Stair landings suffer from UDSS (Unused Dead Space Syndrome). Other than using them to turn the corner and then head up another flight of stairs, we don’t give them a lot of thought and they don’t serve a huge purpose. Granted, it’s not a lot of space that we are talking about, but those few square feet could be something…more. Hint: These ideas mostly involve increased storage.
Landing Strips: If near your entryway, a floating credenza makes for a great landing strip, as in the home designed by Mikalya Rose (lead image). Her custom addition holds books, vases, and mementos, and is a nice decorative moment when you first head up the stairs.
Bookcases: Who doesn’t need more shelving for your reading material? This is a bookworm’s dream come true. Take a moment to ooh and ahh over the glass floor/ceiling while you imagine yourself in this house designed by McIntosh Poris Associates.
Window Seats: This Berkeley Home, seen on Design Milk, incorporated a bench — or the perfect spot for napping pets or reading kids.
Built-In Drawers: This cottage-style home, designed by Hutker Architects, takes built-ins to another level with drawers custom made for the spot. They are classic and practical.
Clothes Storage: No closet? This home from Design Sponge got very clever and eked every square inch from their small space.
Coat Hooks: A coat rack from this Scandinavian-style home (via Desainer) adds valuable clothing storage, without protruding too far out into the stairway.
Organizational System: Gather together a collection of bins or baskets and make a space for every member of the family to contain their clutter, as seen on Planete Deco.
Furniture: This landing, decorated by Jessica Helgerson, is just big enough to fit a piece of furniture. Closed armoires like this one work well for extra linens and items you don’t need everyday.