The master bedroom is our own private oasis at home where we get to relax in the evenings and greet the day each morning. The bedroom is usually the coziest room in the house—and a great way to make it even more comfortable is to add a bedroom seating area! If you want your bedroom to serve multiple functions, sitting areas are a great solution to incorporate furniture options that maximize use of the space.
With so much going on in the house, your bedroom is a retreat and relaxing space. It’s kind of like the “weekend” of the home—a space you go to unwind at the end of the workday. So it makes sense that it’s important to have additional bedroom seating, whether it’s for reading a book, doing crossword puzzles, watching a show, or just having a quiet moment to yourself.
How do I incorporate seating in my master bedroom?
There are many ways to create a sitting space in your bedroom! You’ll want to think about what your needs are, the size and shape of your bedroom, if you can make use of home furniture you already own, and other factors to come up with a bedroom design plan. To help you start brainstorming, we rounded-up 20 ways to add a seating area to your master bedroom! Read on to get ideas for your home.
Seating for Two With a View
This type of sitting area feels casual and lounge-like—it’s a great idea for spaces that can accommodate larger furniture. The setup provides a perfect place to enjoy morning coffee, read a book or just relax in the sunlight. It’s good for couples who might want two different places to hang out, separately or together. It’s also a great idea for large bedroom layouts—the seating area is part of the bedroom but also feels like it’s own space.
Cozy & Compact
This look features a small armchair tucked into the corner. It creates a cozy sitting area even though there isn’t a ton of space here—and with the bookcase it makes a good reading nook. There is also additional seating at the foot of the bed, and the footstools can be used to set blankets, put on your shoes, or prop up your feet while you read! This shows how you can make a little extra furniture go a long way.
Simple & Streamlined
This master bedroom features a long bench for a sitting area at the end of the bed. It adds a polishing touch and helps to make the bed look finished since there is no footboard. The bench doesn’t take up much space and can be used to lay out outfits or keep blankets and throw pillows. A bench like this is so versatile, it can be added to a variety of different bed styles.
A Place to Read
Sometimes all the extra furniture you need is a single seat beside the bed. This sitting area is great for reading and relaxing in the master bedroom. It doesn’t take up much space and is great for a smaller bedroom where you want another option for your bedroom sitting area. Instead of a whole bookcase, it is paired with a basket to stash books/blankets—and it has a floor lamp for great reading light.
We love this sophisticated bedroom seating idea featuring a bedside chair and martini table. It adds a place to sit, drink coffee or tea, and get lost in a good book. This is a very elegant look and it fits into the whole design of the master bedroom. It’s great for those who prefer a more traditional setup or have a smaller space to work with. However, it’s not ideal if you are a couple and want a sitting area you can use simultaneously.
Up On A Throne
This master bedroom seating idea is fun and functional! It turns the bedroom into a stylish, multipurpose space by incorporating a shelf. The space can be used as a work area or a vanity and doesn’t take up nearly as much room as a full furniture piece would. It’s not loungeable seating, so it won’t work for those who want a plush and cozy reading chair. But it’s great as a trendy sitting area that makes excellent use of a small space. And we are super into the mid-century modern/contemporary stylings happening here.
If you want to make use of an awkward nook or unusual space in your master bedroom, this type of sitting area is great! It uses a versatile stool tucked under a window shelf and can function as a desk or makeshift vanity space. It won’t work as a lazy reading nook, but it’s a casual, functional and inexpensive way to incorporate a desk/vanity into a smaller bedroom! The minimal-contemporary style keeps the bedroom looking crisp and uncluttered and you can save on floor space by tucking the stool under the shelf when not in use!
Placing a bench or footstool at the end of a bed is a common choice, but, if you have the room, why not make it a sofa? This sitting area at the footboard of this bed features a sophisticated loveseat with stools that you can use as footrests and coffee tables. It offers ample seating for two, fits right into the glamorous style, and makes great use of the long bedroom space.
Keep in mind that this idea takes up more space and isn’t quite as versatile as chairs (i.e. the sofa can’t be as easily moved to another position). Master bedroom sitting areas like this feel more formal and almost create a small living room area in your bedroom. This look is more of an investment, but a lovely option for a sitting area in the bedroom if you have the space.
