This is the area that had me frustrated for some time.
This area is so cute. But unfortunately, some idiot decided to put the heater in that spot. Not like anywhere else made more sense. Our next house will NOT have wall heaters. It really cuts down on your layout options. For example - wouldn't this be a great spot for a cute window seat, or a desk? But then the heater would, of course, be blocked. Of course, even putting a shelf in the area obstructed the heater. Really, I'm not opposed to blocking the heater off a little, but in a baby's room or kids room I'd rather be safe than sorry. Besides, I don't want to pay higher heating bills just because I put something in the way.
I considered building a bookshelf for the area but then one day as I walked around IKEA I got an idea. I bought two of these:
LACK Wall Shelf $29.99
Then I came home and asked my husband to help. He measured, marked, taped and cut. We used painter's tape on the outside of the boards along the line we were going to cut to prevent splinters from the saw. An idea I found on IKEA Hacker.
I love the look of floating shelves and how it looks like built-in shelves. Of course, it's not perfection, but it's a lot more shelving than we had, and I love it. That's all that really matters to me!
I happen to have a dilemma here too though. I feel like it still needs more of a window treatment than just the valance. I want it simple and not overbearing. I also need it to be black-out. Any suggestions?!
I'm linking this to Amanda's Decorating Dilemmas Party at Serenity Now. This is such a cool party.