Smart Under-Stairs Storage

How to Use Under-Utilized Space

If you’ve got a two-story home, the sometimes neglected space under your staircase may provide an ideal spot for some smart under-stairs storage. Because really, what home couldn’t use more storage? Here are some great options for the space under your staircase:

Stealthy Storage

This stylish example of drawers and cabinets demonstrates the important role that paint and hardware play in matching the surrounding decor. This is an ideal spot for storing games, wrapping paper, craft supplies and other essentials you may want to access easily.

Petite Powder Room

Who wouldn’t love an extra bath? Adding extra square footage can be cost-prohibitive, but the space under your stairs can perfectly accommodate such a luxury. Elegant details, like the graphic wallpaper and subway tile seen here, lend a sense of refinement to this cozy room.

The Ultimate Bookcase

In homes where a narrow staircase makes a powder room or deeper storage infeasible, a fabulous bookcase can be built-in with ease. You could choose a cubby style, as shown here, or opt for shelves that vary in height and width to accommodate both books and decorative objects.

Covert Kitchen Pantry

Most cooks dream of a pantry with floor-to-ceiling shelves and ample room for canned goods, baking supplies, and all manner of kitchen necessities. Did those dreams reveal that such a space could be built under a staircase. If your staircase is near your kitchen, this may be just the solution for you. In this clean-lined storage space, the large wooden doors were stained a pleasing spring green, adding an upbeat, modern sense to the space.

A Wall of Wine

Oenephiles, rejoice! Custom shelving built under a staircase can give you the “wine cellar” you always wanted, without making you head to the basement every time you want to raise a glass. And that’s if you even have a basement. This eye-catching arrangement is likely to be a conversation starter among family and friends as well. Just make sure with this solution, the storage space isn’t near any heater vents!

Cozy Home Office

Do you lack the space for a dedicated home office? Why not claim the space under the stairs as your own? A pretty chair, a work surface attached to the wall, an outlet for your electronics, and a cork board for pinning inspirational messages are all you need to create a fun and functional home office.

Streamlined Entertainment Center

Depending on where your staircase is located, this can be an very smart under-stair storage solution. The depth under a staircase can be sufficient for a  built-in entertainment center that houses a flat-screen TV, and a bookcase to boot, along with drawers for remotes, movies, and game accessories. Just bring the popcorn!

Cozy Reading Nook

We love cozy nooks, and this one combines a bit of storage with a cool little hideaway. A simple banquette piled with pillows and lit from above with a wall sconce is a tempting spot to curl up with a favorite book. When you’re done reading, you can tuck your book or magazines into shelves or cabinets below.

Mini Mudroom

An open staircase can make a perfect mini mudroom — a place to park all kids of stuff that sometimes gets left by the front door. Wood trim studed with upcycled door knobs catches the coats and backpacks, while cubbies under a bench stash hats, groves, and scarves.


Cocktails, anyone? The built-ins in this smart under-stairs storage solution create a superb spot for all happy hour essentials. a mini fridge to keep wine and beer chilled, shelves for glassware, a cabinet for liquor, and a countertop to put it all together. Cheers!


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Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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