Reclaiming Unused Space.
For many people the space beneath the steps is a place to throw away sports gear, junk, season clothing , or even worse – it is only space not being used for anything.
With a little creativity and a bit of work you can turn that space into a major surprise.
Need more closet space? The space under the stairway can turn into your daughter’s room. May be now it is a place for toys and other crap. The first step is to remove all the junk, place old shelves on the sides along one wall that she can place her shoes on top of and inside of and above that hung a vented wire shelf . It is possible to hang clothes that are longer and her dresses on hangers and put her folded jeans and blankets on the surface of the shelf. Then put little hooks down the wall which to hang bags and belts. Alternatively, hang a cord so she can reach it. This may can the cupboard space.
You may turn this space into a coat, umbrella, shoe cupboard if the space under the stairs is centrally located in the house. The secret is to keep the space organized with baskets, shelves and hanging rods.
Kid’s Playroom: Kids love to get back in little spaces they believe no one else can access and will play there for hours. Additionally, you can line the inside of the space that the small ones can draw on with markers.
Computer and Electronics charging station: This is an excellent place to have a charging station for all your electronic gadgets like IPods, phones, and to keep the handheld games. Just build in the shelves you desire for every cord and receptacles. You may want to employ an electrician with this – you’ll need to look at the area building codes. Additionally, this is a great place to maintain the family calendar and a white board to keep everyone busy. This particularly works when the area is centrally located in the home, such as in the kitchen or foyer room or dining area. The distance will have to be well lit.
Home Office Space: This can work if you only need a small area such as the width of the stairway – install a counter-top the width of the stairway where the office chair can slide under whenever it is not being used by you. Ensure you have sufficient lighting. A cork can be installed as a bulletin board to the back of the steps to be used. You are able to make the most of the distance by hanging baskets that are staggered on the walls on each side.
These ideas will help you maximize your home’s space by utilizing this often overlooked area under the stairway – each square foot counts.