Simple version for under stairs storage. This would totally work if we gutted the basement as it is now. wAaaay better storage! (Plus, no more dark crawling under the stairs to get at my christmas decorations!)
I have always been a true believer of old fashioned DIY, a couple of brackets and shelves can quickly add horizontal space to any room, utilising a space which is quite often wasted. Better still, if you wanted to hide such an area, why not buy a curtain pole and hang a drape of your choice? Possibly to match the rooms colour scheme, or for the more adventerous add some bold colour to uplift a room!