I want to do this for my kids to make reading exciting - for every stair, we'll read the book. Staircase to Knowledge by sungazing: Stairway to the reading room at The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum in Kirkwood, MO
Built in idea for the dining room door! Oh how I love built ins. Ikea Shelves Into Built-in Bookcases :: I really love this. You could turn any room into a library with this idea. And you don't need ikea for it, either.
Simple built-in to create a mudroom and/or storage anywhere from an entry, to kids room or in a laundry room by adding shelves or a deeper bench for sitting. Put drawers under bench or have the seat lift up to store things.