Outfitting a Windowseat // Our Favorite Window Coverings and a DIY Seat Cushion

How to outfit a window seat

How to outfit a window seat

How to outfit a window seat

This post is sponsored by Blinds.com. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Little by little, more pieces of the house are coming together! What nobody tells you after you finish a remodel is that you’re not actually done. Now that you have walls and a floor and windows, you have to make it all look good. I had been wanting to finish the window seat area in the master bedroom forever, and I’m so thankful that Blinds.com finally helped us get it done! Read on for our thoughts on the window coverings we chose, and a special reader discount!

When we finished our first round of remodeling last year, we chose roman shades from Blinds.com throughout the house. We’ve loved them ever since — they are simple, clean, and filter the light in a really pretty way. So I was tickled pink to partner with Blinds.com to cover the new windows! Go with what you love, right? We wanted roman shades again but I was debating whether to use the same fabric in the master bedroom or use something a little different. We worked with a Blinds.com designer, who sent us some free fabric samples to get an idea of some of their neutrals. It really helps to hold the samples in your hand so you can get a feel for weight, texture, and see the color in your space. In the end, we decided to use the same color throughout the house and keep our clean, white palette with the Blinds.com Classic Roman Shades in Wilmington White.

How to outfit a window seat

Part of what I love about the roman shades as well is that they’re so simple to install. I handed Ryan the drill and literally three minutes later the shades were up! Blinds.com sends the hardware you need; you just have to screw it right into the wall. Our roman shades came with three screws that fit right into slots on the top panel of the shades, and then screw into the wall. Easy peasy. We also installed a tie-back for the drawstring, so that it doesn’t hang around tempting little ones to play with it. Here’s our little window seat area, before we dressed it all up (and some photos of that adorable husband of mine installing the shades!).

How to outfit a window seat

How to outfit a window seat

How to outfit a window seat

How to outfit a window seat

How to outfit a window seat

After we got the window coverings in place, the bench needed a cushion! I whipped together a quick faux French mattress cushion — here’s how.

Step 1: Cut upholstery foam to the size of your bench. Cover the foam with a sheet of cotton batting, adhering the batting to the foam with spray adhesive.

Step 2: Cut fabric to the size of your foam, adding an inch to each side. Cut a top panel, a bottom panel, and panels for the four sides. Add a zipper allowance for one of the four sides.

Step 3: Sew your zipper into one of the side panels.

Step 4: Fold the edges of each piece over 1/4″ and iron to create a seam allowance.

Step 5: Sew all four side pieces together end-to-end, to create a box. Pin the top panel to the box, wrong sides facing. Sew all edges together, leaving a 1/8″ seam allowance.

Step 6: Pin the bottom panel to the box and sew around edges, leaving a 1/8″ seam allowance. Unzip your zipper, insert foam, and put your cushion in place!

How to outfit a window seat

How to outfit a window seat

We added some comfy pillows and a few little touches to the window seat area and it’s ready to go! I love how it all came together, and how the roman shades look with that large window. It’s beautiful with the light filtered through the fabric, but also so easy to pull the shades and get a little extra sun. In looking at the photos, I realized that part of what I love about the roman shades is how minimal they are when they’re gathered at the top. It leaves so much space to enjoy the view and frames it so well. I just can’t recommend these enough! And if you’re searching for window coverings, grab this discount! Code lovelyindeed is good for 20% off any order at Blinds.com (expires 3/31/18). 

So tell me, what are your dream window coverings? Are you a shades lover? Curtains? Valances? I’d love to know! xoxo

How to outfit a window seat

How to outfit a window seat

How to outfit a window seat

9 thoughts on “Outfitting a Windowseat // Our Favorite Window Coverings and a DIY Seat Cushion”

    1. Hi Linda, thanks for your question! From the outside of the house they’re completely opaque both during the day and at night. That was one of our checkpoints when we were testing fabrics. I don’t like the idea of people being able to see in!

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