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Under stairs - wasted space

trinity_12_12February 19, 2013
I would really appreciate help in trying to figure out what to do with this space under the stairs. The height from ground floor to first landing is only 52 inches (132cm) and the section that has the most head height is against the wall! Not a clever builder. There are no windows. Thank you, much appreciated
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soberg
To me, the simplest and best is just to do nothing with it and leave it as empty space.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 5:04AM
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Gabberts Design Studio
You could custom build some drawers, search in the photo area of Houzz...there are a lot of great solutions
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 5:09AM
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Liza Jane Interiors
I would close it in and use for storage or bookshelves. Hard to tell from photo.
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 5:12AM
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DIAspoton
build in bookshelves foe books or line with attractive baskets for storage
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 5:28AM
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ASVInteriors
From your image it looks as if both sides of your staircase are open. Can you consider closing up the left bannister with a wall and a door in front (to the left of the stairs). On the other side close the wall. Now you have a storage room.
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 5:28AM
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trinity_12_12
Thank you everyone for your comments! soberg and J have made me see this space in a different light and instead of 'wasted' it now feels uncluttered and airy :-) so I think I might just leave it as is. @ J, it is an actual photo of the space. Thanks again everyone for your input!
3 Likes    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 5:37AM
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Bonnie
I do like the idea of leaving it empty and enjoying the light airy feeling. On the other hand, if you have small children you could close it in and make a playspace... I have seen pictures on Houzz for this idea.
2 Likes    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 5:47AM
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decoenthusiaste
I think I'd remove the mirror because it is just increasing the effect of all the bannister! Have you considered color blocking the area? Can't see the rest of your space but some people love color, and even several shades of a neutral color can add interest to the blocks of walls. It can be funky or subtle
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1 Like    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 5:50AM
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violinist3713
You can also build a mini built in office to maximize you office space if you're lacking
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 4:19PM
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Carolyn C. Interior Decorator, Brampton, ON.
I'm with leaving it empty below, but here's a view of what it will look like if you redo it in wood. It changes the look dramatically. I didn't do it all as it's a lot of work, but this will help you see if in a different light.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 4:44PM
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trinity_12_12
Wow! First time I've posted and I'm thrilled with the response! @ Carolyn C, would never have thought of re-doing in wood but what a dramatic change :-) It would create a real feature of the stairs. Love it! @ Bonnie, have a 6 month old grandson so love your idea too. This is my vision, leave it open and colour block as per decoenthusiaste to make a lovely play area for my grandson. Loving this site and all it's creative members :-)
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sarahmccorm
I really like the darker wood on the stairs! I have same thing in my house stairs with empty space im leaving it for now but thanks for great ideas!
    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 6:17AM
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wisneb
Other than enclosing it, what about a different tile color like dark gray/slate or something?
    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 7:58AM
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KShoa
This is an old discussion.
    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 10:32AM
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Genevieve
Add dry wall to one side of it and do this
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