Reading lounge in the dining room.
When dinner is over and the dishes are cleared, Seattle architects Anna and Keith Nissen's dining room doubles as a comfortable reading lounge. With bookshelves above and a magazine stash behind a 10-foot-long banquette, reading material is close at hand.
Made by a professional sofa builder, the banquette is long enough to let both owners put up their feet. After the rigid frame of 3/4-inch plywood was set in place, exposed sections of the built-in were covered with 1/2-inch gypsum board painted and trimmed to match other wall surfaces.
The plywood seat platform is 14 inches from the floor in front and slopes down 1 3/4 inches toward the rear. The 14-inch-high back has a 19| slant.
A tightly spaced base of zigzag springs provides a firm but resilient seat. The nearly flat springs are mounted to the top of 2 by 4's screwed to the front and back of the platform. Seat cushions (24 by 33 inches) are 5-inch-thick, medium-firm foam; 2-foot-square back cushions are soft-grade foam. Cushions were covered with several layers of soft polyester batting, then upholstered in wool.
Photo: Long bank of books runs above dining room banquette. Bottom to top, shelves are 7, 9 1/2, and 12 inches deep; upper two are supported on metal brackets
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|Date:||Mar 1, 1984|
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