A French Mattress-Style Cushion for my Window Seat

One of the little details of our home that made me fall in love with it is the large bay window seat in the living room:

I’ve wanted a window seat for as long as I can remember. Seriously. While other little girls my age were dreaming about the newest Barbie doll, I was dreaming about having a window seat in my room where I could pile on the pillows and curl up and read. In all of the 20+ houses/apartments/dorm rooms that I’ve lived in, I’ve never had one. But now that I do, I can’t wait to create the beautiful, comfy window seat that I’ve pictured in my mind for years and years. 
The first step? Replacing the window seat cushion. The cushion that’s there now is too thin and uninviting. It just doesn’t beckon you to curl up on it, does it? And while the cushion fabric is fine, 

it would look awful with these drapes from our old dining room that I plan to hang on either side of the window:

So the wimpy window cushion definitely has to go. What would I like to replace it with? A French mattress-style cushion like in Lauren Liess’ to-die-for window seat from the 2011 DC Design House:

{Lauren Liess}
{Lauren Liess}
French mattress-style cushions have beautiful rolled edges and couldn’t be more inviting. Who wouldn’t want to hang out on a rainy afternoon in this cozy window seat?:
{Todhunter Earle}

If you love the French mattress look, you don’t have to have a window seat to use one – this style of cushion also looks beautiful (and super comfy, cozy) on daybeds and couches:

{David Michael Miller}
{David Michael Miller}
{Deborah French Designs}
{W Magazine}

as well as chair cushions:

{Vintageweave Interiors}

There are a few places where you can find ready-made cushions in this French mattress style, including Ballard Designs, which carries these Farmhouse Stool & Bench Cushions:

and Pottery Barn, which sells a French mattress-style Upholstered Daybed Mattress in a black ticking stripe or honey:

As far as getting a custom sized French mattress-style cushion made, I’ll soon find out how hard it is to find someone who can make one. I’ve read that designers often have them made by small mattress companies rather than upholsterers but that sounds like $$$ to me. My plan is to start by talking to some local upholsterers and go from there – I’ll let you know what happens along the way. Of course, if you have any personal experience or advice, please share!

Update: A follow-up post with info on our new French mattress-style cushion and where you can have them made can be found {here}


  1. says

    Oh…I love these! Lauren Liess’ window seat from the 2011 DC Design House is amazing. I would love to have a place like this to curl up and read or just nap on a rainy day. :) Good luck finding someone to make one for you. {hmmm…wonder how hard it would be to make this a diy project?}

    • says

      I considered DIY for about um.. 0.2 seconds only because my sewing expertise ends at sewing on a button or stitching in a straight line. I’d bet a more handy sewer than me could make a version of this with a little DIY effort though!

  2. says

    Oh my gosh I love these! I’ve always dreamed of a window seat too! Thanks for sharing the idea I’m going to have to find a place for one. I want to build a porch swing bed and this would be perfect for that!

  3. Brenda says

    Did you find someone to make your french matress? I am in the same position. If you did how thick, what was the matress interior material. I’m leaning towards a truckers matress, foam and memory, but no way to make it into a french matress with tuffets. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Kris @ Driven by Decor says

      Hi Brenda, I did end up finding someone to make one and it turned out great. It was a local woman who specializes in making cushions – she had never made a french mattress cushion before but I have her several pictures and she did a great job figuring it out. I believe that she used foam wrapped in Dacron for the base. Here’s the link to my post that shows our new cushion and has a little more information about pricing: http://www.drivenbydecor.com/2014/06/our-french-mattress-style-window-seat.html

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