Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
When you think of creating a unique space or finding extra storage does your mind go to your stairs? Probably not, but there is so much that can be done with this unique space. Let’s explore what you can do with your staircase to get that little something extra you have been looking for.
1. Kids reading nook
For the kids who love to read, but always struggle to find a little spot just for them, the stairs are a perfect solution. It is just the right size for them and gives them a little space where they can safely have an adventure within their book. Add some special task lighting and a comfy seat and they might not stir for hours.
2. Pet kennel
Stairs offer a perfect place to create a little kennel for pets. It is usually near the front door, within sight of you which is very important and very roomy. Lining the floor with a soft pet bed and their favorite toys will ensure that your pets won’t ever feel neglected.
3. Extra storage
Adding some special drawers and cabinets can turn a simple staircase into the perfect hiding spot for all those extras that you need only a few times a year. You can easily store holiday decorations, extra clothes, or children’s sports equipment. The possibilities are endless and the convenience is perfect. View this historic project where we utilized the stairs for additional kitchen cabinet space.
Once a reader, always a reader but sometimes it can be hard to know where to put your books especially the ones that come with a beautiful cover worthy of displaying. What better way to show them off to your friends than by placing them in your staircase, not only are they within easy reach but they make an amazing statement to your wall.
The littles are always asking you for a special spot in the house just for them, why not give them one under the stairs. It is a perfect size and by adding a little pop of color and a few baskets for their toys, they will be entertained for hours.
We all need that area in the house where we can simply drop our stuff from the office. Sometimes there is not enough room for a full mudroom but your staircase can provide just enough space to hold shoes, a backpack, and the briefcase. Consider adding a few built-ins paired with some decorative hooks to create a little space for those essentials items. Mornings always run smoother when there is a designated pick-up point.
7. Additional pantry space
While we all love our kitchens sometimes there is just not enough space to store all our food items. The staircase can provide the perfect overflow pantry. Consider adding this to store the dry and canned goods from your kitchen or even some of the pots and pans you don’t use on a regular basis.
8. Coat closet
When guests come for a visit, finding a spot for their coats can be a challenge let alone knowing where to hang our own. The staircase is a great spot for a coat closet since it is near the front and easy for guests to grab their coat when leaving or yours for that matter.
9. Wine room
Many people enjoy coming home and unwinding with a glass of wine but most of us don’t have a space to store it. That space under the stairs is perfect for a little wine room or even a small wet bar. Who said a wine room had to be large? It only needs to be big enough to keep some of your absolute favorites on hand.
10. Mini office
Need to jot down a quick grocery list? Maybe the kids need a little area to do their homework? Have you been looking for just the right place to have a charging station? The stairs could be your answer. This little area is perfect to create a study nook or mini office.
What’s under your stairs?
We specialize in helping our clients take their existing space and turning it into exactly what they needed. Give us a call to find out what the next step is to get the extra space you always needed in your home, space that you might not even know was there. Click here to get a few additional ideas for what that space under the stairs can be used to give you more space. Our experienced design team is standing by ready to help you.