this contemporary kitchen. A trio of pendant lights and natural light streaming in from the window keep the space bright and airy.

Mediterranean Style

A window seat offers guests a place to lay their shawls and hangbags. The window is arched and small. Photo By: Scott Womack

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Patterns That Pop

A 100+ year old bungalow in a very historical neighborhood. This home had not been remodeled in many years. The challenge was to bring it up to the 2010's with modern conveniences without losing the cozy feel. This room was an addition to the home but it still remains traditional and sophisticated with happy, bright colors for a young girl.

Kid-Friendly Hangout

A custom-built window seat provides extra storage and style in the kid's bedroom in the HGTV Smart Home 2014. "The idea behind the daybed was to have more space for friends to hangout," says interior designer Linda Woodrum.

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Minimalist Comfort

A comfy window seat adds warmth to a wall of streamlined built-ins and frames the view of the cityscape beyond. Above the bed, a glam pendant light adds a touch of whimsy and a functional accent.

A More Functional Mudroom

This bench window seat with open storage bins helps transform the home's entry into a more functional space.

Youthful Patterns

A window seat and built-in white shelving pop against blue walls in this fab kid's room. Gray and white striped fabric for pillows and cushions is combined with orange to keep the space feeling fun and youthful.

From: Jill Wolff

Closet Extra

A cozy window seat separates custom-built closet units and offers a comfortable place to rest while getting ready.

Encased in Storage

This Claire Paquin-designed child's bedroom in dark blue and white is another nod to her serene living philosophy. White laminiate bookcases frame either side of a comfy window seat with added space to display favorite toys or knickknacks. The striped Roman shade in shades of blue, white and soft beige tie the unit together for a clean, comfortable look.

For Binge-Watching Netflix

Neutral Country Bedroom With Built-In Daybed

Neutral Country Bedroom With Built-In Daybed

In welcoming country style, this sweet bedroom does a lot in a small amount of space: a built-in window seat doubles as a daybed and leaves room for a comfy sofa, ottoman and entertainment center.

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

An under-the-stairs closet becomes a cozy work nook with the addition of a built-in desk and chic graphic wallpaper. The rich hardwood floors help warm the space.

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

The neutral color palette here doesn't steal too much focus from the rest of the room and the small desk details and wall frame cluster keep it from feeling unfinished.

Shelf Under the Stairs

Add a floating shelf, and a small space beneath the stairs is transformed into a tidy workstation. The corkboard on the wall displays clippings and reminders and the front of the shelf opens with hinges to hide paper clutter.

Bachelor Pad Nook

Even the most unlikely corner can function as a work area. This master bedroom nook instantly became an office with the addition of a few floating shelves and a refined desk chair.

Homework Helper

If you're able to renovate, building a custom study space may be the best option, as it was here for contractor Chip Wade, host of HGTV's Elbow Room. The station is private enough to curb distractions, but open enough that it still feels connected to the room.

Corner Curios

Don't overlook corners. You can buy a corner desk to effectively "hide" a workspace and make it blend into the room, or you can take a small, traditional desk and turn it into a room feature. Here, Rate My Space user fleamarkettrixie took added some Tiffany blue flea market finds to spruce up this space.

Minimal and Modern

Choosing a white desk and chair is a smart strategy if you don't want to add too much visual weight to a room. The clean lines of these pieces also make them feel light and airy.

Masculine Area

Sometimes a workspace can actually help unify a room, as this desk area does with its sculpture, pistol painting and red cords on the wall. A brick room can be challenging to decorate, but these details certainly add interest.

Tiny but Flexible

This little cranny is only 3' x 3', but it utilizes the 10 feet high vertical space nicely with custom built-ins that are the same color as the wall (a bit of eye trickery), and all the surfaces can be stowed away or rolled out as needed.

From: Luis Caicedo

Vintage With a View

Pick up a vintage desk, pair it with a woven chair. Plant both in front of a bedroom window. Decorate with framed photos, flowers and a lamp, and you've added form as well as function to an overlooked space.

Hidden Away

Take an awkward bit of empty space and put it to use. Here, the previously unused square footage just off of an apartment's entry is now occupied by a private office space.

Wash Room Workspace

Can an office fit in a space the size of a stacked washer and dryer? This cozy little cubby proves it can! (Bonus: Bet you'll get your wash done more quickly by working next to the laundry, too.)

Closet Office

An unused closet has office area potential, as shown here by Rate My Space user Jennifer Jones. The elegant wallpaper and shelving make it pretty enough to display, but she could also choose to conceal the office area with tension rods and curtain.

