Platforms may not be the first solution we go to when it comes to separating a room (we rely on less labor-intense options...like rugs), but they really do a bang-up job when it comes down to it. Not only do they give homes--lofts, especially--some needed interest with the varying levels, but you can also take advantage of possible storage space underneath. But even if you don't have the time to build your own platform, you can save space by installing a ledge for a desk instead of a bulky desk.This is perfect for people who don't have to store piles of files--but if you do need a cabinet, you can slide one underneath, customizing how much storage space you actually need.
Another great example of a custom desk ledge is from my dear friends Monika and Loren: They created their shared home office area in the mezzanine of their Oakland loft by adding a ledge underneath the existing one, creating a split-level desk. They divided the work stations by stowing the computer towers, a scanner, and even a small storage locker in between their respective areas.