Shelving unit in triangular alcove
Hi. First time here on this page. Just bought a new table saw for a flooring project but felt a little guilty so I want to make amends by building a set of shelves for pantry items, etc. in an alcove we have going down a set of stairs. It is only 7" deep but it runs about 8' and is 7' high at one end near and 0" at the other end as it is a right-angle triangle. It will not interfere with the stairs. It is a great spot for stocking many items and avoiding a trip to the basement storeroom.
My issue is I'm caught in the middle of making this a masterpiece, fully trimmed out bookcase shelving unit versus a spartan shelving unit. I'm hoping to land somewhere in the middle as this is the first thing you see going down the stairs, so hey, right?
I'm looking for ideas on how to build the shelves, what material to use, spans to avoid deflection, etc. I have two basic ideas: 1) build basic boxes with shelves or 2) build something more "built-in". My heart is with the 2nd option but my head is reminding me I have very limited skills in this area. Would appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks