Every home has hidden areas that could be used better, especially underneath windows; so why not try making window-seat storage areas yourself? Create cozy window-nook seating, storage, and display areas using these simple decorator tips.
Better Homes & Gardens online features window seats that “wow” in both of these wasted-space alcoves demonstrated in “Make Use of Every Space”, and “Bring Comfort to Small Spaces”, by creating livable areas, and extra storage with bonus seating. Or use in the kitchen to conceal storage behind drawers and within cupboards, as shown in how to “Utilize Drawers”.
A wall-unit shelving system, surrounding windows, looks easy to construct for storage with a shadow-box display of books, and collectibles as in “Highlight Storage”. And it might be as simple as removing cupboard doors or drawers, to accomplish the same easy-access storage cubes as in “Look to Underused Spots”
If you rent, or are not inclined to do your own carpentry, then use what you have, or add flea-market finds. “Refreshed Roller Shades” and “Plate Panache” shows how simple it is to create window seating from re-purposed benches, but you could also use an old steam-punk-style travel trunk, or cushioned ottoman. These are easy to find, refinish, and refurbish inexpensively when you do it yourself, as this painted bench with wall collectibles shows in “Put it On Display”.
Furniture pieces and mirrors, or artwork, can be used to create faux-window seating, and open up a small, unused area as needed. Re-purpose a tall entryway hall-tree organizer like this one in “Get a Move On”, and try adding a large mirror below the hooks to give the appearance of window seating, while opening up the entry alcove with a feeling of more space.
If using cushioned ottomans as suggested above, skip this part because your cushions are built right in, and probably match your sofa or décor beautifully. However built-ins or miscellaneous furniture pieces will require cushions, which can be purchased if standard sizes fit, or use lots of throw pillows from matching, or coordinating fabrics as shown in “Conceal Pet Gear”.
Make your own cushions if you sew, or purchase form-fitting cushions, based upon the dimensions, to match your color-schemes and decorating style . For decorator throw pillows, follow the tips and techniques as shown in “Quick Decorator Pillows for Bed or Couch”, and turn this into a family-fun project by enlisting your kids help, as instructed in “Kids Hand-Stitched Applique Christmas Gift Pillows: Creating Family Heirlooms” while saving yourself a lot of money.