Monday, October 4, 2010

What To Do Underneath the Stairs?

We have been discussing the basement layout lately, and one topic under discussion is the space underneath the stairs. I do not have a decent pic of our stairs as they are today, but they are just a basic straight set of stairs up one wall with a landing half way up (exit to the outside). The stairs will need to be rebuilt as part of our basement renovation, and our plan to date has been to drywall underneath the stairs and use that space as storage. Here is an example I found online of something similar:

We could also do some kind of more functional storage by installing large sliding drawers, like this project.

We are currently considering keeping the space underneath the stairs open. The primary goal would be to make the basement look bigger, but could there be a use for this space? I like the look of open risers, but those are not very safe for kids, so we plan to stay with standard risers. The folks at 8 foot 6 have a nice little workspace underneath their stairs, but that wouldn't work well with our ceiling height and landing location.

Our space would be more suited for kids, since the height underneath the stairs is too low for adults. So, should we store toys underneath there? Maybe have a little play kitchen or something? Do you know what I really want to do with the space? Build a playhouse under there! This does not help with the lack of storage in our house and it does not make the basement space seem larger, but it would be pretty darn cute.


Kathy said...

What about a little kids' reading nook ? You could hang some flat bookcases like this on the wall and set up some little mini people chairs and floor cushions ? Could be a cozy spot. My friend did an easy DIY version of that Pottery Barn bookcase and it looks great.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I say go with the playhouse. You only have little peanuts for a short time and you should enjoy it as much as possible. Our kids loved playhouses and I think it would be real value-added to your basement. If you are thinking of staying in the same house for a long time, you might think about size and door placement in terms of using it as storage later.

Maggie @ Okay, now what? said...

Do the play house! It would be so cute!

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