Shelves and storage spaces under the staircase are the best tricks to use the area underneath the stairs. How many considered using the space under your stairs as a working area? Let me answer that and tell you that few people figured this out. It’s all about the stairs; they must be broad enough and straightforward, allowing you to place a table and some small shelves. A laptop or a PC will fit in there without any significant problems. There are two types of office arrangements under the stairs.
Home Office Under The Stairs
The first is facing the wall, positioned along the steps, and the other is perpendicular. Both types focus on maximizing the space available under the stairs as well as possible.
You can mount a door to concentrate on your work without anyone distracting your attention. Sliding doors would be the best choice because it’s not going to take up a lot of space, but they can be expensive. Swing doors, however, may or may not fit or look appealing.
Anyway, with or without doors, perpendicular or not, you can arrange an original home office under your stairs, and that’s excellent news for those who already explored all the other options.
Ways To Utilize The Space Under The Stairs In The Hallway.
Due to its nature, the hallway is like a bustling intersection with streets coming from everywhere. This means that this space can be used to store something that has to be at any moment at hand, depending on what type of situation you are facing and what décor or architecture that space under your stairs from the hallway can be used to expand your décor or as a storage area. An excellent idea that is also handy is to transform that space to store your shoes and clothes for the cold\warm season. You can leave it open or closed with oversized doors.
The inside compartment can easily be divided so every family member can have their place. Storage is not the only option here; you can also use that area to extend your interior setting. I see a lovely couch or a big comfortable armchair working perfectly in that spot or use it to support your favorite decorations. If you care less about style and need extra space for your appliances, sports items, or why not your bike, this is the perfect spot because it is never in your way but, at the same time, very accessible.
Ways To Use The Space Under The Stairs In The Living Room.
Your living room is a little bit more delicate than a hallway. Therefore, the stairs from this area are either very stylish, and any rough modification will ruin the overall look either are made from materials that stand out, as before any significant change to them, or the space around them will destroy the whole thing. In a living room, the secret is not to make something that doesn’t fully integrate into the environment.
Therefore the space under your stairs should be a part of the entire décor but focused more on functionality because, in the end, that’s what we want: some extra space. Have you ever considered making a bookshelf under your living room’s stairs? If you answer “yes,” you did a great job maximizing your space. If the answer is “no,” –why not? It’s not like your books are measuring 3 feet each!
A bookshelf is perfect for that space because you can make the shelves one longer, one shorter, one higher, and one lower, and it will look great, and I am sure your favorite books won’t mind. Decorations can also have their “sanctuary” under the stairs and electronic equipment embellishing the entire living room with color and texture.
Kitchen Design And Storage Ideas Under The Stairs
We recommend utilizing the space under your stairs only in very tight situations when the lack of space is an issue, and you already eliminated all the other options. Using the area under your stairs as a kitchen or at least a part of the kitchen, in my opinion, is a bit on the limit because I am a man who likes to cook a lot and when I’m doing that I don’t want any shoe laces getting in my food not mention dust or dirt.
For those who don’t have a lot of space to play with, that spot can very easily incorporate some appliances, a sink, or a stove above that you can put all your plates and coffee cups on small shelves and spices.
Rack And Shelves Under The Stairs
We agree that shelves and racks are the easiest way to arrange the space under the stairs. Many things can be placed there without the need for heavy furnishing. Shelves can, and it is recommended to be of different sizes and a little bit asymmetrical because the usual square spaces and straight lines don’t necessarily fit in new, modern interiors. On shelves, you can store almost anything. The only thing that matters is the stairs’ location because different spaces call for other items.
For example, in a hallway, you can very easily store a bike or your son’s basketball, but in a living room, the shelves under the stairs can only store small objects that are suited for a place like that; books, photos, decorations, vases, and so on. The space under your stairs represents an extra storage space when you need one, so even if you don’t have anything to put on, build some shelves and use that space. You will always have something to put there.
Cabinets With Doors Under Stairs
Recently cabinets came in different shapes, colors, and materials to fulfill our storage needs. One thing, though, was never attempted, at least until now. Now that we started this topic, we know the unused space under the stairs, so why not build cabinets with doors, locks, and handles over there?
Drawers Built Under Stairs
If you care about your things a lot and you want them organized. If you don’t have the necessary space for them, mounting multiple drawers under the stairs suddenly becomes an exciting idea. Imagine all that space filled with drawers, small drawers, and large drawers. I saw something like this in a tailoring workshop, where because of the tight space, the owner mounted drawers under the access stairs where they kept both fabrics and threads.
They had everything organized vertically with different drawers for different types of fabric as well as for the various types of threads. This is a good idea if you need extra storage space. Drawers are a little more private, and you can organize your things better than on shelves. The entire ensemble of drawers looks excellent on the exterior and adds a bit of sophistication and mystery to the room.
If you like a more complex organizer for your things, you can make big vertical drawers that slide open, and inside, there could be smaller drawers. This would work great if you have two kids and one. Use one big drawer for each one; inside, there could be smaller drawers with shirts, pants, socks, etc.
Racks For Wine Under Stairs Storage
Wine is an essential element of any great dinner. If you like wine and you like having good wine always at hand, you can make a special place for it under the stairs. I always see wine surrounded by wood, maybe because of its origins and how wine was initially stored; in wooden barrels. We can’t find the wine for sale in wooden barrels nowadays, only in glass bottles, and I can’t see a wine rack made from anything else but wood.
Building a rack for wine is not that complicated, and the final product filled with different bottles can serve very well as a decorative element. The rack and individual bottles will draw your guest’s attention. This adds a bit of class and elegance to your décor, making it a warm, welcoming house.
Storage Under Open Wooden Stairs
This next type of storage under the stairs combines perfectly style and functionality. Because the stairs are left open, you can use non-uniform deformations of the wood and other elements to achieve your desired storage units. That type of storage adds enormous texture to the room, with steps, shelves, and items stored underneath. It is truly unique how you can do all that impressive effect and still keep practicality in mind.
People with modern homes would appreciate this type of storage because they are more inclined towards non-conformism, scraping out traditional values, and bringing and implementing new concepts and ideas indoors. This example does just that and transforms something familiar we already know into something else that can still serve as the designed thing with some extra new features. Do not get me wrong; we are not reinventing the wheel here; we are just finding new ways and places for it.
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