Good Questions: Extra Space in Awkwardly Shaped Room?

Darcie is looking for some ideas: Help us, AT!! We live in Chicago in a renovated 4-room duplex. The front room is split by a staircase leaving an awkward space on the side of the room. We've lived here for two years and never go back into this space! How can we utilize this space so that we'll have a reason to use it?...
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The comfortable chairs scream "reading area", but none of us really have the time to spend reading unless it's in bed before we fall asleep. Please help us make this space work!

Please share your ideas and suggestions on what to do with this space in the comments...

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