15 Clever Uses for the Space Under the Stairs

Creative solutions, ranging from sneaky storage to an extra bathroom, tackle the home's trickiest triangle.

  1. Stealthy Storage

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    Under Stair Storage

    Every home can use more storage. Fortunately, the often-neglected space beneath a staircase provides an ideal spot for built-in drawers and cabinets. This stylish example of under stair storage demonstrates the important role paint and hardware play in matching the surrounding decor.


    Related:  Cabinet Hardware—10 Styles to Invigorate Your Space

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  2. Petite Powder Room

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    Under Stairs Bathroom

    Who wouldn't love an extra half bath? The space under your stairs can perfectly accommodate such a luxury. Elegant details, like the graphic wallpaper seen here, lend a sense of refinement to this cozy room.


    Related:  11 Tiny Bathrooms We Love

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  3. The Ultimate Bookcase

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    Under Stairs Bookcase

    In homes where a narrow staircase makes a powder room or worktable infeasible, a fabulous bookcase can be built in with ease. You might choose a cubby style, as shown in this chic interior, or opt for shelves that vary in height and width to accommodate both books and decorative objects.


    Related:  Weekend Projects—Build a Better Bookshelf

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  4. Space-Saving Bike Storage

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    Under Stair Storage Solutions

    Many people, especially city dwellers, struggle with finding a place to store their bicycles. As this straightforward under stair storage solution demonstrates, the space they've been looking for may have been underfoot all along.

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  5. Covert Kitchen Pantry

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    Under Stairs Shelves

    Every cook dreams of a pantry with floor-to-ceiling shelves and ample room for canned goods, baking supplies, and all manner of kitchen necessities. But did those dreams reveal that such a space can be built in under a staircase?! In this clean-lined interior, the large wooden doors were stained a pleasing spring green, adding an upbeat, modern sense to the space.


    Related:  7 DIY Pantry Hacks and Kitchen Storage Ideas

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  6. A Wall of Wine

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    Wine Storage Ideas

    Custom shelving built under a staircase can give you the "wine cellar" you always wanted, without making you head down to the basement every time you want to raise a glass. The eye-catching arrangement will likely be a conversation starter among family and friends, as well.


    Related:  5 Easy DIY Wine Racks You Can Make in an Afternoon

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  7. Cheerful Home Office

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    Office Under Stairs

    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. A pretty chair, a work surface attached to the wall, and cork board for pinning inspirational images are all you need to create a fun and functional home office.


    Related:  10 Ingenious Alternatives to a Traditional Home Office

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  8. Streamlined Entertainment Center

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    Storage Under Stairs

    The depth of space under a staircase can be sufficient for a built-in entertainment center that houses a flat-screen TV and a bookcase to boot, along with drawers for remotes, movies, and game accessories. You bring the popcorn!

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  9. Cozy Reading Nook

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    Bench Under Stairs

    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. Drawers or cabinets below provide additional storage for the room.


    Related:  Trending Now—Banquette Seating

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  10. Artful Display

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    Under Stairs Storage Ideas

    A recessed alcove can be the perfect place to showcase a treasured antique or decorative item. Painting the alcove a different color than the walls in the room adds detail and provides an attractive backdrop for a work of art.


    Related:  How To Select a Paint Color

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  11. Mini Mudroom

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    Storage Understairs

    An open staircase is the perfect mini mudroom -- a place for the kids to park all their stuff! Wood trim studded with upcycled door knobs catches the coats, while cubbies under a bench stash the hats, gloves and scarves.

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  12. Under the Floor

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    Trap Door

    This trap door is the perfect hideaway for seasonal items like camping gear or holiday decor. And your secret weapon in the after-dinner Hide and Seek tournament.

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  13. Kitchen Collectibles

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    Under Stairs Storage Ideas

    The open shelves in this modern and minimalist kitchen display collectibles and cookbooks, while also providing a the design backbone for the elegant staircase above them.

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  14. Pet Refuge

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    Pet Home

    The space under your staircase can be fashioned into a cozy, custom nook for the favorite family pet. Who wouldn't want to tuck themselves in to such a sweet spot?

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  15. Bar

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    Bar

    The built-ins under this staircase create superb storage for all your cocktail hour essentials. A mini fridge to keep the wine and beer chilled, shelves for glassware, a cabinet for liquor, and a countertop to put it all together. Cheers!

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