There are so many ways to decorate an outdoor space. You can get just as creative with it as an interior space and work with nature to create something truly spectacular. One of my favorite looks that has been gaining popularity lately is sunken outdoor seating.
Sunken seating is when a seating area is built into the ground and requires you to step down into it to reach it. This arrangement is great for a variety of reasons:
- It gives you extra privacy because you’ll be sitting below ground level, creating a more intimate and cozy atmosphere.
- It doesn’t disrupt the view from the house. While regular, ground-level furniture will get in the way of the view from the house windows, sunken seating will allow you to see right over it.
- It is harmonious with the landscape and can be made to look like it is a part of it.
Besides all of these practical advantages, sunken outdoor seating can also look beautiful and stylish depending on the materials and shapes that you choose. It’s very versatile, suiting everything from a rustic landscape to a more modern, minimalist one.
Here are some great examples to inspire you.
Sunken Outdoor Seating Ideas
This beautiful sunken seating area looks like it is floating in the pool.
Source: Jonn Coolidge Interiors
A small but cozy sunken seating area features a modern firepit and fits right into the landscape.
Source: AD Design File
The sunken nature of this seating area creates more privacy in this urban garden.
Source: Disc Interiors via Decor Pad
The charcoal seating and accent wall create a dynamic contrast with the green hedges.
You can climb right into this sunken seating area after a dip in the infinity pool.
Source: Conrad Hotels
There is something so cozy about stepping down into this firepit area after enjoying dinner on the patio.
Source: Playa Vik Jose Ignacio
The curvature and landscaping made this sunken seating area look so natural.
The back part of this sunken seating area serves as the outdoor kitchen and bar area for serving, making the most of the space.
The sunken set-up is perfect for a modern and minimalist space.
Source: Casa Sugar
You can even do a budget-friendly sunken seating area with stacked stone, hedges, gravel and your choice of movable seating.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens
Would you ever consider this for your outdoor space?