Loft on Wheels

This industrial-modern desk set seems like it's monopolizing the loft, but all the pieces have casters, so they can easily be rolled out of the way. Mobility is key when you need give the room another purpose!

Portable Laptop Table

If you still think you can't squeeze an "office" into your space, think again. If you have a laptop, consider a C-table for your bedroom. The bottom of the table has a C-shaped frame that tucks underneath the bed, keeping it out of the way. Now you don't even have to get out of bed to work. Trust us, it makes the commute easier.

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

For Escaping the Family

Built-In Window Seat With Open Shelves

Built-In Window Seat With Open Shelves

A new window seat creates and reading nook flanked by built-in bookshelves in this contemporary bedroom, as seen on HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother.

From: 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

Add two simple reclaimed-wood slabs, and presto! This recessed niche, just inside the backyard door, becomes a mudroom. Barker Freeman Design Office architects needed little more than the shelving and a few hooks to create an ideal setup for removing shoes and stashing flotsam. Keeping the wall color the same as in the rest of the room allows for continuity, but the paler hue on the surrounding wall helps to define the space.

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

"It's practical to consider the mudroom as a transition zone between a garage and the main house," says interior designer Molly Quinn. "And since people frequently use their back entrances as their main entrance/exit, it's helpful to consider what areas guests will walk through before arriving at their destination." For a tailored mudroom with plenty of storage, Quinn included a wool Oushak runner, which she says is naturally durable. Photo courtesy of Molly Quinn Design

Hidden Organization

No more hunting around for items in the back of a dense shelf. A pretty space for hats, scarves and bags is made even more functional by the cabinet that slides out to reveal an organization system complete with hooks and wire shelving for easy access to cleaning supplies and household tools. Photo courtesy of Houseplans.co; photography by Bob Greenspan

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Multipurpose Bench

A leather-topped Plain & Fancy bench includes pullout drawers for storage. Drawers can hold bins or baskets for shoes or other necessities.

Photo By: Scot Gordon

Storage Galore

A wall unit by California Closets includes lots of cubbies and even rods for hanging jackets and coats. "Look at the space as a blank palette," advises Ginny Snook Scott of California Closets. "And consider it not only from left to right, but from floor to ceiling. You’ll find a lot of storage space by going up as high as possible."

Entryway Necessities

An easy solution is to park a wall unit near an entry, keeping guesswork to a minimum. If possible, factor in a cubby for each family member and some drawers or baskets to keep some things out of view. Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs

Equipment Drop Zone

As anyone who lives near a beach can attest, transitional zones are a necessity for trapping the residuals of fun in the sun. A sand-room unit includes a spot for the surfboard and plenty of beach towels. Photo courtesy of California Closets

Photo By: Chris Constantine

Cabinets and Drawers

Ample drawers and storage enable this small space to hold a lot of supplies. A simple pad with decorative pillows softens the cubbies for shoes. Photo courtesy of Houseplans.co; photography by Bob Greenspan

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Savvy Stairway

Stairways often get clogged with items that get shed en route. Staggered cubbies make the most of a bank of stairs near the doorway. Photo courtesy of California Closets

A Mudroom Wall for All

A custom mudroom wall includes a cubby and locker for each family member. "Because I needed to use every inch of the space and I wanted everyone to have their own spot, I had this locker unit custom-made," says interior designer Traci Zeller. "That way I could give each person the largest and deepest locker possible in the limited space we had. Going the custom route was the best option and rather comparable in price to a prefabricated unit." Design by Traci Zeller; photography by Dustin Peck Photography

Photo By: Dustin Peck

Kid-Friendly Cubbies

No need to grab a stepstool. Stairway cubbies can be fitted at the right height for children; the top surface can be used for display or decorative baskets, bins or bags. Photo courtesy of California Closets

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Hard-Working and Rustic

Classic beadboard, warm wood textures and hints of the great outdoors are incorporated in a welcoming walk-through mudroom. Designer Jane Frederick packs a combination of cubbies, drawers and seating into her lodge-inspired drop zone.

