In most multi-level residences, the space under stairs can create some unusual, awkwardly shaped spaces that can be difficult to program. Wondering if there is a way to make use of empty space under your staircase? Between its low-head height, sloped ceiling, and small square footage, it can be difficult to make this space useful. Fortunately, several designers have come up with creative solutions to rendering this difficult spot under staircases as viable square footage in even the smallest of homes, where every inch counts. You can transform this overlooked area into a place for your pet to snooze, a cozy reading nook, a fun playhouse for the kids, and more! Get inspired by these creative ideas.
1. Coat Closet
Make your entryway feel larger by eliminating the need for a bulky, protruding armoire and install a sleek coat closet under your stairs instead
2. Space Saving Kitchen Storage
architect Tim Seggerman didn’t waste a single inch by locating kitchen cabinets and open shelving on the underside of the staircase that leads up to the lofted bed. The angle of the steps was incorporated into the shelves, which accommodates items like a single paper towel roll or small mugs under the lower steps, then graduating to larger sliding cabinets under the higher steps.
Perfect for bookworms, you’ll feel delighted every time you walk by and see the shelves filled with your favorite reads.
4. Home Office
You don’t need to give up a bedroom to have your own private home office.
Showcase your collection of books, knick knacks, or antiques with this smart storage solution.
If your kitchen cabinets don’t offer enough room for your cookware and food storage needs, then consider this inventive idea.
Transform a basement corner into an imaginative place for kids to play.
8. Reading Nook
Fill it with plush pillows and a blanket, and you’ll never want to leave.
9. Pet Kennel
Keep your pets out of trouble when they’re at home alone with this neat space designed just for them.
Not everyone has the luxury of a utility room. But if you want to free up space in your kitchen, or simply move your washing machine somewhere more sound-proofed, why not create a mini laundry room beneath the stairs? More washing done, no space wasted!
11. Seating Area
Take a cue from Joanna Gaines and use this spot to create a relaxing mini-library, just for you! Or if your home doesn’t have a formal living room, you can also use it as an area to host guests and relax with friends.
See more from Chip and Joanna Gaines Magnolia House B&B.
12. Mudroom Storage
Installing cubbies, hooks, and shelves is the easiest way to upgrade this area into a storage unit, which is perfect for housing kids’ jackets, school supplies, and sports equipment.
Use these extra compartments for whatever your family needs, like a place to store craft supplies, sports equipment, or kitchenware.
14. Powder Room
With just enough space for a sink and toilet, this nook easily transforms into a small bathroom.
15. Hidden Bar Cart on Wheels
A mobile bar cart with room for kitchen storage is not the most traditional under-stair solution, but it’s proven to be critical in the design of this kitchen and living space. Its plywood construction, black knobs, and bright red casters mean that this design is meant to be noticed rather than be ignored.
16. SHOE STORAGE
The under stair area is just asking for shoe storage! After all, most staircases are usually close to the front door, so it makes sense to buy clever hallway shoe storage to keep the space neat. The Argos Understair Shoe Storage Unit is perfectly shaped to slide easily under the stairs.