Stairs and space are two things that usually do not mix. For one, for you to be able to install stairs, you first have to have ample space for it. Usually the case is no space, no stairs. In fact, spiral staircases that save up on space are kind of last-minute choices for those who don’t have much area to get around with during the stair installation. However, what if you can save on some space with your stairs? Since storage is an important aspect of very home and usually takes up a lot of floor space, here are some great storage opportunities with stairs:
Using stairs as a storage space is not something that is new. In fact, it is old news but what takes these ideas apart from the usual is that they are easy to do and do not require you have some special knowledge on carpentry. These ideas are as basic as it can get and only need some slight adjustment to your current stairway design.
A good way to save on space with your stairs is to incorporate multiple vertical shelves into your stair design. This is applicable to straight stairs which have a space underneath. Converting this space can mean an added storage for things such as magazines, journals, albums, umbrellas, framed pictures, or books that do not fit into the bookshelf.
Even curved stairs can be converted into useful storage. Appliances such as your refrigerator and dishwasher can be tucked under your stairs. This not only saves you space on you stairs but in your kitchen as well. Be sure to place appliances that do not heat up such as toasters, ovens, or microwaves which can possibly cause a fire. Just make sure that the height of the space under your staircase is enough to tuck the appliances in, and just enough so it can “breathe”. You know how sensitive appliances are when it comes to engine heat.
You can also use the space under the stair treads as a pull-out drawer for things which you don’t use that often, but those you don’t want to fully rest in your basement. Maybe you can put in there some shoes you only use during winter, or older gadgets which you don’t get to use as often as before.
See, you can actually maximize the usage of your staircase. After all, you already spent quite a fortune on it. Just remember to be practical and to take care of your staircase well…especially now that it has served more than just one purpose.Image Source : Pinterest