3 ways to maximise the space under your stairs

Date Friday, 24 July 2015 12:00 AM

Efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to floor plan designs, meaning that you'll want to make the most of the space available to you. Many people who are building a new home focus on designing the perfect living room, kitchen and bedrooms - the areas where you'll spend the majority of your time. This often leaves some sections of the house looking and feeling like awkward nooks and crannies that serve no real purpose and inevitably become unsightly storage rooms.

The space under the stairs is an excellent example. All too often, this area devolves into a wasteland of shoes, vacuum cleaners and broken appliances. However, with some clever design, you can turn this messy swamp into a beautiful part of your new home. Here are our three favourite ways to utilise the space under the stairs: 

How can you make better use of the wasted space beneath your stairs?How can you make better use of the wasted space beneath your stairs?

1. Install a bookshelf

Installing a bookshelf under the stairs is one of the simplest and most effective ways you can transform the area into a usable space. For a subtle effect, match the materials and colour of the shelves to the surrounding walls, or consider concealing them behind sleek cupboard doors. Alternatively, turn the shelves into something of a feature by opting for contrasting colours or an ornate design. 

A wine rack under the stairs can add sophistication to your home.

2. Turn the space into a wine rack

Few things ooze sophistication quite like a dedicated wine rack, and what better place to put one than in the dead space under your stairs? While the design will depend on the overarching theme of your home, consider using materials such as dark, rich wood to give the space an extra stylish touch. If you've got young ones, it might be wise to keep the bottles secure with a lockable glass door.

3. Use the area as a mini work station

Sure, a laptop and Wi-Fi mean that you can work from the couch or the dining table, but let's face it, you don't get as much done in these spaces as do in an office. A simple L-shaped desk and computer chair that match the surrounding decor can instantly turn the space under the stairs into a productive work area. Unlock even greater functionality by installing some shelves above and to the side of the desk.

There are many ways you can make effective use of space in your new home. For more design inspiration, visit one of our display homes.

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