How To Make the Most of Cubby Space?

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Q: I live in a 1 bedroom apartment with a home office with my boyfriend and a friend. My boyfriend and I got the home office, so… no windows. The room isn't tiny, and we've arranged it quite nicely to work for two people. However...

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...the wall that is perpendicular to the door, and opposite the bed, has a strange feature: a large overhang with a built-in cubby space. It hangs out over the A/C unit, and has quite a bit of space inside. Currently, we are using it store off-season clothing in bins, but mostly, it has accumulated knickknacks. My boyfriend wants to turn it into a small closet for his shirts, but I think we can do better. What do you recommend for this bizarre room feature? We love the apartment and are determined to make the most of the setup.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.