Asked on Aug 22, 2012

What would you do with this awkward nook?

by TheKimSixFix
I have a very large master bedroom (20x25) but I have this awkward corner with windows that I can't figure out what to do with. Currently we have the bed with the headboard against the wall on the right side of the photo. We could move it elsewhere in the room, but this is the nicest location for privacy reasons.
I considered building in a window seat, but it is just too small. The space is only about 3 feet wide. I am even struggling to figure out a window treatment since the edge of the window is right against the closet wall. I also considered ripping out the closet and eliminating the niche, but there isn't really a place to put in a new closet.
Any ideas?
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What can I do with that corner?
  46 answers
  • Z Z on Aug 22, 2012
    Since it's only three feet wide I'd find a nice chaise lounge to put there. My first thought was a desk for ones computer so you'd have a nice view while online, but you'd have to build one in order to fit that size. Which is possible if you have the tools. I love to read so I chaise would be my number one choice though.

  • Marg C Marg C on Aug 22, 2012
    Tropicals! That would really pretty up that space.

  • Lori J Lori J on Aug 22, 2012
    I thought window seat, even if it is just a small bench. Could be sort of toy box style with a lid that opened on a piano hinge for storage of bedding. That is where my brain goes, because we are so storage short in our own home. I had a similar situation in my own bedroom, but no windows to contend with. I just had my husband build in shelves that will be curtained with vintage linens. Replaced a dresser in a crowded room with hidden tubs for storage. Windows change the argument.

  • Sherry R Sherry R on Aug 22, 2012
    That area has great sun light, so you could make it a garden corner all year round.

  • Di S Di S on Aug 22, 2012
    I would make it into a desk area for writing, drawing or even using my lap top or you could place a built in storage trunk to store extra blankets and such

  • Ally Ally on Aug 22, 2012
    I would seriously consider ripping out half of the closet and putting in ikea pax units only because those windows are the source of light for your room. You could do a his and her if you needed more closet space and even wrap the units around the corner on the left. If that's too much of a pain, then I'd just look for something like a stool or bench, even a small bookcase that fits under the window sills.

  • Pat S Pat S on Aug 22, 2012
    I like the bench idea, or a table and chair: some where to sit and put shoes on or sit and read a book....or a small desk (attach to back to wall and 2 front legs) If there is no worry about privacy in the corner, I'd skip curtains, maybe a wide molding and potted plants on the sill and hang some from the ceiling there, or from swing brackets.

  • Bob H Bob H on Aug 22, 2012
    OK...maybe a bit old-fashioned (and the writer in me), but I would consider a nice little writing nook. It would be a place where I kept my cards and envelopes, stamps and markers, paper and pens, and when I write to friends (yes...snail mail type) I could look out, relax, and share.

  • Elizabeth Hannah Elizabeth Hannah on Aug 22, 2012
    I'd build shelves up to the bottom of the window & use the top for plants. Store books , shoes, etc.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Aug 22, 2012
    a desk nook....with walls on three sides this would be very easy to do and the desk top could be set with cleats...and not need any support legs. You have an electric outlet below so a desk lamp and laptop could be set up as well...a simple hole in the desk top to route the power cords. I quess the architect was having a bad day when they planned the foot print of that room. My daughters room has a nook but not with goofy corner windows. We set up their space with a TV and Stereo in there...they can watch their DVD and listen to music and it does not eat up other space in the room.

  • Leslie D Leslie D on Aug 22, 2012
    I'm with KMS on this one. A small desk area, without legs, and a pretty, simple chair, painted to match your decor.... perhaps a natural live-edge slab would provide warmth and interest. As far as window treatment, some fabric roman shades would soften the harsh corner a bit.

  • TheKimSixFix TheKimSixFix on Aug 22, 2012
    I love the desk idea, but this room is actually attached to a full sized office. (Like less than 10 steps away!) So that is a little redundant. :( The other odd thing about the niche, is that it is almost as deep as it is wide. I do love the idea of reducing the closet length and putting in PAX. We had that closet system in our old house and it was great.

  • Carroll A Carroll A on Aug 22, 2012
    I would put a small table there with a mirror and/or a lamp on it with a chair near it. Reading nook / dressing area.

  • Sharron W Sharron W on Aug 22, 2012
    What's to the left of the closet? The Bedroom door? Do you have any pictures of the rest of the rooms layout?

  • Ellen H Ellen H on Aug 22, 2012
    A nice oversized ottoman the width of the space would give you a perch for putting on socks and shoes and for holding the throw pillows from the bed at night. (It could b a storage ottoman). Coordinate fabric with window treatments. Or a big plant or plant stand with smaller plants.

  • Donna R Donna R on Aug 22, 2012
    I like Carroll A.'s idea of a table with a lamp. A lamp in the window always looks nice and then a comfy chair, at an angle in front of the table. As Carroll said, a reading/dressing area. Actually, all the ideas are great. The possibilities of a little corner like that are endless when it comes to this crowd!

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Aug 22, 2012
    Plants would do really nice with that window exposure :), Something big and luscious! It will also give you better air to breath.

  • Sharron W Sharron W on Aug 23, 2012
    Well I like the idea of a little shelf for small pots and a Hanging pot above myself....

