Every Little Counts- Our Top 5 Tips to Utilise the Forgotten Space Under the Stairs
We are finding more and more that property owners want their homes to work that little bit harder for them and, as a result, every square metre of space counts. To meet the lifestyle of today’s average family, designers and architects are constantly thinking of ingenious ways to use the smallest of spaces to best effect. An often neglected area is under the stairs but with a little imagination this could become your favourite spot in the house.
1 The Reading Nook
Small, cozy spaces make the perfect place to curl up with a book. Line the back wall with shallow shelving for books, accessorise with inviting cushions and throws and make sure there’s a resting place for your cup of tea or favourite tipple. Another tip is to incorporate lighting. An armed wall light is a good option. We also love these brass picture lights from LuxDeco which would look great in an under-stair reading corner.
2 The Office
Making the under-stair space into a compact, working office is a great addition to any home. It can be used by adults or kids as a designated homework space. If you tend to keep your workstation fairly chaotic, fit wide doors to hide the office when not in use. It is also the perfect space to be bold and experiment with if you usually play it safe. Use bright colours and bold patterns to create a truly inspiring space to work.
3 The Wine Cellar
Having a glass fronted wine cellar in the entrance hall can make quite a statement. For entertaining homes, a wine cellar is often a desirable feature but not many are keen on losing part of the kitchen or dining space to house one. The space under the stairs can therefore offer the perfect solution and with the right design can look very stylish. Keep it sleek and consider led lighting to highlight your collection. We’d suggest Spiral Cellars to assist with delivering the perfect wine storage.
4 Storage, Storage, Storage
There are many clever storage solutions that work perfectly under the stairs. From large pull out drawers, built in storage chests (that can also double as seating) and bespoke cupboards to help utilise every inch. We’re firm believers that you can never have enough storage! If you are keeping it simple with a walk in cupboard under the stairs, carry your decor through into the storage area to make it feel more thought through. See the image below with the exposed brick wall which continues into the under stair storage.
5 Utility Room
If your home is lacking a designated utility area, consider using the space under the stairs. A good design can normally incorporate a full size washing machine and tumble drier, allowing you to free up the space in your kitchen for more indulgent features. If you would prefer not to fully enclose the space but still want the area designated, consider these fantastic partially glazed screens by Plain English.
Cherie Lee Interiors – Interior Designer Hertfordshire