What to do with deep dormers

In my bedroom in my new home, there are a couple of odd/deep dormer spaces: one in a weird corner I plan to use as an office area, and one more in the middle of the wall. I thought about putting a window seat in the one in the middle, but am at a loss as to what to do with the other. (I will be painting, no worries) Any suggestions?
Weird corner
Dormer I'd like to put a window seat in
  28 answers
  • Alexis Frey Alexis Frey on Oct 07, 2016
    I think I would make it a closet.
  • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Oct 07, 2016
    I love it!! You are lucky! I would go office area in one and built in storage area (dresser/ shelves) under the window in the other with house plants sitting on top. I am so curious about the rest of your house now! Good Luck!!
    • Patti Phillips Dutton Patti Phillips Dutton on Oct 07, 2016
      The rest of the house has decorating choices just as horrid as that yellow paint in those pictures, but it has good bones. It'll be a long process to get it where it needs to be. Thanks!
  • Tracy Tracy on Oct 07, 2016
    Mine are wider but not as deep but I did window seats.
  • Gmize Gmize on Oct 07, 2016
    How about a dressing area? You could hang full length mirrors on both walls. Would be great to check front and back of an outfit. The mirrors will help reflect natural light throughout the room.
  • Lkt9844835 Lkt9844835 on Oct 07, 2016
    I saw one turned into a childs reading nook. Here's some images. https://www.google.com/search?q=dormer+to+chi...
  • Pam Mariner Good Pam Mariner Good on Oct 07, 2016
    Do you like to read? I think the reading nook would be a great idea. My first thought would be to make a cushioned window seat with pillows along the sides and back and use the space below the seat as a bookshelf.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Oct 07, 2016
    Play Kardashian. Put up a nice little mirror and hang jewelry, handbags, scarfs etc.. to sparkle in the light, and use it as your 'accessory' space.
  • MK McDonald MK McDonald on Oct 08, 2016
    I've seen large bedrooms that include a coffee/tea station for those days you don't want to go all the way downstairs in the morning , but just snuggle in bed with a drink. They have little built in fridges and some have a small sink.
  • I think the window seat is a great idea for the second one, but for the "weird corner" I'd put a small writing desk under the window with a nice chair. Add a pretty lamp and plant - what a beautiful view! You could also place a collection of small mirrors on the one wall to reflect the light.
  • Suze Suze on Oct 08, 2016
    block off the window from the inside, make the space into a closet. who doesn't need more storage?
  • Kelvin Kelvin on Oct 08, 2016
    Throw a large bean bag down and use it just as a relax or to read or on ya laptop . A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE THAN A CHAIR
  • Wyldecent Wyldecent on Oct 08, 2016
    If your planning on using this as office space, long shelves for book, etc would look nice and add function. A row of file cabinets would work too. If you like plants you could make a mini-solarium in there.
  • Larkatchi Larkatchi on Oct 08, 2016
    I had the same thing. I had a cabinet man to make window boxes with drawers, mine had three drawers. I added a lamp and a couple of cushions propped on the other side. I was pleased with the results. It gave me storage and added design to the room. My woodwork was white, so I made them white also.
  • Msc12149616 Msc12149616 on Oct 08, 2016
    I have a larger nook, and I put a bed in it, looks great, sleep is wonderful with the window cracked open a little.... your nook looks like it would hold a single, make it a lounging, nap area :)
  • Beverly Johnson Beverly Johnson on Oct 08, 2016
    I would love this project! I would paint those 3 walls an eye popping color, (orange is my favorite!) build/buy a narrow bench( from pallets), make/buy a coordinating covered cushion with matching curtain. I would get a small table just big enough to hold a small lamp.(you could stack 2 wooden crates, painted or not) I would use this area as a reading nook.
  • Marilyn Zaruba Marilyn Zaruba on Oct 08, 2016
    I'm a book freak and would add shelving on two or three sides, depending on how big the area actually is, and put in a small library with pictures above. I think you are very fortunate to have these little bonuses...gives the house character.
  • Catherine Bridges Catherine Bridges on Oct 08, 2016
    If you have a hobby I would make a small hobby/ craft nook. Example: if sewing in you thing then a wooden shelf held up by brackets for seeing machine. Use a piece of plywood with diagonal doll rods about an 1 1/2" long spaced evenly thru top half with a couple curtain rods at the bottom for fabric.. You would still have space for other notions on the board by apply hooks or some type of storage attached to the underside of the shelf-Goid much-Get creative
  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Oct 08, 2016
    Does it have lots of sunlight exposure and do you like plants?You could make a floor to ceiling shelf unit out of pallets.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Oct 08, 2016
    Looks nice and bright. A couple of plants hanging in the window. Small table for crafts or a sewing corner. Where the chair is you could put a file cabinet for your office or a bookcase/storage boxes for craft supplies.
  • Mary Mary on Oct 08, 2016
    Is it wide enough for a small mattress on a platform with storage beneath it for a cozy nook? Add a wall light and some overhead shallow bookshelves
  • June Broome June Broome on Oct 08, 2016
    We had a built in desk in the area under the sloping ceiling with lighting and book shelf above. We had a window seat for storage under the window.
  • B Rasberry B Rasberry on Oct 08, 2016
    We have build in window seats with storage in ours. I put cushions and pillows in them. Great place to sit and read!
  • Pam Pam on Oct 08, 2016
    Definitely window seat... Take advantage of light. Small corner desk or as I have corner computer table with a light above and during the day the light from window would be at your back. Use a light calming wall color.
  • Gayle Gayle on Oct 09, 2016
    We have a deep dormer just like this. I'm making this room into my projects room, so I needed some shelving. I had a carpenter cut into the studs and insert 3 feet wide matching shelving flush with the wall. They're holding junk right now, but will come in very handy when the room is finished. I also had him put in a window seat which will have a cushion on it---plan to put utility boxes holding project materials under it. Here's a pic---not beautiful yet, but I think you can get the idea. I couldn't stand the idea of having wasted space.
  • Jayme Love Jayme Love on Oct 11, 2016
    In the "weird corner" you could always hang something for storage. Like a shoe rack (that has the pockets instead of the rods) for you office or crafting supplies.
  • Ada Ada on Oct 11, 2016
    whatever you do, do not block the light. I will make it a quiet reading place. a comfy seat, a reading light for the night, a place to be still. of course you can do multipurpose seat, such as window seat with storage.
  • Melody Lane Buller Melody Lane Buller on Oct 12, 2016
    With all the light, I'd add a hanging planter and a window seat
  • Rpb7960190 Rpb7960190 on Oct 12, 2016
    I would love that much space to make myself an office with a few.