This is a perfect combo of my two favorite ideas for that space under the stairs leading to the basement. A reading nook AND book storage and shelves . assuming that there is enough space for this there.
hallway table for-the-home. I love the tall candle holders! This would work in any hallway with a minimum of - you need at least of walk space. Very long hallways could even have two or more areas like this. It's also good for small or narrow entry way.