1. Shelf Starter
No built-in bookshelves? No problem! Mimic this ladder look with a series of evenly spaced floating shelves. Paint each one all over to match the wall, and use clear acrylic or dark metal bookends to keep your titles in place.
2. Let There Be Light
A floor lamp will get the job done, but an overhead glow is easier on the eyes. Wall sconces direct light without eating up space. If you don’t have the wiring, pick up a few battery-operated ones.
3. Take Comfort
While windows make great backdrops (hello, natural light!), they’re not always the cushiest. Add a seat cushion and a throw pillow or two for some extra padding.
4. Out of Sight
What’s neat? This custom window seat has a deep drawer under the cushion to stow stuff. What’s neater? A store-bought storage bench can do the same thing at a fraction of the cost.
5. Side (Table) Hustle
You’ll need at least one tiny, hardworking table. It’s handy for snacks and drinks, but sturdy styles can double as stools and footrests, too.