Sitting Pretty.

The wintertime scenery in DC is beautiful, even without leaves on trees and a lack of true blue skies. Recent snowfall in the city was so picturesque, both on the streets and from the views within our own homes. And I hear there is more to come throughout the season. So clean those glass panes and pull up a seat. If you have a classic bay window or a picture window with a gorgeous view, consider creating a stylish perch for a multi-tude of uses – sitting, sleeping, and even storage. This Old House shares some adorable options that also add value to your home. Relax and watch the world go by.

A daybed offers additional sleeping in an alcove. Add shutters to control morning light.

A window seat balances windows and offers book and file storage both behind and below. Add pillows and walls sconces for task light and comfort.

The corner window seats mimic the trim detail of the entertainment unit and have lift off tops hiding twin pull out beds.

The corner window seats mimic the trim detail of the entertainment unit and have lift off tops hiding twin pull out beds.

Cabinetry is sute and allows ease of access to storage. Though more expensive with drawers, built-ins are a worthy investment in any home.

Corner configurations can be charming for occasional seating. This L-shaped bench has open storage and a simple arm rest.

Place a mini-library under your seat by adding dividers into open bookshelves to support your seat and act as bookends. A toe kick elevates it off of the floor.

Got space under a window? Build in a flip-top bench and you've got room to stash extra scarves, gloves, and other coat-closet overflow.

When creating your own special nook, consider a seat depth of at least 22″ and up to 36″.  Use medium-density or firm foam for the core of a cushion and wrap it with cotton batting. Cover it with upholstery-grade laminated fabric or apply a stain-resistant treatment to lighter-weight material. Voila.


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