Mail Filing System

This mudroom's desk makes the space even more practical, with mail slots, drawers and shelving. The black-painted wall behind the desk makes a subtle distinction between this contemplative space and the rest of the hard-working mudroom. Photo courtesy of Houseplans.co; photography by Bob Greenspan

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Double-Duty Craft Room

This mudroom doubles as a craft room, where a dropped counter at desk height accommodates a sewing machine. Though doors and drawers hide wrapping paper, ribbon, tape and scissors, countertops are the perfect place for wrapping gifts. Coordinating materials used in the room differentiate spaces for different tasks: white for tasks and crafts, polished wood for household storage, olive green for personal things. Photo courtesy of Houseplans.co; photography by Bob Greenspan

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Room for Seasonal Items

"We advise people to rotate their gear with the season," says Scott. "You can move items from one area to another, placing out-of-season items up high or behind cabinet doors so they’re still really easy to find." A wall unit makes the most of vertical and horizontal space. Photo courtesy of California Closets

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Fitting Function

A small entryway off the garage can provide enough space for placing a durable but attractive organizing system. HGTV Green Home features a sleek, modern unit with cabinets, hooks and drawers for shoes, coats and potting needs.

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Clean and Clutter-Free

A laundry room nestles into the space just off the back door. Baskets above coat hooks are labeled “family” and "friends" to corral all the little things that come into the house. Photo courtesy of Houseplans.co; photography by Bob Greenspan

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Rainy Day, No Problem

Maple cabinetry stores equipment and supplies, a narrow central bench provides a spot to change out of wet shoes, and a row of hooks holds plenty of jackets.

Work Around Your Windows

Use a mudroom window to your advantage. This storage unit from Easy Closets offers all the open and closed storage your family needs, but still allows natural light inside.

Photo By: Photographer:Daniel Van Duinen

Hang It Up

A small mudroom near the doorway includes plenty of hooks for hanging items; the bench serves as a tabletop with the addition of a small lamp.

Photo By: Eric Perry

Cottage Charm

Using antique accents and earthy materials, HGTV host Sarah Richardson designed a stylish entryway that maintains the welcoming character of a century-old farmhouse. To add a touch of charm into your mudroom, skip the custom storage systems and incorporate sentimental furnishings.

Photo By: Stacey Brandford

For Your Guests' Privacy

Shabby Chic Room With Bed Alcove and Chandelier

Shabby Chic Room With Bed Alcove and Chandelier

A bright-colored bed is nestled neatly in a small nook with a gold chandelier. Gray and white accent pillows on the bed complement the bold-patterned wallpaper. Patterned bedding in a mustard color offsets the neutrals in the space and provides a pop of color to bring life to this small space.

From: 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

The young occupants of this room got their dream beds with these clever bunks. Shelves behind each bed are an ideal spot for the boys to showcase trophies, trinkets and toys. A magnetic panel behind the ladder creates the perfect backdrop for the latest original works of art.

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

This smart use of space incorporates storage cabinetry and shelves into bunk beds. The bright blue and white color scheme gives the room energy.

Efficient Design

This gray and red bunk room is perfect for little ones. With cool modern bunk beds that have storage built in, there is plenty of space left on the floor to play. The upper bunk makes a great reading loft, while the built-in desk provides a space for homework. 

Hidden Niche

This adorably stylish bunk bed nook is a space-saving dream. Pull the curtain and it's entirely hidden away; open the curtain and reveal two cozy bunks decked out in dapper stripes with under-bed storage drawers.

Modern Yet Rustic

Open and airy thanks to exposed pine beams and bright, soaring ceilings, this modern mountain bunkroom at the HGTV Dream Home 2014 is designed for children, but the array of red-and-white patterns makes it sophisticated enough for adult guests.

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Murphy Bed Bunks

A 6' x 6' art panel pulls down to reveal a twin bunk bed. This clever design -- perfect for a room tight on space -- was fashioned from prefinished plywood and only $30 worth of hardware supplies.  Get the step-by-step instructions>>

Photo By: Frank Murray

Full of Spunk

Contemporary white bunk beds are tucked behind black and white chevron curtains.  The bold patterned curtains pop against the vibrant purple walls making for a chic rock 'n roll bunkroom.

Staggered Sizes

This kids' bedroom features built-in bunk beds with under-bed drawers and a wall of shelving. The unusual arrangement of bookcase against beds allows for great use of space to store books, toys and other kid paraphernalia. 

Come One, Come All

Fun but chic, this ski dorm from the HGTV Dream Home 2011 is punctuated by tomato-red walls, colorful furnishings and a knotty-pine ceiling. Reminiscent of a ski lodge, this bunk room can easily accommodate a multitude of overnight guests.

Gender Neutral Design

A navy-and-white color scheme in this open kids' room works for any gender. Interior designer Lauren Leonard placed two sets of bunk beds side by side for a built-in look. Simple baskets underneath the beds provide extra storage. Light fixtures made from galvanized buckets and thick rope bring a rustic element to the space.

