This is a really neat alternative to the classic window seat, w/ very nice integrated storage. Would probably only shorten the room by for a window seat. Or could even put a twin-size bed in there. I think that would be nice in a guest bedroom/office.
Maybe that strange nook in the basement! When considering storage space in your basement, get creative in your design. This unique storage unit doubles as fun seating for kids, who can climb up to reach the cozy cushions above!