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This is a great example of integration. So often, window seats are set off on their own, which is great for deep contemplation, but sometimes you want to sit near a window AND be part of the action.
This one makes the window seat an armless sofa of sorts, offering additional seating for parties and family gatherings.
I can imagine spending a sleepless night gazing out the window from my perch on this built-in bench. The placement in the room (and its generous length) make it a go-to conversation destination.
I especially appreciate the fact that the lines from the drawers under the adjacent bookcase match up with those of the drawers in the bedroom, implying that this bench was no mistake.
It doesn't hurt that this view is phenomenal (thanks, San Francisco Bay Area, for being so gorgeous), but the built-in chaise-style window seat is a wonderful idea for maximizing water- and bridge-gazing time with a book and a blanket. Of course, I also love the subtle drawers at the base for stashing extra pillows and blankets for those cooler days and nights.
There's no reason not to make a window seat an actual sofa for maximum comfort. I'm seeing this idea working well in a small space — a studio apartment, for instance — where every piece of furniture has to function in several different ways. Having friends over and need lots of seating? Use it as a sofa. Having an intimate dinner? Pull up a table. Have an overnight guest? A soft built-in sofa is so much better than a blow-up mattress.
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