Some spaces are hard to fill in. Sometimes they are too small, others oddly shaped, and others even in between furniture or different rooms. The little alcoves under a set of stairs can often be included in one or more of the categories we just mentioned.
It is a shame, however, to leave these spaces empty and unintended, as they can be used for function, if not beauty, at least.
So if you need more space for something and have neglected the area under your stairs thus far, now is definitely the time to take a good look under there and make use of this small, perhaps hidden alcove in your house.
To help you with that, we’ve put together 25 Ways To Make Use Of The Space Under Stairs, which you can find in the article you’re about to look through.
Under Stairs Bookcases
This hidden, L-shaped bookcase is gorgeous because it matches the stairs so well that it looks embedded in that space. The actual case holds a large amount of books and a spotlight on top, which is perfect for someone who might pick up a book and read while sitting at the chair conveniently placed at the outer corner.
Library Under The Stairs
This little library space looks quite modern, as do the stairs above it. The actual case features a mix of books and decorative items, while the remaining space features a couple of matching charcoal couches, which could be used for reading or socializing.
Bookshelves Under Stairs
There are floating stairs in this case, so there isn’t a bookshelf per se but rather a number of shelves along the wall, peeking behind the staircase. This is something you can replicate even if you don’t have this type of staircase, as extra shelves are always useful.
Built-In Bookshelves Under Stairs
These stairs were built atop a very solid wall, which was probably a bit of an eyesore. To fix the problem and make the area both more beautiful and useful, an open cabinet or bookcase was built into the wall.
This case is similar to the previous one, but the final result is even better. The whole area under the stairs was made hollow and filled in using antique-looking drawers that add some charm to the area while also providing plenty of storage room.
Storage Under The Stairs With Ikea Kallax System
Here’s a good budget option to use the space below the stairs wisely and be able to change it easily. A system of open storage cubes was installed below the stairs, stopping a couple feet short so that their tops could be used to place plants and other taller decorative elements. via spacesavinggenius
Decorative Display Area With Wooden Crates
This is similar to the previous image, but the storage units were created from old crates, which allowed for full customization. There is a mix of items in the units, from books to pictures, coke boxes to plastic bottles. The space also includes a side table, a wall decoration and a picture frame. via houzz
Bath Design Under Stairs
This project shows you how to make intelligent use of spare space, as a small room was created under the stairs, serving as a cozy toilet room, which is quite practical but completely hidden from guests when the door is closed. via houzz
Powder Room Under Stairwell
This may have otherwise seemed small, but a whole vintage powder room actually fit under the staircase. It features a toilet, sink and mirror, which is very convenient during dinner parties, but it also stays out of the way and hidden when not in use.
Don’t want your pets sleeping out in the cold during winter? Well, you can build quite a nice and cozy pet house under the stairs as you see here. Doing this ensures your furry friend can be comfortable and have its own space, while not intruding in your daily and social life. via bannistercustomhomes
Dog House Under Stairs
This project is definitely uncommon, as a small room was built inside the staircase to serve as a dog house, complete with a door that somewhat matches the staircase.
Home Office Under Stairs
Here’s a great option for when your house doesn’t have an extra room you can convert into an office. This little alcove features a pair of L-shaped shelves for folders, a table with side drawers to serve as a work space and a vintage-style chair – all you need to work at home.
Under Stairway Office Space
This workspace is actually quite bare, and could still be enhanced. At this point it features a counter with a table lamp and several other items scattered about as well as a modern chair, but that’s it.
Reading Nook With a Window
This little reading nook features a soft recliner or single bed with drawers, an overhead light and a decorative quarter-circle window. It’s perfect for cozy reading but it could also be used as a guest bed if needed. via houzz
This is an unmistakable reading nook, with all the books filling the floating L-shaped bookshelves. There’s also a comfortable-looking seating area underneath, perfect for reading alone or with a friend.
Reading Nook Under The Staircase
Here’s a reading nook that is actually embedded under the stairs, creating a cozy environment for reading sessions. It features wood covered walls, a hanging lamp and a cushioned bench with shelves underneath, where books and magazines can be stored.
Making a closet under the stairs for shoes and accessories is a great idea, as you can easily grab your coat and shoes as you leave the house and do the opposite as soon as you get home.
This little mudroom embedded under the stairs is fantastic for holding children’s backpacks and shoes, so that they don’t dirty up the house when they come home from school. via hometalk
This mudroom is very well-organized, with a vertical section for coats and bags, as well as sections at the bottom whose baskets could be used for shoes. Other, smaller sections hold books and decorative items.
Most people store their best wines in a properly conditioned wine cellar, but some collectors might prefer to have them on display. The space under this staircase mimics a traditional wine cellar with a wine cabinet as well as shelves on which bottles are displayed. The textured tile floor really enhances the space.
This space is meant for tasting wine rather than just displaying it. The open room features a kitchen-style counter for mixing and serving drinks, as well as wooden shelves displaying the bottles and utensils, much like in a real bar. via houzz
This little cozy seating area is similar to a reading nook, since it features a cushioned chair as the main piece, surrounded by pictures, a wooden rack and a side table.
Under The Stairs Playhouse
Why would you build a playhouse in a cramped bedroom when you have space under the stairs? This one is really cute with its pastel colors as well as the farmhouse doors and windows. Little details like the awnings on the windows and the small planter on the front sill are the icing on the cake. via thriftyandchic
Building a pantry underneath the stairs is definitely the best thing to do if yours are near the kitchen. This one features open white shelves from floor to ceiling, where different kinds of foods are stored. A little cart that is used to take the items back and forth is shown at the entryway beside the open door. via thekitchn
Kitchen Under The Stairs
Now this is an extremely good example of space usage, as a whole kitchen was built between the stairs and the back wall. It features everything from a small wooden table to white and light gray counters, cabinets and appliances, which makes the space fully functional. via houzz