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5 fantastic solutions to gain space under the stairs

When you want to elevate your existing space–and find more usable space–look to your stairs. Stairs take up valuable floor space. While it’s not guaranteed, pending your home’s layout, it’s often possible to gain space under the stairs.

Drawers Galore

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Specht Architects | Combining cabinets and large drawers, as well as a narrow broom closet, Specht designers were able to use the additional space without creating clutter.

We want less clutter and more space. A natural solution: built-ins. Done right, built-in features can bridge the gap between saving space and creating storage, especially in unique, hard-to-reach places like under the stairs. Consider deep, full-extension drawers (or doors).

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Sage Design Studio

Whether you work from home or have kids who need space to spread out and do homework, you can gain space under the stairs for a workstation. Add in some base cabinets to support the desktop, and a shelf or two to keep the work surface uncluttered.

Hidden Statements

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A custom, furniture-like bar is likely the last thing you’d expect to find under the stairs. They’ve added a bar sink, mirrors, and plenty of open and hidden storage. You could also make it a storage cellar for your wine or spirits. The other three cabinets might hide sections of the bar. Or they could be used for other purposes, such as storing hats, scarves, and shoes.

Shallow Works, Too

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Level Building Projects

In cases where a secondary staircase runs below, you may be unable to utilise the full depth of the stair. But plenty of usable space remains. Bookshelves are a perfect solution. If you want more privacy, add doors.

Partial Depth Cabinetry

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Billinkoff Architecture

The cabinets were built and installed after the stairs were constructed (not as a part of the initial design). Billinkoff designers chose a material that contrasted with the stairs and inset the cabinets to create the illusion that they’re floating. The storage was part of a wider effort to give the home a contemporary “downtown” feel.

 

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