window seat incorporating drawers for reliable space saving storage
Photo: Susan Gilmore
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Storage Center

A windowed wall of cabinetry bulks up clothing storage in a small bedroom and adds a restful nook for curling up with a book. Though more expensive than a simple flip-top compartment, drawers installed in the space below avoid the inconvenience of having to remove a cushion to reach belongings stowed inside. Drawers can also be a worthy investment for stashing kids' sports gear in a mudroom or place settings in a breakfast room.

Tip: To make a comfortable cushion, get medium-density or firm foam for the core and wrap it with cotton batting. For durability, cover it with upholstery-grade laminated fabric or apply a stain-resistant treatment to lighter-weight material.
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