  • TheKimSixFix TheKimSixFix on Aug 23, 2012
    A table with a lamp is what is there now.. On the other side of the closet is the office, and from where the picture is shot is another wall and the entrance to the bathroom. Here are some more pics (this is not my furniture.. it is an MLS listing photo)

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Aug 23, 2012
    Instead of making anything permanent...any construction would harm your floor and at a later date be more trouble! I would look for one of those oversized ottomans where the cover comes off for storage to hold extra blankets and/or pillows and use it as a place to sit and put on socks and shoes as Ellen has suggested. At night it could serve as a place to hold your extra pillows and bedspread. What is built in today is out of use tomorrow and it takes effort and money to redo. Furniture can be a temporary solution and can be changes with the trends!

  • Carmen G Carmen G on Aug 23, 2012
    Desk nook with plant on the desk or a tallboy style dresser

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Aug 23, 2012
    Beth B...I went to that blog site and it took FOREVER to load...the status bar keep showing waiting for this and that ad server...Not sure if Debbie the blog owner knows or not but that many ads on blog page are just annoying.

  • Maria  D. M Maria D. M on Aug 23, 2012
    this is your house? how is the floor in the closet, is it the same as the rest of the room? can you relocate the closet next to the outlet? if not maybe one nice chair & a hanging plant?

  • Jennifer rizzo Jennifer rizzo on Aug 23, 2012
    A small desk and chair would be nice and cozy.

  • Jennifer rizzo Jennifer rizzo on Aug 23, 2012
    BTW way, your site loaded fast and fine for me. If cookies aren't cleared or a server needs updating, that would be one of the causes of slow loading pages.

  • Tesa Ewing Tesa Ewing on Aug 23, 2012
    I would put a window seat with a padded top. This could give you some storage and a place to sit to put on shoes, etc.

  • Becky from Practips Becky from Practips on Aug 23, 2012
    Depending on your budget for improvements, consider creating a walk-in closet incorporating the window. No need for window treatments, and it brings natural light into your closet. If the other window in the room provides enough light, it may be a great solution. Good luck!

  • Tina I Tina I on Aug 23, 2012
    I agree with Tessa! I vote window seat with storage! You could pull a lap table over to you to work on the laptop & be able to look out the window! Snuggle up in it with blanket, hot coco & cat in the winter!

  • TheKimSixFix TheKimSixFix on Aug 24, 2012
    @Beth B It loaded quick for me, but I too am part of Blogher. @Maria D It is my house, but it is a duplex so I cannot close up the windows or move them or anything that would change the exterior facade. The floor of the closet is actually Cedar, not oak. I would have to repair the floors.

  • Marg C Marg C on Aug 24, 2012
    I'm not thrilled with how slow the Blogger network loads! my cookies and cache are cleaned on a regular basis to no avail with blogger!

  • Delores Lmt Delores Lmt on Aug 24, 2012
    Desk for computer work, chair for reading, shelf unit, or a nice big plant.

  • Ruth O Ruth O on Aug 24, 2012
    A beautiful floor plant, maybe a tall ficus or palm would love that sun. Most people put them in the darkest corners they have and wonder why nothing grows.

  • Lisalynn Lisalynn on Aug 25, 2013
    I would say a reading nook.. :-) a floor lamp.. curtain.. small (flat ) shelves.. along the sides.. small rug.. & footstool..

  • Penny F Penny F on Mar 16, 2015
    I would just hang a spider plant there and put a small table there with a couple of other plants. They clean the air wonderfully.

  • Irene Irene on May 22, 2015
    I would add a small round table with a plant on top and call it a day, there is no real room for a reading nook or at least it wouldn't be for me.

  • Trixie63 Trixie63 on Aug 24, 2015
    What about ripping out the closet and building a bigger one (walkin) incorporating the windows. You could put your vanity under the windows. Or a dressing bench or even a desk.

  • Carole Bisby Carole Bisby on Oct 13, 2015
    I would find a night stand or small table with drawers, something that is colorful according to your room color and set a lamp and family pictures, drawers are always good for storing. Curtains I would put either a swag valance long on one end only on each window or a valance that goes along both windows, they sell a bar that is all in one that can connect in the corner where the two windows meet. Please let us know what you come up with, curious!!!

  • Mar2473639 Mar2473639 on Oct 13, 2015
    Move that closet.

  • Pat Croley Pat Croley on Oct 28, 2015
    Use a pretty dresser with 2 or 3 drawers for more storage and put a nice plant on it or hang one from the ceiling. Or you could find a small streamlined chair with a very small table for your coffee cup and a book to read. Drape a window scarf from the closet corner around the window corner and bring it down on the bedroom side. Or just use two small bright valances to match your bedroom.

  • Connie Connie on Nov 22, 2015
    Forget window treatment. A nice taller plant would work wonders and still allow light into the room. Let us see what u decide to do.

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Nov 22, 2015
    If possible, move that closet to the opposite wall allowing full access to that wall for a beautiful headboard. Window light is priceless. I'd hang sheers from the ceiling to the floor, add a little round table in that corner with an orchid.

  • Sillysyl Sillysyl on Nov 22, 2015
    Where is the entrance to the room

  • Elaine753 Elaine753 on Dec 03, 2015
    I would just use valances on the windows and get a nice tall (real or fake) plant. It would look perfect in the corner. If you get a real one you can use an up light for the plant plus it would give the corner a romantic feel. Valances could match your bed linens.

  • Sheryl Hurst Monroe Sheryl Hurst Monroe on Apr 19, 2016
    Put a shelf to make a small desk as I see there is a plug on the wall. You could also build several shelves and put baskets in them for additional storage

  • Darlene Clonts Darlene Clonts on Jul 02, 2016
    put a tiny pretty hanging light and a comfy reading chair in the space

  • Rose Work Rose Work on Apr 12, 2021