What a great trick! When the curtains are drawn, they give the room a more formal look, when opened, they reveal a casual storage bench alcove.
A side by side front loading w/d set opens up the opportunity for a work counter.
Every loft apartment I've ever been in seems to have some odd little spot like this that is crying out to be used. Here it becomes the perfect wine bar. The racks of clear bar glasses above keeps the view from the window open.
Carving out a niche in the wall and covering it with gorgeous wood is another great way to create a bar.
This small high top table takes advantage of the window in this kitchen corner.
This compact woodstove makes a warm fire possible in the last place anyone I could have imagined.
This cozy spot takes advantage of a space formerly completely hogged by a radiator. The upper shelf is a great idea, and the coordinating bins keep it looking neat and elegant.
In this one-room studio, curtains can hide the bunk beds by day and provide a bit of privacy at night.
Don't waste the upper space when you have high ceilings. A library ladder allows access to shelves that kiss the ceiling.
This jutting closet provides the perfect niche for a built-in desk and shelves.