Eclectic Bunk Room

Muted shades of blue and gray are contrasted with youthful pops of persimmon, adding a warm, rich appeal to the bunk space. Designer Shelley Cahan created the space to be an upscale retreat for the youngest gentleman of the house.

Red-Hot Vaulted Bunks

Bright red bunk beds line the walls on either side of the big window. Above the window, almost 10 feet off of the ground, is a fifth bright red bunk, nestled beneath the peaked roof. A red rolling library ladder provides access to the top bunk.

Built-In Bunk

This camp-inspired bunk room from the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 is the ultimate retreat that inspires loads of activity and creativity. A non-traditional layout of opposite facing bunk beds maximizes the overall living space.

Photo By: Eric Perry

Loft-Style Bunk

This modern, loft-style bunk setup takes advantage of available space below. The large desk and comfortable red leather chair provide a homework area under the full-size bunk bed, allowing more floor space for other activities.

Garage Lodge

Industrial style bunk beds line the back wall in this garage turned guest room. Large windows were added as well as French doors, replacing the roll-up garage doors.

Modern and Playful

This spunky, modern kid's room features built-in bunk beds with reading lamps, a streamlined paint treatment and a hanging bubble chair that any kid would love. Gray lacquered floating shelves serve as nightstands for each bunk, while built-in drawers provide storage. A mod polka-dot rug pulls together the fun and colorful palette.

Cantilevered Loft

A media loft cantilevers over two twin beds creating a cozy cabin-like cove. Although designed for youngsters, the layering of textures and fabric patterns in this kids' room suits both children and discriminating houseguests alike.

Photo By: Eric Perry

Private Quarters

A built-in set of bunk beds is the star of this kids' room. Green cafe curtains provide privacy as well as a pop of color.

Tunnel Vision

Blue mattresses hoisted up above a fun hideaway tunnel create the perfect play room and bedroom junction. A climbing rope suspended from the ceiling leads down into the tunnel. 

Frame Changer

Bright colors and layered patterns result in a kids' room with plenty of fodder for the imagination. Sheets and wallpaper provide instant pop, while a contemporary bunk bed leaves plenty of space for two brothers to play.

Perpendicular Plan

Custom-crafted bunk beds built with galvanized piping maximize floor space in this kid-friendly yet sophisticated room.

Photo By: Eric

For Fido's Privacy

Cozy Pet Nook With Orange Pillows

Cozy Pet Nook With Orange Pillows

Orange throw pillows and a dog bed are nestled inside this nook, creating a cozy relaxation spot for the family pet.

From: 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

In addition to a kitchen table and island, designer Peter Salerno incorporated this quaint booth in his kitchen remodel in order to add a cozy spot for the family to dine. "The first cup of coffee in the morning was in the booth," explains Peter. "The kids’ breakfast was served in the booth or on the island. Dinner was at the kitchen table with the family. For big family parties all three are used."

Pretty in Pastels

A cheery blue paint job sets this banquette apart, while green upholstered cushions make it a comfy spot to enjoy breakfast with the family. A pair of wooden chairs and a white-washed table add to the home’s cottage appeal.

Seating With Storage

Designer Jil Sonia McDonald hoped to make the most of her client’s space while still incorporating a beloved vintage table. A white and tangerine window seat with built-in storage was just the ticket. "We started with the client's existing round table," explains Jil. "Initially she was going to just use chairs in this area, but I suggested that a bench with storage would be more practical and comfortable."

Children's Corner

A tray of art supplies and a quartette of framed children’s art prove that this booth is good for more than just providing a sweet spot for dinner. The bold geometric wallpaper and bright green upholstery make this cute booth the most fun place in the house.

Bye Bye Basic

Inspired by over-the-top transitional wainscoting throughout the house, this banquette takes on a more streamlined, transitional approach. “This house started as a contractor build house, and this was the space that was allocated for the dining table,” says designer Stacey Cohen. “We wanted to maximize it and make it family-friendly, and the only way to do that was with a custom table. The clients loved the table top, and the tulip bases came from tables we found at Ikea. The top is stained in the same gray stain as the floors, which gave it a rich color without being too much of a dramatic change. The banquette pulls out on each end to store placemats and kids’ stuff."

City Seating

Take a basic wooden dining table and add a custom banquette on two walls, and all of a sudden you have seating for a dozen. Emeco Navy chairs and a fresh bouquet of sunflowers add a delightful pop of color to this bright space.

Quaint is Great

You don’t have to have a large table in order to have a banquette. With this smart setup, an adorable round table makes it easy for people to enjoy a comfortable seat without having to disrupt those around them when they wish to get up.