Bench With A View
Placing a long and narrow bench under the window of this bedroom is a perfect way to create a functional sitting area. It offers a lot of surface seating and can be much more versatile and less expensive than an armchair. Although, it’s not furniture you can lean back in and lounge/read, it’s a space-saving and convenient addition. This bench fits perfectly into this contemporary bedroom design but benches are easy to incorporate into almost any bedroom style.
The Trendy Side Chair
If you really need to maximize space in your master bedroom, you can add a single dining chair next to your nightstand for a simple, understated reading nook. It’s not meant for hours of lounging, but it’s a trendy way to offer a practical seating area and a cool aesthetic to your bedroom. This type of seating feels casual, doesn’t take up much space at all and makes a very simple, affordable addition to a bedroom.
This bedroom features a cozy loveseat tucked under windows for a relaxing sitting area. You definitely need extra floor space to make this setup work. It offers ample seating for one or two people as long as you have enough room to make sure it’s not crowded in with the bed. A loveseat adds comfort and makes a master bedroom more of a multipurpose area! It’s a great option for those who spend a lot of time in the bedroom.
The Corner Nook
We love this classic reading nook in the window. It can only seat one, so it’s not the best choice for couples—but if you only need one chair and one nightstand, this layout is ideal. It features a floor lamp for extra reading light, natural light from the windows, and a large armchair + ottoman in the corner. This type of sitting area feels casual and adds a cozy element to the bedroom.
One Pouf, Two Pouf
This look offers a trendy take on having a bench at the foot of the bed by using two poufs instead. Having two poufs in complementary styles but totally different looks is a great way to add character to a neutral color design, or bedroom with minimalist style. They are super versatile and you can move them around wherever needed. It’s a very casual and fun seating idea! The seats are soft and comfy and make an inexpensive addition to small bedrooms.
For solo seating, we love this simple dining style chair on the side of the room. It’s practical for those who have an occasional need to sit or set things down (i.e. clothes and bags that you don’t want to toss on the floor!). It is more for aesthetic value since it’s not super functional like a lounge chair. This is great if you have an extra dining chair you don’t use and need to give it a new home (you can easily pull it back into the dining room when hosting large dinner parties). This type of seating can feel casual or more formal depending on the chair style, but it’s a simple, understated look all around.
Who doesn’t love a chaise lounge for reading and relaxing? This large chaise is placed on one side of the bedroom and makes a perfect lazy lounge area. Bear in mind that it’s a large piece of furniture that takes up significant space, however! And it’s only a one-seater, but if you have pets or kids who love to snuggle with you while you read or have your morning coffee, it is a great choice. This type of seating is less formal because it’s all about providing maximum comfort and casual chill-out vibes.
If you want to try something unique for your master bedroom seating, consider this look! The two modern and comfy chairs fit proportionally with the width of the bed, creating a lovely space for two people to sit and chat or relax. It’s great for medium and smaller bedrooms because the chairs don’t take up a ton of space. It feels plush and comfy, but the symmetry makes it elegant and formal so it can blend into a variety of styles!
Bay Windows For Two
These two identical armchairs in the bay window of the bedroom are great for bedrooms with an awkward nook, unused inlet, or bay window. The nook creates a more private bedroom sitting area that is great for intimate conversations, reading, or just hanging out in the sunlight! This type of seating offers comfy furniture to lounge in and is really easy to add to a bedroom layout like this.
This look features consoles used as nightstands for a smart and subdued way to add seating in your bedroom. It’s an awesome idea for maximizing floor space because it allows seating to be tucked away under the “desk.” That way you have an upholstered bench, a desk and a nightstand on each side of the bed. It’s a trendy, compact and casual seating area that can be used as a writing desk, sitting area to put shoes on, makeshift vanity space, and more. This is a great idea if you’re looking for an alternative to nightstands!
This bench at the end of the bed is different from common options for a bedroom because it has a back and arms. As a seating area, it’s way more comfortable and formal than a typical bench. It’s a great idea for casual sitting at the end of the bed and it feels informal but still offers an elegant and sophisticated look to the room. The pouf offers a place to prop up feet—or you can even use it as a side table.
Rest and Retreat
If you have lots of extra space in your bedroom, consider these large upholstered armchairs. Placed in the bay window, they offer seating for two and each person has their own large chair to kick back and get comfy in. It’s great for morning coffee, reading, and enjoying the natural light. A shared side table and pouf offer additional surface area and comfort. This type of seating is super plush and relaxing, as long as you have the room for furniture pieces like this!