9 Ways to Maximize Space Under the Stairs

The space under the stairs can be intimidating to style. With stairs sloped at an awkward angle, what’s left underneath is an odd alcove that can be tempting to just leave alone. But as with any other space, the spot underneath the staircase deserves to radiate with the same vibrancy and purpose as the rest of your home. Read on to find out 9 creative ways to maximize the space under the stairs.

Show and Tell

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It may seem obvious but the space under the stairs is the perfect spot to display your collections. Whether that’s art or prized paraphernalia you’ve hand picked throughout the years. See in this room how the ceramic plate with intricate details reflects the owner’s style and taste.

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If you have several flights of stairs, consider wider steps for exhibiting your quirky figurines or intriguing sculptures. We love the dimension it creates, decorating over different levels.

 

Secret Stash

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Got a narrow entryway with no separate mudroom to keep the corridor clutter-free? Transform your staircase into a hidden storage space to conceal coats and umbrellas. The fact that it’s right by your front door means you won’t have to go up and down the stairs if you want to make a last minute jacket change.

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Ever stumbled upon shoe racks by the door and ended up having to rearrange pairs of shoes scattered across the floor? Consider this space-saving solution: pull out shelves from beneath the staircase. Complete with a coat rack and shoe rack, the space beneath the stairs can accommodate plenty of items and yet be hidden from plain sight.

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Not every home has a basement for storing dry goods and stocking up on supplies, but a concealed pantry underneath the stairs is a wonderful alternative for when you need to keep things within reach. When placed near the kitchen, you’ll save yourself time and be ready to whip up the day’s specialty.

 

Cozy Home Office

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Having a quiet place to work from is especially important when you need to get things done. Whether you’re a student or work from home, you can benefit from desk space. Consider it a space saver too. No need for a separate room to get productive.

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But if work space out in the open is a bit too distracting for you, create an alcove that provides more privacy to help you concentrate better. Ditch the doors, though, as you need all the breathing space you can get.

 

Bring Out the Bicycle

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Enjoy riding but can’t seem to find enough space to store your bicycles? Draw inspiration from this custom bike rack under the stairs. It creates a striking display, and by keeping them out of the rain they’ll be rust-free and ready for your next adventure.

 

Kitchen Complete

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A bar underneath the stairs is a great feature for entertaining guests. Store your collection of wine and spirits in a custom wine rack to make serving drinks a breeze. You can even install a mini-refrigerator to keep things cool and refreshing.

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Instead of floating the kitchen island, tuck your kitchen under the stairs to make way for a larger dining table. Don’t fret too much about headroom, use the lower end of the staircase for storage space.

 

Pocket Playtime

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Children need plenty of space to learn and play which makes a reading nook a fantastic corner of the home. Add padded seating and colorful cushions, it will become their go-to spot for literary adventures.

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There’s no need for a playroom when you can transform the space under the stairs into a play corner. We love the idea of adding mirrors to create a dynamic playtime area. With a shelf on the side for storing toys, toddlers will find joy in their own cozy spot and you can keep them contained in one place.

 

Water Closet

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If your stairs are deep enough then the space underneath is a convenient spot for the downstairs loo. Save your guests the trouble of having to look for the bathroom when it’s right within their reach.

 

Home Sweet Home

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Pet beds and towers are essential to give our furry pals some room to play, but having their own cubby-hole is even better. It fits right under the stairs without the need for major renovation.

Which of these tips inspired you to take the next step in renovation? Let us know in the comments below.

Interested in learning more about maximizing spaces? Read about this minimal home in Mexico City with a gorgeous garden view.

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