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Creative Storage Solutions for Under Stairs

Take a look at the space under your stairs. We often overlook this sneaky nook in our homes, but it’s got plenty of hidden potential just waiting to be unlocked. Depending on which area of your house the stairs are located, what they are next to—such as the kitchen, bath, living room, or entryway—this space can be designed for different purposes.

Come take a deep dive with us into the world of under stairs storage with a comprehensive guide that will help you reimagine and transform this often-underutilized area into a smart, fashionable and functional space.

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Under The Stairs Built-In Cabinets or Shelves

If you’re wanting a touch of organization and elegance, built-in cabinets and shelves under stairs are the way to go! Joshua Bartlett, Owner and Editor-in-Chief of I’ll Just Fix It Myself, weighed in on going custom. 

“Custom-built shelves are one of my favorite ways to use the space beneath the stairs,” he said. “The distinctive shape of your staircase doesn’t have to stand in the way of you having plenty of shelf space for books, decorations, or even a display of your prized possessions. A drab nook can be turned into a showpiece.”

Joshua Bartlett

Whether you prefer built-in bookshelves under stairs for displaying your home library or closed cabinets to hide away clutter, vertical storage is a game-changer when it comes to optimizing space and keeping things tidy.

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Under The Stairs Pull-Outs and Sliders

Sliding into the next idea, we come to pull-out drawers and sliding storage units. These nifty inventions make accessing your under stairs storage simple.

“Installing pull-out drawers under the stairs is a space-saving and aesthetically pleasing way to store items.”

Joshua Bartlett

Shoes, holiday decorations, or even a secret pantry under stairs can all be stored in these pull-out drawers or sliding compartments. Revolutionize and effortlessly manage your space and maintain order.

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Under Stairs Hidden Storage

Hidden compartments and secret doors can help you conceal under stairs closet storage ideas. No, we’re not suggesting that this is the perfect place to store those proverbial skeletons, but take a moment to imagine a concealed cabinet that seamlessly blends with the surrounding wall or a pull-out bookcase that reveals a hidden treasure trove. These clever storage solutions add an element of intrigue while maintaining the Insta-worthy aesthetic integrity of your living space.

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Under Stairs Wine Rack

Turn your under stairs space into a wine storage area or a mini bar. Perfect for all who enjoy drinking wine and hosting parties, all you’ll have to do is install some wine racks, a mini fridge and a counter with bar seats and you’ll have yourself a pleasant social hub that will thoroughly impress.

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Under Stairs Pantry for Kitchen Storage

Kitchen organization and storage is a problem that many people face. There are many ways to solve this problem, from using vertical space to creating new storage areas. You can do many things to improve your kitchen storage without having to do major renovations. Some people have found it helpful to remove the cabinet doors or store some kitchen items under the stairs.

If your stairs are not too low or steep, they can be used as a walk-in storage space. You can install shelves on them or use them as a place for your vacuum cleaner and other cleaning supplies. You can also create a cleaning closet by installing a door on the stairs and fitting it with shelves, drawers, hooks, and bins for items.

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Under Stairs Retreats for Furry Friends and Kiddos

Moving beyond creative storage ideas, you can transform the space under the stairs into a cozy retreat or play area for your pets or children.

Install a pet bed, wall-mounted cat perches, a scratching post, or even built-in gates to create a safe and comfortable space for your pets to relax and play. 

As all parents know, toys have a way of invading every square inch of the house. Move them all (or at least some of them) to an under stairs play area. Set up a paint-filled easel to encourage artistic creativity or a mini STEM zone filled with construction sets and lab gear.

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Under Stairs Closet Office

There are many desk under stairs ideas that can help you create a spot to get lost in a page-turner or tackle your to-do list. Bartlett suggests creating a mini home office or a cozy reading nook. 

Under stairs office ideas offer a practical solution for those who are short on space, and setting up a small, dedicated workspace doesn’t require much. His suggestion is simple,

“Put in a built-in workstation with storage space for the books and files above.” 

Joshua Bartlett

You can slide a desk and chair under the stairs or get someone to build a custom workspace area for you. Due to this area’s general layout, be sure to consider lighting, ventilation if you choose to close it off, and comfortability.

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Under Stairs Reading Nook

Designing a reading nook under the stairs is not only a great storage solution but also an excellent way to create a cozy and comfortable reading or play area for kids or adults in your home.

There are many ways to design this space, and the best one is based on personal preference and needs. Some people like to keep it simple with just a sofa and some bookshelves; others may prefer more of a dynamic design with toy chests, beanbags, art on the walls, and personality. You can include furnishings for comfortably reading or playing, shelving and baskets for books and toys, or fanciful lighting for enjoyment.

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Some Special Considerations

“Accessibility, lighting, and general aesthetics should all be considered when designing storage under the stairs. Make it unique to your preferences and requirements. Also, use complementary colors and materials to make it practical and visually appealing.” 

Joshua Bartlett

Proper lighting is essential to enhance the functionality and ambiance of your under stairs space. Consider recessed lights, LED strips, or pendant lights to brighten up the area. Additionally, don’t forget to add some personal flair with decorative elements such as artwork, mirrors, or plants. Let your creativity shine, and make this space an extension of your unique style.

Remember to keep safety at the forefront of our minds. Make sure to install secure doors or childproof locks to keep little ones away from potentially hazardous items. Easy accessibility and organization are key to maximizing the practicality of the space. Keep it clean and clutter-free, and consider labeling any storage areas for quick and easy access.

Now that you’ve made it through our tour of creative ideas, go assess your specific needs and explore the possibilities that lie beneath your stairs. Remember, for more complex installations or modifications, seeking professional assistance or guidance is always a smart move. Unlock the potential wow factor of that often-neglected space and turn your under the stairs space into something truly extraordinary. 

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