Bright Booth

Bright yellow upholstered seats make for a lively and comfy dining experience in this fun blue and yellow kitchen. An attached wooden table allows for plenty of room underneath the table, making the most of the space.

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Decadent Dining

A sofa-inspired banquette and stunning chandelier exude glamour in this luxurious, contemporary breakfast area. A mix of patterned pillows and a black and white accent wall add to the room’s sophisticated appeal.

The Everything Banquette

Before a redesign, this kitchen’s dining area was anything but cozy. After some smart planning by designer Jane Ellison, the stylish banquette that serves multiple purposes completely transformed the space. According to Jane, "Now the banquette is the most used area of the home for leisurely meals, work on laptops, games, art projects and homework. And with electrical outlets built into the banquette side, a much needed IT station is there when needed."

From: Jane Ellison

Party Central

According to designer Vanessa Deleon, for a family that loves to entertain, a built-in booth with island access is a great way to supply extra seating where everyone already gathers. "The island is always the heart of the kitchen, therefore people can congregate by the island and around the 30-inch high table versus a typical 36- or 42-inch bar. It’s especially nice with small children," says Vanessa.

Photo By: Anthony Bianciella

Country Cottage

Booths and banquettes are most often associated with modern and contemporary spaces, but this quaint country kitchen looks super sweet with booth seating for four. On top of its charming appearance, this booth also boasts practicality with a pair of large drawers built into each side.

Rustic Meets Modern

"The kitchen was designed as the main hub for gathering and entertaining large groups," says the room’s designer, Joseph Stabilito. "The owners wanted to keep the rustic quality of the original house but also wanted a more contemporary feel for the newer sections of the home that would blend in. So we used natural materials like wood and stone to add warmth, but in modern profiles. They specifically wanted a place for casual meals like breakfast, so I designed a banquette tucked into the corner by a nice window."

From: Joseph Stabilito

Relaxation Station

In this white contemporary space, a sleek blue banquette steals the show and adds a pop of color with a relaxing vibe. Exceptional lighting and an orchid centerpiece accentuate the room’s tranquil but stylish look.

Narrow No More

While redesigning an already narrow kitchen, designer Shirry Dolgin hoped to add a table without taking up a lot of space. "It was my goal to have a space that would allow the family to eat in the kitchen and not take away or make the kitchen feel small," explains Shirry. "So instead of stopping the kitchen just after the sink and creating a peninsula with bar stools (the way it used to be), I continued a banquette and added the table and chairs."


Stylish Solution

To make the most of an awkwardly shaped corner, designer Jane Ellison had to think outside of the box. "The walls are not right angles, so the bench and table are custom designed to fit," says Jane. The Burmese carved wood mandala became the focal point in the space and mimics the Asian style of the custom table.

From: Jane Ellison

Urban Dining

Once home to an outdated galley kitchen, this N.Y.C. apartment got a major overhaul that included a fantastic new kitchen with a quaint place to dine that doesn’t take up too much space. This corner seating area includes a custom banquette that easily goes from breakfast nook to home office.

Perfect Balance

According to designer Barry Dixon, this home featured a charming Arts and Crafts/revival period style, which he hoped to maintain in his kitchen update. "The period lines of the banquette honor the home's history, yet the modern fabrics and bright colors keep it all fresh," says Barry. "Even the documentary wall covering was custom printed in bold citrus colors. In the end, this cozy corner feels casual and modern, yet reverent to a period home."

From: Barry Dixon

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

Fabulous and Family-Friendly

Who would have thought a family with children could have such a luxurious breakfast nook? Designer Jamie Herzlinger utilized white faux leather, which looks decadent but also holds up to a lot of wear and tear. She also opted to include a few pull-up chairs to make it easy for mom and dad to be up and down as they take care of the family.

Dining Zone

Bright and open, this kitchen features smart zones for every activity, including eating. Designer Terry Kenney says, "The table was created using a stainless steel box for the leg and a piece of Cambria quartz as the top. To help tie it to the rest of the space, we lined the exterior edges with the same cherry wood that was used in the kitchen cabinetry.  The kitchen features lots of natural light, bright paint and open space, making it a great space with a family-focused eating area – I love this kitchen!"

For Soaking Up Some Sun



A new second story was added with a home office/ loft space. The new structural ceiling beams were all exposed and painted. New arched windows look out over the pool. The room is lined with custom bookshelves that have uplighting hidden behind the crown. The daybed has deep storage drawers below, as well as supply ducts for the AC.

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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