In these space-starved times, most of us want to utilise every inch of storage in our homes. So making the most of under-stairs cupboards and stairway shelving doesn’t just make sense, it can be key to a calm, clutter-free environment.
The main trick with under-stairs storage is to decide what you actually need it for: many of us live unhappily with a single cupboard stuffed to the gills with a mix of cleaning kit, paint tins and light bulbs. But simply dividing this space up into a couple of separate cupboards and drawers can impose the order and access you crave. Here are 12 different ways to make the most of what you’ve got.
Create open shelving
Don’t automatically assume the under-stairs area should be reserved for hiding the Hoover and sundry shopping bags. Open shelving can look stylish, as these chic box shelves prove – more conventional horizontal shelves might have been messier. Here they provide a home for oversized art and travel books, while the soft grey woodwork contrasts with the hallway and adds an elegant feel.
Tip Note these shelves are fairly shallow – you could decide to divide up your under-stairs cavity into narrow display shelves, while retaining a skinnier hidden cupboard behind.
Max your drawers
Think about the exact combination of storage that will work for the way you live. These open cubbyholes have been supplemented by a low bank of drawers – ideal for stashing the post, dustpan and brush and other household paraphernalia.
With the dimensions of our homes shrinking, you might decide you’re actually better off using your under-stairs area to extend an adjacent room. This spot adds to the kitchen, with an extra worktop, shelf and sink for drinks prepping. The simple, industrial-style staircase adds to the modern feel.
Using the same Scandi-pale wood for these under-stairs cabinets as the staircase and banister creates a feeling of uniformity and order. Rather than creating one cupboard, the architect has divided them into smaller cupboards that will be easier to keep tidy and navigate in a hurry.