Possible option for "framing" the window seat in the play area with functional storage, would also add pillows to bench area since window is not as low, and add crown molding to make it appear more built-in
i bought a long piece of molding, Lowes cut it (for free) into four pieces. i nailed then to the wall. You have to make sure the molding is appropriate for your average heel size (most of mine are 2 or 3 inches).
Hang an ironing board on a sliver of blank wall or the back of the laundry room door to save valuable floor space. Mounting an ironing board holder to the wall is a simple solution for a cramped laundry room -- and wall-mount holders set up in seconds.