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Under Stair Storage - 17 Clever Ideas

Stealthy Storage


Every home can use more storage. Fortunately, the often-neglected space beneath a staircase provides an ideal spot for drawers and cabinets. This stylish example of under stair storage, built by Ben Herzog Architect, offers a discrete space to stash shoes and other goods. With its simple hardware and detailing, you'd have no idea there's storage hiding behind the wall. 

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Marco Valencia | Design: Ben Herzog Architect, PC

Petite Playroom


Have a spot for the kiddos to play without their toys creating a mess around the house. This crawl space under the stairs created by Von Fitz Design is a fun hideaway for the kids and the clutter.

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Von Fitz Design

The Ultimate Nook


Carve out a cozy nook for yourself like JWT Associates did for these homeowners. The space under the stairs provides just the right depth for a comfy bench and bookshelf. Add in fluffy pillows and a lamp and it's the ultimate reading spot. Here they even left room for crawl space storage with a charming little door.

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JWT Associates


Covert Laundry Room


Not every house is fortunate enough to have a laundry room, especially for city dwellers. You might not have ever thought of it before, but the space to store a washer and dryer may have been underfoot all along. Brickhouse Kitchens and Baths built this genius laundry space beneath the stairs. Not only are the appliances kept out of sight, but the built-in counter provides a place to store your laundry supplies.

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Brickhouse Kitchens and Baths

Supreme Storage


Being one of the most trafficked spots in the house makes the stairway a prime spot for clutter. With built-in shelves and cabinets, like these by HighCraft Builders, your family has a place to put backpacks, books, and other everyday necessities.

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HighCraft Builders

Room Divider


Take advantage of all sides of your stairway if it sits in the center of the house, just like JLV Creative did here. The design team didn’t waste any space on these large stairs, creating a sitting and storage area on one side and a mini bar on the other. The stairway becomes a focal point of the house providing space for entertaining and divvying up an open floor plan. 

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JLV Creative


Cheerful Home Office


If you've always wanted a work area but thought you didn't have enough room, claim the space under the stairs as your own just like Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects did. A sturdy chair, a work surface attached to the wall, and extra shelves on the side create a fun and functional home office.

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Whit Preston | Design: Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects /@hughjeffersonrandolpharchitect

Decked with Drawers


A narrow hallway might not be conducive for storage furniture, yet you still need somewhere to toss your keys, bags, shoes, etc. John Bynum Custom Homes offers a space-savvy solution with these drawers built into the stairs. Heck, they’re even better than a console table or cubby since they keep your stuff hidden away.

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John Bynum Custom Homes

Comfortable Entryway


A simple banquette piled with pillows and lit from above with a wall sconce is a tempting spot to curl up with a favorite book, and it makes for an easy spot to sit and tie your shoes. Take some inspiration from JMA Interior Design's welcoming front room. Drawers below the bench provide additional storage for a neat and tidy entry.

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Carmel Brantley from Brantley Photography | Design: JMA Interior Design


Artful Display


Alcove shelving built into the stairs is the perfect place to showcase treasured antiques and decorative items. This stairway by Gilberte Interiors is an excellent example of putting your prized possessions on display without them getting in the way. 

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Gilberte Interiors

Children's Den


A playhouse in the backyard is nice, but not very useful on a cold or rainy day. Metro Building and Remodeling Group got creative with the space under one family’s basement stairs and built a playhouse the kids can enjoy year round.

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Metro Building and Remodeling Group

Built-In Bar


This built-in cabinet under the staircase, designed by Katy Bell Interiors, creates superb storage for all your cocktail hour essentials: shelves for glassware, a cabinet for liquor, and a countertop to put it all together. It's rustic style fits in perfectly with the rest of the home's decor. 

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Katy Bell Interiors


Catchalls in the Hall


These little cubbies situated at the bottom of the stairs are a stylish way to keep the front hall tidy. Created by Jeff King & Company, the clean and classic design is evidence you don’t need a fancy organizational system for a neat home.

