Getting Down To Basics with Homes

Reclaiming Unused House Space.

For many people the space beneath the stairs is an area to store extra sports gear, out of season clothing, junk, or worse – it is dead space not being used for whatever.

With a little creativity and a bit of work you can turn that space into a major surprise.

Need more closet space? The space under the stairs in your home can turn into your daughter’s room. May be it is currently a place for other crap and toys. The initial step is to eliminate all of the crap, place shelves on the sides of the wall that she can place her shoes atop of and inside of that hung a wire shelf that is vented. It is possible to hang clothes and her dresses on hangers from the front of the shelf and then put her jeans and blankets on the shelves. Put hooks on which to hang belts and purses on the wall. Alternatively, hang a cord so she can reach them. This should double the closet space inside her room.

You may turn this space into a coat, umbrella, shoe cupboard if the space under the stairs is centrally located in the house. The secret is to keep the space organized with baskets, shelves and hanging rods.

Kid’s Playroom: Kids love to get back in little spaces they believe no one else can access and will play there for hours. Likewise, you can line the inside of the space so that the small ones can draw on with dry-erase markers.

Electronics and computer charging station: It can also be set to keep the games and such, and to have a charging station for all your electronic gadgets and telephones such as IPods. Build in the shelves you want for each cord to come up wiring and receptacles. You may need to employ an electrician for this -check with the local area codes. This is a wonderful place to maintain the family calendar and a board to keep everyone organized. This especially works if the space that is under the stairs is centrally located in the house near the kitchen or foyer room or dining area. The distance will have to be lit.

Home Office Space: This may work if you need a small space the width of the stairway – install a counter-top beneath when you aren’t using it the width of the stairway that your office seat can slide. Ensure you have sufficient lighting. You may install cork to be used as a bulletin board. You are able to make the most of the distance by hanging baskets that are staggered on the walls on each side.

These ideas will help you maximize your home’s space by utilizing this often overlooked area under the stairway – each square foot counts.