May 31, 2016 2 min read

There are many awkward spaces around your stairs that I bet you are not utilizing. But what if you could maximize that space and have one of a kind storage solutions? You may have to think outside the box a bit, but if you’ll stick with me, you’ll probably find yourself off daydreaming up your own creative and clever storage solutions.

If your staircase has a mid-rise landing, take advantage of the space by adding bookshelves. Keep the shelving slim so you don’t hinder traffic flow. You can make these shelves stand out as much or as little as you would like. If you want a pop of color, try adding some paint to the backs of the bookshelves. For a blended and seamless look, keep them the same wood tone as your staircase.

Add a niche to a landing wall and add decorative baskets to hide storage items. Got stuff you just don’t know what to do with? Adding a niche with hidden away storage is perfect.

If you have a large landing at the very top of your stairs it can easily be transformed into a cozy and functional workspace. Arrange shelves and a desk to maximize your space while being mindful of stairway access. Add organizing supplies to keep the area neat and efficient. Or if you already have an office, set up a homework space for the kids. The kids will enjoy having their own space and you will be surprised at how much you love it, too!

You can also add a bench and built in shelving to a large landing to create a reading nook. This may not be an option for everyone, but you can vary your project based on the amount of space you have. Who wouldn’t want a mini library?

Add hidden storage in the floor of your landing. Create a door that lifts from the floor to use wasted space beneath stairs. Of course this adds much needed practical storage but it also makes for a really cool hiding spot that will leave the neighbor kids jealous and in awe during games of hide and seek.

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