Cupboard Under the Stairs
If the side of your stairs is just a blank wall, there’s a good chance there’s at least a few feet of empty space behind that wall. Leave the wall but find a place to install a door and clean out the space for an extra cupboard underneath the staircase. The subtle, out-of-sight storage is perfect for extra sports equipment and boxes of papers and files alike.
Shelving Under the Stairs
If you’ve found that extra space behind the wall but you don’t want to keep the blank wall, consider taking it down (talk to a contractor about maintaining the stability of the stairs, of course), finishing the space underneath, and adding some open shelving or a low bookcase. The additional storage, while helpful on its own, can also contribute to some stylish interest around the stairs. If you’re really handy, you can also opt to build some built-in shelving for books or keepsakes; not only will the entire area look streamlined and thought out, but you have more control over the number, shape, and size of the shelves you add (go for a tiered look at the top to mirror the ascent of the stairs).
No matter which option you choose, there’s always room for innovation and creativity! Maybe your staircase is the perfect spot for a built-in bookcase that ascends with the stairs, or maybe you have a custom-made set of free-standing shelves in mind. Either way, focusing on finding storage solutions around the stairs can keep your stairway from becoming a cluttered mess…and it may just save your life (or at least your wallet from a ton of medical bills)!