All the Cool Things You're Not Doing with the Space Under Your Stairs

All the Cool Things You're Not Doing with the Space Under Your Stairs

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Carrie McBride
Jul 2, 2015

Is the space under your stairs simply a dead space? Maybe it's a closed up, unused footprint in your home. Or perhaps it's open, but you're just not sure what to do with this little niche. Well, here are examples of beautiful and functional ways that homeowners have put this space to use.

Tracey & Rob's Beach Oasis on Apartment Therapy
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Greek Revival cottage in the Clarksville neighborhood of Austin, Austin Architect
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Home Office

Devoting an entire room to a home office is becoming less and less common as computers are smaller and fewer peripherals are required. People are carving out small office nooks in all kinds of corners of the home, including under the stairs.

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Storage

Whether concealed or out in the open, the space under stairs offers a ton of storage opportunities.

A kids play nook on Rambling Renovators with stenciled wall and awning.
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"Fairy nook" under the stairs in Meg & Joe's "In Full Bloom" House Tour on Apartment Therapy
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Marcie, of Mossy, modeled this clubhouse under the basement stairs for kids after something similar she had as a child.
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Play Space

Have kids? No doubt they'd be thrilled with a clubhouse or hideaway under the stairs.

Mudroom

Don't have a true mudroom near your entrance? The space under the stairs is just enough to house coats and shoes and even a bench.

Bathroom

The space under the stairs is just about right for adding a half bath.

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Pantry

Homeowner Shawna calls her under-the-stairs pantry "one of my favorite things".

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Sitting Nook

Create an intimate seating area or a semi-secluded place to read.

CB's Quirky & Personal Duplex on Apartment Therapy
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Music "Studio"

Think you don't have room for an instrument? Who knows, maybe the space under your stairs is just the solution for you.

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