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:
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.
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!