Put book cases on either side of a window and create a nook.
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Bookshelf Storage Bench: Turning a simple IKEA bookshelf on its side to create a storage bench seat.
screw-snap attached to built-in window bench www.millerupholstering.com
White washed would be awesome
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"Mud room - storage in bench." Love it. I might opt for drawers down below instead since there will probably be stuff on top of the bench at any given time. Great craftsmanship, too.