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Reading lounge in the dining room.

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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