Space-saving ideas for under the stairs

Here are five chic and clever storage solutions for that prime floor space beneath the stairs.

Lots of ways to use the space under a staircase.

l It’s rare I hear a client complain they have too much storage space in their house—what we all wouldn’t give for a little extra in our homes.

Cue the often forgotten space under the stairs: Typically it’s gyprocked and then filled with suitcases and Christmas decorations Not exactly savvy or highly functional.

No matter the size of your home, every little inch counts. Here are five of my favourite chic and clever storage solution ideas for that prime floor space beneath the stairs.

1) Wine & Wet Bar

You don’t need a separate room dedicated for your wine collection (although wouldn’t one be amazing), when that patch of empty space will do just fine. Granted, temperature and humidity control isn’t feasible for the advanced connoisseur, a sharp looking under-the-stairs display will wow your friends and guests all the same. Some clients aren’t fans of the sit-up wet bar, but still like to entertain and need counter space, storage, and a small wine fridge to house glassware and drinks. Run lower cabinetry along the wall and install a floating shelf above to display glasses, bowls, and other decorative items.

2) Powder Room

Unless your staircase is right off of the kitchen or dining room, adding a small washroom down the hall or off of an upper landing can be perfect for larger families (no line ups), homes without a mudroom or space to wash up in, or simply for those in need of a smaller-sized water closet. Pedestal or wall-mounted sinks are best and will keep the tiny space feeling as large as possible. Bright, but dimable lighting is essential to also keep the space well-lit and airy. If you have a traditional staircase with paneling or molding you can run the same trim and treatment over the door so it blends seamlessly into the mix.

3) Home Office

It doesn’t need to be flashy—a simple work surface, bank of drawers or rolling storage cubby, and a few shelves for magazine holders, baskets, bins, and some personal mementos for effect will do the trick. Some planning is required if you’re in the process of or thinking of building, so that wires and cables can be run and concealed in the drywall. If your space is already finished, tuck cables and cords up along the underside of your counter and hide wires running to plug-ins with plastic u-channels painted the colour of your walls.

4) Library

Why not consider using this space to create your very own reading nook or library? Having a built-in bookcase installed is a clean looking and functional piece of furniture that would otherwise take up valuable floor space somewhere out in your room. Flank it with a cozy pair of chairs (foot stools a must here for optimum lounging comfort), and a small side table for cups of coffee in the morning or that glass of Shiraz at night.

5) Clever Catch-All

Glide-out bins or hinged doors concealing shelves, hooks, and containers make smart use of this area as well. Consider carving out a small niche to house a dresser or small sideboard (to hold mail, keys, mittens, scarves, or even the dog’s bowl and leash) and build-in the rest. For a more casual look, install a few shelves and fill with woven or wire baskets—keeping the area open, yet tidy and completely organized.

Just Posted

Less crime in Lake Country

There was a decrease in crime in 2017 than in 2016

Greyhound changes include reduced service in Okanagan

B.C. Passenger Board approves bus line’s plan to cut routes and reduce service across B.C.

Semi fire impacting Highway 33

Fire crews are at the scene of a big rig on fire on Highway 33 in Joe Rich

Serwa cheering parties as Kelowna skier goes for gold

Kelsey Serwa will ski in the women’s ski cross event this evening in Kelowna

Better information needed in emergencies

Lake Country - Suggestions were made to better communicate with tourists during emergencies

Salvation Army thanks community for fundraising

Local group helped many families over Christmas and the funds will keep going

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

WATCH: Vancouver Island family builds eight-foot igloo in their yard

Sunday snowfall on the mid-Island leads to all-day family activity

Three new judges appointed to B.C. Supreme Court

Two spots filled in Vancouver, one in New Westminster

BCHL Today: Merritt’s Buckley nets scholarship and Vees slam Salmon Arm

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Revelstoke based startup to bring RFID technology to 360 degree cameras

Sniper Action Photo operates 30 photo installations in Canada, the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean

Former Rockets named university all stars

Goalie Jordon Cook and defenceman Jesse Lees having good CIS hockey seasons

Albas disappointed by Alberta ban of B.C. wine

MP has worked to remove barriers to the sale of wine and other alcohol products between provinces

Trial date delayed in case of slain Victoria sisters

Andrew Berry’s next court appearance will be in three weeks to set a date for trial to begin

Most Read