Needing a little extra space but you’ve run out of ideas? Step up to the space down under — under your stairs, that is. That little triangular area often has nothing going on behind it except raw, blank space you can put to good use. Stash stuff, display stuff, even add a powder room. Here are 8 great ways to take advantage of this overlooked under-stairs storage potential.
Rarely the focal point of a room, the triangular shape of under-stairs space comes out from the shadows when fitted with display shelves and a small storage cabinet. The dual purpose is perfect for small houses where space is at a premium.
8 Genius Ways to Use Stairs as StorageHere’s Lookin’ at You
A reflection on your good taste, this under-stairs closet proudly announces its presence with mirrors cut to fit the angled shape. Positioned near an entryway, the door opens to reveal convenient clothes storage. Mirrors are a good strategy for making small interiors feel larger.
8 Genius Ways to Use Stairs as StorageBooky Nookie
Ever wish you had a place of your own to curl up with a good book? An under-stairs cubby has plenty of height and leg room. Add a comfy cushion and window seat-style storage drawers, and you’ve got the perfect hideaway for your literary pursuits.
Storage cubbies near an exterior door sure are handy for a family on the move. Put school packs, shopping bags, and sunglasses right where you can nab them on your way out the door. Everyone gets their own cubby.
8 Genius Ways to Use Stairs as StoragePlaying Hard to Get
Kids love kid-sized spaces. Make a nifty hideaway in an under-stair nook, and add motion-sensor lighting that turns on when kids crawl inside (better yet, they automatically turn off after Junior exits). When the kids grow up, convert the space to storage.
8 Genius Ways to Use Stairs as StorageThink Big; Work Small
Got a small home but still need an office? Clear out your under-stairs area, add a writing desk, laptop computer, and rolling filing cabinet, and you’ll add a big dollop of functionality to your house.
8 Genius Ways to Use Stairs as StorageA Toast to Smart Storage Solutions
The problem with a decent wine collection? No place to show it off! Now you can have your vino and see it, too! A built-in, temperature-controlled wine rack that hosts 200 bottles costs $5,000 to $10,000.
8 Genius Ways to Use Stairs as StorageBeauty Is Drawer-Deep
Shelves are dandy but storage solution aficionados know that drawers have two big advantages: They pull out for easy access, and their drawer fronts hide any messes from view. A few angled cuts make this gaggle of drawers fit neatly under a stairway.
Image: Richard Hill Interiors Ltd UK
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