this would actually be a really fun idea to bring light into the space. a ladder could go against the wall where the metal desk is now with string lights. it would be nice to see walking into the room from the hallway
the built-in bookcase shelf wall is such a great idea. the shelves are different heights and would normally end into a wall. Keeping the right side open creates a larger room, and force your eye to look at your collectables. How to display your shelves.