How organised are you - Free Quiz

HOW TO USE THE SPACE UNDER THE STAIRS EFFECTIVELY

WRITTEN by CHRISSY, LAST UPDATED ON November 19, 2020

& FILED IN Home Decor, Home Organising

** THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS, WHICH DON'T COST YOU A PENNY, BUT PAY A COMMISSION TO THIS SITE - LEARN MORE HERE

A reader asked me recently whether I had some ideas for how best to use the space under the stairs as they were struggling with the angled ceiling and wanted to make the most of it by using the space for a specific purpose if possible.

I love to help where I can! – so here are some great ideas for how to use the space under your stairs to its full advantage, a space that’s often forgotten and that just simply becomes a dumping ground.

I hope you’re inspired!

Amazing ways to use the space under the stairs. Lots of inspiration so you don't have wasted space. Use it for all sorts of great reasons...

Idea #1 – Close off the space under the stairs & use individual hinged doors for storage

Contemporary Hall by South West Design and Build Moon Design + Build

This works really well as you have lots of different sized spaces to have a selection of hanging and shelving space. You could add in coat, shoe and bag storage, and even house most of your cleaning stuff there (it’s handy to have your hoover in the hallway as you can grab and take quickly to any room in the house, for example)

The only trouble though is that you may find it hard to reach the back of the cupboards…. so the next step to go to is the next idea…

Idea #2 – Closed storage but pull out individual sections

This works well as you pull out the storage and therefore don’t have to hurt yourself trying to get to the very back of each space. It also utilises the most space under the stairs for storage, and keeps everything looking tidy.

TIP – using discreet handles means the storage actually looks more like a solid wall when the cupboards are pushed into place, streamlining the space.

Idea #3 – Open bookcases/shelving

If your staircase is in another room other than the hall then you may want to opt for a more open plan feel – this bookcase works really well as it adds loads of storage to the room, and the cubes make the most of all the available space.

TIP – Built in units make the most of space under the stairs.

Idea #4 – Use the stairs themselves to access the space

As in this example, you may not have direct access to under the stairs, and what an ingenious solution this is! – you still have access to your shoes easily, but they couldn’t be more tucked away!.

Idea #5 – Use for a home office

I love this idea as you could create a home office in a home that hasn’t really got room for a completely separate area. It would be a great place for housing and dealing with all your paperwork, a homework area that the kids could use and still be seen, and a place to house the computer for work and play.

TIP – if you haven’t got the budget to have fitted furniture, then a simple desk with wall shelves above would work equally well – you could also have a small filing cabinet in the smaller area to maximise the use of space.

Idea #6 – Playroom under the stairs

I bet you know a few children who would love a space like this under the stairs!

Adding some cutouts to a wall makes this space whatever a childs’ imagination wants it to be – a shop, a house, a school etc……. It would also be a great place to house storage cubes for toys to keep them all out of the way.

Idea #7 – Toilet under the stairs

Whether you had the door on the side, or at the end of the staircase like shown here, you can see that the space under the stairs is perfect for a toilet and a sink area.

TIP – ensure that the toilet is far enough into the space to not allow head height below the sloping roof to become an issue with using it!

…And if you’re wondering about how I use the space in my own home – well, when we moved into our house the area was a cupboard, but rather under used, so I turned it into a downstairs toilet – and it works perfectly! here’s a picture of it – perfect for what we need, and handy too!

under stairs storage
How To Use The Space Under The Stairs Effectively

So – are you inspired by any of these ideas?

Do you already use your under stairs space for anything in particular?

I’d love to take a look, so why not snap a quick picture and share it in the Facebook group...

Liked this article? Try one of these next....

GET STARTED & TAKE THE FREE QUIZ NOW!

LET'S FIND OUT HOW ORGANISED YOU ARE...This fun FREE quiz takes just 5 minutes, and will tell you exactly where to focus first - so you make the most of your time!

TAKE THE FREE QUIZ NOW!