June 06, 2016 1 min read
Space under the stairs is easily forgotten because it is so well hidden, but there may be a gold mine of untapped extra square footage beneath your stairs which can be converted to storage space, shelving or drawers, or a mini work area. Check beneath your stairs to look for hidden potential.
If your stairs are not carpeted you can carefully pry up a tread and, using a flashlight, look underneath. If prying up a tread isn’t an option, try cutting a small hole in the drywall. Keep the hole small enough to easily patch but large enough to see inside.
If it looks like there is usable space, remove a larger section of drywall to get a closer look. Most stairs will be well supported at the top and the bottom of the stringers. Before going any further, make sure that your stairs are well supported. Check that the wall is not load bearing before removing any large potion.
If the wall is not load bearing and you would like to proceed in removing the wall, locate the studs and determine where you would like to remove the wall. Cut and remove the drywall where you will want to use space. Remove any studs that may be interfere with your new plans.
Clean out the space under the stairs thoroughly and start planning your project. The possibilities are endless.
Enjoy your newly found extra square footage.
Photo -"Stair to top floor from right." (CC BY 2.0) by Ctd 2005
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