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Paul Dyer Photography | Design: Jeff King & Company

Pet Refuge


The space under your staircase can be fashioned into a cozy, custom nook for the favorite family pet.   This interior dog house by Michaelson Homes is much nicer looking than a bulky crate. Who wouldn't want to tuck themselves in to such a sweet spot?

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Michaelson Homes

Kids' Corner


In this house from Silver Maple Construction, the elegant arch created from the stairs above fashions a snug corner for the kids. It has just the right amount of space for toy storage and a quiet spot for story time. Rather than having wasted space, it’s a brilliant way to carve out an area just for the kids.

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Susan Teare Photography | Design: Silver Maple Construction


Animal House


Everyone in the house likes to have a little space for themselves, including the family pet. This tiny room, created by Cummings Architect, provides a quiet spot for the dog as well as convenient storage for the toys and supplies.

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Eric Roth | Cummings Architects

Book Nook


Take inspiration from this reading corner designed by the Williams Group Inc. A built-in bookcase under the stairs with a comfy chair and soft lighting makes just the right environment for getting lost in a story.

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The Williams Group Inc.

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10 Creative Ways to Use the Space Under the Stairs

Do you ever wonder how to use the space under the staircase in your home? This tiny and sometimes uncomfortable area may be converted into a practical living or workspace you enjoy with a little ingenuity. Don’t miss this collection of creative staircase storage ideas for your next remodeling project that will give your home a new reading nook, library, closet, or bathroom!

Let’s go over some creative ways to make practical use of the space beneath the staircase of your home! These tips will help you clear up that age-old question of what to do with the space under the stairs. Check out more creative storage ideas here.

Reading Nook

The space under your stairs is probably the perfect spot for a mini library or cozy book nook. Simply install some cabinets or shelves and fill them with all of your favorite reads. Add some comfy cushions or pillows and a nice bench with some cool lighting and your reading nook will become a favorite place for you to chill.

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Office Space

An under-the-stairs office is a great way to conserve space and get the most out of your home. You or other family members can work from home, complete school work, or pay bills. Make a flat workspace where you can put a desk, add a comfy chair, stock some office supplies, put in some lighting, and you are ready to go.


Kitchen Pantry

If your staircase is near the kitchen, you may utilize this area as extra kitchen pantry storage for non-perishable foods. This allows you to make your present kitchen or dining room more comfortable. You will need to be strategic in how you place cabinets, shelves, and maybe some other furniture like rolling drawers, especially if your place under the stairs is small!

New England Design & Construction

Shoe Storage

Do you have a shoe fetish? Or do you just not have enough storage space for all of your different kinds of footwear? No worries! You can purchase a shoe organizer at any store to conserve space and create more space for your shoes. You might even be able to build some cubbies, shelves, or racks if you have enough room.



Finding a spot for the washing machine and dryer is always a struggle, especially in smaller homes where you don’t have a dedicated laundry room.

Brickhouse Cabinetry


You will really need to plan this one out. There are some awesome ideas online for great playhouses. First, you should determine whether you actually have enough space for a playhouse. If you do, next you will need to sketch some basic blueprints of your playhouse’s design. If you don’t have room for actual windows, create some fake ones with trim. Cut your door between two studs and use that space between them to avoid creating more work or having to use special tools. To build the door, cut some plywood. Finally, paint and trim your playhouse to your liking.

Suburban Renewal Inc

Dog House

A dog house makes great use of the space that already exists under your stairs. You can make an elaborate domicile for your domestic canine or you can be very simple. From DIY ideas to just sticking a mat and a bone under the stairs, you can make a little house that will make your dog feel welcome. After all, it can’t stay outside forever. Add some toys, a pet bed, a dish or two, and a gate or door.



If you have limited space in your home, the place under the stairs can be an excellent spot for a closet. You could go for a coat closet, cleaning closet, linen closet, utility closet or something else. Just get some hooks, hangers, rods, and shelves, and you can store dozens of things! Add some cubbies below the hooks and hangers, and you have a place for shoes that are too wet to tromp through the house – boots, galoshes, and the like.

