• Wooden steps in front of a white front door.

    The space under the stairs often goes unused or, at the very least, unused to its full potential in most homes. This is a real shame: while it may only be a small space, it has a huge amount of potential that you can exploit to make the most of the space in your home. In this guide, we’re going to take a look at the most important under stairs storage ideas that you can use to add more space to your home and create a small nook perfect for storing a wide range of belongings.

    Read on and find out more about how you can make your understair storage go further!


    Add Bookshelves Under the Stairs

    One great addition to the space under the stairs is bookshelves. Bookshelves can be made to almost any size and shape, which means that they can fit into any understair space, no matter how big or small. If you’ve got a big collection of books, you’ll know how much space they can take up. Adding some bookshelves can remove a whole host of clutter from other areas around your home, freeing up space and making your home a far more inviting place to be.

    If you’d like to make the bookshelves flush, you can use screws or wood glue to firmly attach the bookshelves to the base of the stairs. You could also use this as an opportunity to make a reading nook for you and your family – throw a small seat in, some blankets and soft lighting, as well as a set of small shelves, and you will have a cosy and peaceful space to relax.


    Add an Area for Getting Ready

    Getting ready to leave the house can take a lot longer than you expect sometimes. If you’ve got a child, you can double that time, as getting their shoes and coats on when they really don’t want to go out is an exercise in patience. One way to make it significantly easier is to have everything all in one place so that you can minimise the time for potential tantrums.

    If you’ve got either a cupboard or an empty space under your stairs, you can add a shoe rack and some hooks for coats. If you add a seat to your space, even a small one, you’ll be able to get prepped to go out as quickly as possible. This also gives you a place to store your shoes and coats so that they don’t take up as much space in your home – storage, and it’ll save you time? Fantastic!


    Add a Storage Bench

    Storage benches are a fantastic way to add storage space to your home without making it unusable. A storage bench gives you somewhere to relax and rest while also adding a considerable amount of storage. What’s more, they come in a range of different sizes, which means that no matter how big or small your space under the stairs, design ideas have already been drawn up for a perfect bench.

    While storage benches may look a little plain to begin with, if you throw a blanket and some cushions on top, it will fit right into the rest of your home decor.


    Add Filing Cabinets to Store Away Your Documents

    When you’re running a household, you accumulate a lot of documents. From credit card statements to tenancy agreements and much more, keeping your documents safe is very important. The best way to keep them safe is to have them in an organised filing cabinet, where you know that everything is safe, secure and easily accessible.

    Filing cabinets are ideal, of course, but if this isn’t a viable option, you can grab some shelving units, baskets and binders, which you can use to store everything. The key is organisation, no matter what you’re using to actually store the documents. 


    Turn Your Cupboard Under the Stairs Into a Wardrobe

    Provided that the cupboard under your stairs isn’t too humid, you can easily turn it into a wardrobe and store your clothes in there. To achieve this, you can add some clothes racks on wheels, allowing you to easily pull them out of the cupboard if there’s something that you need to get access to at the back. You can also buy folding clothes rails, which you can make into a more compact size for ease of use if you need to make some extra space or move some of your clothes into a storage unit.

    If you’re worried about humidity in your cupboard under the stairs, you can hang up some dehumidifiers on your rails, or put a small dehumidifier in the cupboard that you can leave running. 


    Add a Small Home Office

    Working from home is now far more common than in the pre-pandemic years. This means that having a home office is very important, it’s a great way to be more productive at home and get more of your work done. If you’ve got a decently-sized space under the stairs, adding a desk, shelving units and a cork board can make it easy to get work done in a sheltered, cosy space.


    Put These Understair Storage Tips Into Action and Enjoy

    We hope that you’ve enjoyed this list of under stairs storage ideas and will use them to add a new area or just some extra space to your home. Whichever you opt for, you’ll be making good use of a previously unloved space. However, we recognise that space in your home is limited to a certain extent – if you decide that you need to have a clear out, ANVSJ is here to help. We offer personal storage units in a variety of sizes that you can use to make extra space in your home.

    For more information, or if you have any questions for us, feel free to get in touch. You can call us on 01709 701155 or email us at info@anvsj.co.uk


    Under Stairs Storage FAQs

    Does Under Stairs Storage Add Value to My House?

    While there are few guarantees when it comes to house value, adding storage to a home can only be a good thing. If done tastefully, it could add notable value to your home.

    What Are the Easiest Ways to Add Storage to the Space Under My Stairs?

    The easiest and cheapest ways to add storage to your home is to add hooks or shelving units. These can be used for many different purposes, and are a versatile addition to any space.

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