8 Genius Uses for Awkward & Underused Stairway Landings

8 Genius Uses for Awkward & Underused Stairway Landings

Dabney Frake
Jun 1, 2015
(Image credit: Mikayla Rose)

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.

(Image credit: Design Milk)

Window Seats: This Berkeley Home, seen on Design Milk, incorporated a bench — or the perfect spot for napping pets or reading kids.

(Image credit: Hutker Architects)

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.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

Clothes Storage: No closet? This home from Design Sponge got very clever and eked every square inch from their small space.

(Image credit: Desainer)

Coat Hooks: A coat rack from this Scandinavian-style home (via Desainer) adds valuable clothing storage, without protruding too far out into the stairway.

(Image credit: Planete Deco)

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.

(Image credit: Jessica Helgerson)

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.

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