Woodmeister Master Builders

The hooks can also make a handy place to hang umbrellas or backpacks. In fact, your coat closet could also double as a mudroom. If you opt for a clothing closet, you can install some racks, rods, shelves or cabinets, and a few hooks to give yourself a great deal of extra space for your clothes.

You might want to add some cubbies or containers to store clothes you aren’t going to wear for a while. If you have enough space and you are creative enough, you might also find room for holiday decorations, miscellaneous items for which there is no other room in the house, and even a place to hide surprises!

Half Bathroom

Another wonderful way to use the space under your stairs is to make a half bathroom. This idea can definitely come in handy if you happen to have a lot of company. It is compact, out of the way, and fits well without utilizing extra space. You can really have fun making a color scheme, adding attractive features like picture frames or other exotic ornaments, and some cool lighting to make your half bath inviting to guests.


Home Bar

You can create your own happy hour by building a home bar under your stairs. Just have a countertop installed, for mixing and serving the drinks. You can also add a little fridge or some extra shelving or cabinet space to store your liquor. You can even have plumbing installed to put a sink in order to clean up. Of course, you could always opt for a wine cellar, but that requires extra thought and planning.


You can optimize all your space in your house with elegance with these innovative storage solutions beneath stairs. Regardless of what you’d like to keep, you may make this area work for you, frequently neglected and underused! Looking for additional ways to use your house efficiently?

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A room under the stairs is an excellent solution for using empty space

The space under the stairs in the house can be arranged in different ways: place shelves and racks for storing things, or even organize an entire room. It all depends on the size of the stairs. If it is large and tall, then under it you can equip an office, for example, a home office, a library, a workshop, a dressing room or a recreation area.

If required, a guest toilet can be installed in this area. With a lack of space in the house, you can equip a kitchen there, but, due to the specifics of the architecture, the furniture will have to be ordered individually. nine0003

Almost all women dream of a complete dressing room. This desire is easy to realize, not using full-fledged meters of living space, but using the space under the stairs. To do this, the space under the stairs is equipped with shelves, racks, hangers, hooks, elevators and other necessary attributes to organize the storage of clothes, shoes and accessories. If space permits, an ironing board will fit perfectly.

The idea of ​​a home office under the stairs will appeal to anyone who needs a separate space to do some work. A small table, a table lamp or wall lamp, a laptop - that's, in principle, all that is needed to work at home. And to make the interior design attractive, the walls can be decorated with paintings. nine0003

From the space under the stairs you can make a separate house for babies. The door was supplemented with a painting on the wall - an imitation of a flowering tree and a window.

It's great if there is a window opening under the stairs. In this case, it will not be difficult to organize an office here. Open shelves allow you to store the necessary books and documents.

Home library requires a private place. Located under the steps of the stairs, it creates a special atmosphere. A bookcase was installed along the perimeter of the walls, complementing this place with an armchair with an ottoman, a small table and a floor lamp with soft light. nine0003

This is a great secret place where, if necessary, it is important to install a guest toilet or a small shower. With a lack of space in the house, it is possible to equip a kitchen there, while it should be borne in mind that due to the specifics of architecture, furniture will have to be ordered individually.

To visually enlarge a small space, paint it as light as possible. At the same time, it is good to choose furniture in white or natural wood, with an expressive natural structure. nine0003

The understairs functional space can be isolated with doors or left open. It is important that the new functional area fit into the overall interior design.

And under the stairs you can arrange a seating area, a lounge, or an extra bed.

The toilet on the ground floor can be easily hidden in a recess under the steps. At the same time, the interior design can be completely different and correspond to the general style of the house. nine0003

Every animal needs a place where it can rest without being disturbed. If there is a dog in the house, then the actual solution will be to equip her own house in the undergrowth zone.

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