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.
LOFT SPACE AS AN ART STUDIO; Loft and library combined: Rustic and industrial make a happy marriage in designer Jill Sharp Brinson's Atlanta house. Her 1936 cottage's old barn beams to define the loft and steel shelves for books. From House Beautiful