small benches built beneath windows on either side of a family entertainment system
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn
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Pair of Perches

Small benches on either side of a family room entertainment center create a handsome wall of built-ins that don't impinge on big views and allow for two semiprivate nooks kids can retreat to. The paneled seat fronts mimic the media cabinet doors; jogging them farther into the room adds both comfort and visual interest. These corner units, which take advantage of wraparound views, even have tops that lift up to reveal twin-size pull-out beds for sleepovers.

Tip: A window seat meant for one can be a minimum of 22 inches deep, but if space allows, 30 to 36 inches is more comfortable, with at least 36 inches side to side.
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