Workspaces Under the Stairs

Workspaces Under the Stairs

Sarah Coffey
May 18, 2010

In some ways, workspaces can be the most flexible part of a home. Technology has freed us from the bulky computer station of 10 years ago, allowing a home office to fit inside a closet, a corner, or even the space under the stairs.

While it might not be the ideal Feng Shui setup, there are some benefits to placing a desk under the stairs. The grid of a staircase is well-suited to storage, whether built-in, wall-mounted, or open.

Depending on its design, a staircase can be a focal point, and its architectural gesture can help to define or separate the workspace from the rest of the home. In cases where space is especially tight (like Photo #5) a staircase can become a home office, offering a platform for work and a few cubbies for storage.

1 Stefan's Split Level
2 Vitsoe Shelving by Dieter Rams
3 Zoka's East Village Open House
4 Steve and Nancy's Vintage Sunset-Inspired Home
5 LJ Builds to Fit One More

Photos: Stefan, Vitsoe, Janel Laban, Molly Anderson, Jill Slater

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