Are you looking for creative ways to make more of dead space in your home? Whether you’re short on room elsewhere or simply want to create something new, there are plenty of viable options for the space under your stairs. And why not? You could improve your family’s quality of life and add value to your home in the process.
51% of homeowners planned renovations in 2021 as rising house prices encouraged lots of us to stick with what we have. Kitchen and outdoor areas have been key focuses for many – but home offices and extra storage are also in high demand.
Whatever your priorities, the space under stairs can be incredibly flexible. Read five ways to make yours work harder below.
A home office
36% of UK adults worked from home at least once in late January 2022. Whether you work hybrid or full remote, a dedicated home office can be hugely beneficial for your productivity and state of mind.
Depending on the depth of your space, you could integrate a desk, seating and shelves to help you get to work. Add artificial lighting if the space is shaded and consider using noise-cancelling headphones if the area can get busy.
Coat and shoe storage
It’s always handy having somewhere to dump your coats and shoes when coming in from outside, especially if you have children or go on regular dog walks.
A fitted wardrobe will keep everything neat and tidy instead of letting it pile up on the floor and spill into other rooms. Choosing doors that match the rest of your home will help your extra storage blend in seamlessly.
A pet den
If you like to pamper your pet, then why not build them a den with everything they need to snooze, eat and play? Dogs and cats in particular love a cosy space, and the extra storage could keep their bowls and toys tidy.
Organising all their essentials in one place will free up space in your kitchen and hallway too.
If you’re something of a bookworm, you might have literature piling up in every room in your home. Turning the space under your stairs into a tiered bookcase will allow you to collect all your favourite reads and organise them however you see fit.
Dot picture frames and houseplants throughout to create an aesthetically appealing display.
Maybe all you want is an extra place to sit down, take a break and relax. The space under your stairs could easily incorporate a bench for reading or enjoying a drink, away from the chaos of busy social spaces. Add soft cushions and throws to make the area inviting in any season.
Could any of these renovation ideas benefit your home and lifestyle?