Staircases take up a lot of space, so why not use them for storage as well. Imagine each step is a box with a hidden drawer in it still allowing for additional storage or home office space beneath the staircase.
DIY:: Stairs- painted tops and bead board facing Tutorial - this is a good idea! But instead of the bead board we could use old tin or barn wood! Or use tin where the bead board is and replace the tops with barn wood!