Reclaiming Unused Space.
For many people the space beneath the stairs is an area to store extra sports gear, out of season clothing, junk, or worse – it is dead space not being used for whatever.
With a little creativity and a bit of work you can turn that space into a major surprise.
Want more space? The space under the stairs in your house can become your kid’s room. May be now it is a place for toys and other crap. The very first step is to eliminate all of the crap, place shelves on the sides along one wall which she can place her shoes at the top and inside over and of that hung a wire shelf that is vented. It is possible to hang clothes and her dresses on hangers from the front of the shelf and then put her jeans and blankets on the shelves. Then put little hooks down the wall which to hang bags and belts. Alternatively, hang a cord so she can reach them. This may can the cupboard space.
This space could turn into a coat, umbrella, shoe closet in the event the area is centrally located in the house. The secret is to keep the space organized with baskets, shelves and hanging rods.
Kid’s Playroom: Kids like to return in spaces that they think nobody else can get and will play there for hours. Additionally, you can line the inside of the space that the small ones can draw on with markers.
Electronics and computer charging station: This is an excellent area to have a charging station for all your electronics such as IPods and to maintain the games and keep the handheld games. Just build from the shelves you want for every cord to come up through and decent wiring with tagged bins for each item along with the pigeonholes and receptacles. You may need to employ an electrician for this -check with the local area codes. Additionally, this is a great place to maintain the family calendar and a white board to keep everyone busy. This especially works if the space that is under the stairs is centrally located in the house near the kitchen or foyer room or dining area. The distance will have to be 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.