We love stairs. They can add a whole new element to your home. Some stairs are elegant and flow with your home. Other stairs are bold and modern that will be the centrepiece of the house. Either way, there are lots of options for stairs to suit every home.
Sometimes, though, the stairs that we want do not work for the house we are in. Quite often, you’ll find a home with a solid set of stairs and wonder, “what should I do with that wasted space?”
Many stairs like that will have an entrance to a small storage closet or a crawl space. If you want something more exciting, however, there are many different design ideas out there that will transform that wasted space under the stairs to the area of the house everyone will want to be around. Here are a few ideas to help you out.
Even though we just said that often that lost space turns into a storage room, there are unique ways you can work with this. Instead of closing off the area and turning it into a junk room, open up the underneath portion of the staircase. You can add shelves for antiques and pictures, a bookcase for your library, or anything else that helps you neatly store items. Take a look at some of these storage ideas and how creative some people have gotten.
Small Office Space
Are you in need of office space but don’t have an extra room to spare? Well, why not use the extra space from the staircase to make yourself a small, private, and incredibly unique office? You’ll have your own space away from the rest of the house while not utilizing up precious rooms.
There are many different ways you can take this. You can go private by turning the space into an actual room. You can do this by building additional walls or simply adding in a sliding door to close off the area. Alternatively, you can keep the space open without having to change too much. Here are a few ideas to help you decide which is best for your home.
Create Additional Seating
If you need to add more seating places to your house, try turning the space under the stairs into a bench. You can also have this seating area more private, turning it into a reading nook or somewhere for you to escape the world. You’ll find some helpful tips to build a reading nook under the stairs here.
Your furry friends all deserve to have a space of their own. Turn the area under the stairs into their own dog house. You can go simple by carving out a small area to place a dog bed in. Alternatively, you can go a bit more extravagant and create a whole tiny room for your pet. Check out these creative dog houses for inspiration.
Don’t look at the area under the stairs as wasted space. Think of it as a blank slate for a creative project the whole family can do. From a storage closet to an office, and even a dog house, the possibilities of what to do are endless.