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Clever under stair storage ideas for a super organised hallway

Make first impressions count with these practical and stylish under stairs storage ideas from other homeowners.

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Tired of tripping over a mountain of shoes, coats, bags and toys as soon as you walk through the front door? Under stair storage might just be what you need.

Lucky for you, you’ve landed on this goldmine of under stair storage ideas that other homeowners have embraced in their homes!

Hallways are busy areas. It’s the main space for putting on coats, kicking off shoes and dumping bags. The hallway also sets the tone for the rest of your home. Shoe racks and coat hooks are fine, but it’s time to consider under stairs storage solutions to seriously streamline the entrance to your home.

You could buy off-the-shelf under stairs units, but a custom-made under stairs design will utilise every inch of your space.

Under stairs design ideas

When it comes to under stair storage ideas, there are plenty of options. You’ll be amazed at how creatively this redundant part of the hallway can be utilised to great effect.

Whether you have a boxed in or open under stairs cupboard might determine what you do with it. With expertise and budget, these areas can be transformed.

Head for the expertise of a carpenter who will help visualise your under stairs design dreams. Be aware that your design might need to work around a gas or electricity meter and any awkward pipes, but a professional can help out with any tricky design dilemmas.

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Check out these cupboard under stairs ideas:

1. Bespoke storage

bespoke under stairs storage

Create a neat storage hub with a tailor made bank of different sized cupboards for coats, shoes, wellies and umbrellas.

This is great for people that don’t have a boot room or a porch where you can store your stuff.

2. Deep drawers

under stair storage

Clever pull-out drawers that extend the full width of the staircase offer a really ergonomic design solution.

You can use them to store lots of things. Everything from shoes, clothes and spare goods.

3. A home for your pet

under the stairs pet storage

Use under stair storage for pet food, treats and beds – this way you’ll free up valuable space in your kitchen.

It’s also an extra cosy space for your pets to get comfortable in.

4. Mix of storage

under stairs storage

Build in a mix of closed cupboards and open shelving to stash books and seasonal items.

This is a lovely way of letting through this area of your home as a staircase that is completely closed off for storage can look a tad bulky.

5. Pantry

under stairs wine cellar

Fit in a pantry cupboard with rows of shelving and floor space for bulky items and large bottles. If you’re not lucky enough to have a separate pantry in your kitchen, then this is a great idea to make the most out of the space.

6. Cosy closet

bespoke storage under the stairs

Max out the space with an under stairs closet. Hang coats and jackets or else stash party dresses and formal suits that are aren’t regularly worn.

Under stairs shoe storage

under stairs shoe storage

Storing shoes is a household bugbear. A mountain of jumbled shoes, boots and trainers cluttering up the hallway is a design eyesore not to mention a tripping hazard. For large households, deciding how and where to stash a growing collection of footwear, is an even bigger pain

Don’t despair, the empty space under your stairs can be transformed into really usable shoe storage.

Here’s how to take the first steps towards a clutter-free entrance.

  • Try a simple DIY solution, by stacking shoe racks under your stairs and keeping them stable by attaching them to the walls
  • Take the customised route with slide-out cabinets built to take heavier weights and fitted with special shoe rails
  • Stash footwear in shallow under stairs areas – these are often the perfect size for shoes
  • Make a modern display out of your footwear collection with glazed doors
  • Invest in stackable shoe boxes with see-through panels – another simple way to store shoes under the stairs

Under stairs shelving

Kitting out an unused under stairs area with rows of shelving will bump up your hallway storage no end.

But first, work out what you want to store before you let loose with planks of wood and a hammer and nails.

1. Home office

Grey painted metal staircase with under-stair home office

It might be a compact space, but with some cleverly positioned shelving and a shallow desk this could be your new WFH hub.

2. Play room

under stairs toy storage

Line the walls with shelving for books and boxes of toys and transform an open under stairs zone into a cute play zone.

3. Library

under stairs library

Hire a carpenter to create bespoke cubbyholes for all your paperbacks and create a mini library to lust over.

4. Laundry room

under the stairs utility space

Hang the ironing board on the back of a door and line the walls with a mix of narrow and deep shelves for laundry powders, detergents, wash basket and iron.

5. Log storage

under stairs log storage

This is a very clever way of utilising the space underneath your stairs for something that is normally very awkward to store. Get a bespoke piece of shelving built or have a go at making it yourself to store your firewood.

For best results and a truly organised hallway, we recommend contacting a professional.

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Under stairs wine cellar

Wine lovers, take note!

If you’re looking for somewhere to stash your collection of red, rose and white vino, an under stairs wine cellar might be the answer

Try wine racks for a DIY wine storage solution. But for a serious wow factor head to a specialist company to create a bespoke under stairs wine cellar. They will look at every project individually, and consider your available space and the angles to work around.

  • Work out how many bottles you want to stash. Capacities vary depending on your needs and available space but can store around 350 bottles
  • Help maintain a constant temperature with double glazed glass screens to close off the area
  • Go industrial with wood and metal wine racks or more luxurious with solid wood pine racks
  • Try a mix of cellar cubes, individual bottle racks, display storage and worktops
  • Create a beautiful glow with LED lighting under shelves and over display bottles

If you’re interested in building under stair storage, hire a local professional…

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