built-in window seat and shelves

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Our playroom just isn’t working quite as well as I think it could.  I guess by definition it’s doing its job.  It’s a room that gets played in.  I see so much more potential though!  I can’t get the idea of a built-in window seat and shelves out of my head.

Here’s what the playroom currently looks like.  Props to the kids for picking up, but stuff is crammed everywhere.  Here’s where I’m picturing the built-in window seat with storage below and shelves along the sides.

We originally had an old couch with a slipcover sitting up against the window wall, which looked so much nicer than this current set up.  But, while the extra seating was nice, the loose slipcover drove me insane and toys were always getting lost behind the back of the couch.  Every day I pulled that thing away in search of a toy.  We ended up donating the couch, and then I built this table so the kids could have a place to put their legos together (instead of taking over our dining room).  I intended on getting some chairs for the table and never got around to it.
This “storage” side of the room is somewhat functional.  I want to donate like every single one of those stuffed animals.  OVER THEM.  My thought is that all of this (minus the breading stuffed animals) could be stored under the new window seat and shelves on the window wall.  I would then place their lego table on this wall.


Here’s what’s inspiring me:

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I think it could be really great!  And, it will perfectly transition to a more grown up lounge area when they’re older.  Can’t beat that.
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  1. Cassie Bustamante Avatar

    oooh yes! i love this plan! i had wanted to do something similar in our dining room but we got the daybed instead at least for now!

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      I love your dining room daybed!!! I can totally envision a builtin there now 🙂

  2. Aja Avatar

    Our playroom looks the same! So thankful to have it, but MAN! I swear those toys multiply overnight! I love the look of built-ins with a bench! I want to do something similar down the line. Are you going to tackle it yourself or hire out? I big puffy heart all these inspiration pics. 🙂

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      Well, I stink at responding! Sheesh! Yes, the toys do multiply, and I'm O-V-E-R it. The plan is to do it myself, but honestly I'm a little scared. I don't want to pay for someone to do it though, so I'm going to have to pull my big girl panties up and suck it up 😀

  3. Becky {This Is Happiness} Avatar

    Love this idea! I need to work on our playroom too, but it's a ways down the long list of house projects.

    1. CrazyWonderful Avatar

      I am so sorry I'm just now responding!!! The playroom is always the last on the list. It never stays clean, no one ever sees it, and while it's a fun place for kids it just isn't for us grown ups 😀

  4. Franklin Stewart Avatar

    I say go for the window seat! I was skeptical when my wife wanted one and I thought it wouldn't get used. Though I hate to admit she was right, she was. We don't have as much shelving on the sides (our room was more narrow), but just the space under the seat can store a ton of toys.

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