child reading on a radiator cover window seat
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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November: Warmed-Up Window Seat

Older homes often have radiators tucked under windows to chase off the chill, and while they certainly do the job, they also take up precious floor space. But you can easily transform this spot into a cozy little reading nook with a view. Just box in the radiator with a prefabricated or DIY cover and add a few comfy throw pillows. Make sure the seat is at least 2 inches above the top of the radiator—so that you won't get scorched—and that the surround is vented to funnel heat into the room. Don't be surprised if your new window seat becomes a hangout spot for the kids. It's a perfect place to daydream.

Radiator cover/ window seat, courtesy TomKat Fine Woodworking;
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