What To Do With The Storage Space Under The Stairs
One of my clients (the same one mentioned in yesterday’s post) has recently had to redo her entire basement, resulting in her having to start from scratch in terms of storage arrangements. One area in particular poses an interesting challenge– the space underneath the stairs. After giving it an initial look the other day, I knew further research into the topic would be required.
Examples of the intersection of storage and stairways are robust, but those feature stair storage accessed via the side of the stairs, rather than directly underneath it, as in the case of my client. The angle of approach is everything here, folks.
While some possess an entire room underneath their staircase, my client’s space is modest at best, although decidedly large enough that to neglect to take advantage of it would be a real crime of storage.
What to do with it? I scoured the interwebs for inspiration…
Firstly, I discovered it’s a shame she no longer has young children, nor the imminent arrival of grandchildren, as the space under the stairs appears to make an excellent reading/playnook (occupation voluntary, unlike the for-a-time unwilling permanent denizen of the cupboard under the stairs see: H.P.).
The twinkly-lighted one has got to be my favorite. What else is there to want after such a thing?
Handy homeowners the world over seem naught to be intimidated by their spaces under the stairs, converting them into all out pantries.
And at least two others put the space to good use by fashioning it into a wine cellar. It’s cool under there, wine not? (sorry, that was the lowest).
Others used the area for general spillover household storage, installing shelves on either sides of the slanted walls.
And two more that have been lumped together by me not because they’re remotely in the same category, but because they happen to share a color family, which sometimes is enough; an under-stair office on the left, and on the right, the smallest bathroom you ever did see.
Tell me, do you have a space like this in your house? And like, what have you done with it??Image credits: 1. (counter-clockwise from top) Natalie’s Sentiments, Nurturing The Tender Years, Home By Heidi, 2. (clockwise from top right) At The Picket Fence, BHG, BHG, unknown, Randalls Restoration, 3. (left to right) Houzz, Kessick Wine Cellars, 4. (counter-clockwise from left) Something to Do (white pantry), Worldempress, unknown, 5. Be Colorful(bathroom), Thistlewood Farms (office)
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