Windows sills aren't smack dab in the middle of a room, but they are still prime real estate — just think of all that light from the windows and view of the outdoors. Don't overlook the opportunity to do more with this seemingly small and narrow space. These seven project ideas not only expand the sill's usefulness, they also give your windows a more finished look.
Terrain featured the custom fit window boxes, shown above, from The Sill. They fit perfectly within the window frame, are easy to make and perfect for herbs and other plants.
This DC apartment bedroom, which belongs to Christine of StyleMuttHome, was cleverly tricked out with a large shelf bracket which covers the existing window sill and acts as a work space.
I don't have a cat, but I do have a little dog that would totally love this DIY perch from Copper Dot Interiors. If only there was a mini spiral staircase leading up to it. There's also a cushioned pillow that fits it perfectly.
Make use of all the vertical space provides with a tiered shelving unit, like this one from A Beautiful Mess that's used for plants.
The raised shelf on Chris' bedroom window sill serves two purposes. It lifts the surface so you can actually see and reach what lives there. It also creates a two-tiered system that doubles the storage space.
Paint the insides of the window and sills a bright vibrant color in an otherwise all-white room. The yellow in this showcase from Levis paint company was done to promote their paint, but the idea is easily transferable to your home.
Attach a cut piece of countertop and it can serve as either a breakfast bar or an added work surface in the kitchen. Emily of Small Stuff Counts used fixed brackets but you can upgrade to the foldable kind and store it away when it's not in use.
Re-edited from a post originally published 6.14.16