Take advantage of a corner configuration and combine charming occasional seating with handsome open storage. This L-shaped bench—its mirror image flanks the other side of the hearth—offers a convenient spot to stash photo albums and magazines, and invites small groups to gather around the fireplace. A low half-wall at the end of the seat makes a perfect armrest and provides a handy place to set down a drink.
Tip: Don't let an existing heat register or baseboard unit derail your window seat plan. Extending the ductwork to relocate the register or swapping in a toekick heater is a simple job for any HVAC professional.