Flights of Fancy: Reinventing the Space Under Your Stairs

Need some ideas on how to take advantage of the space under your stairs? Potential abounds in this often-unused area in many homes. 

As I begin all projects with a new client, I ask lots of questions. In this case, “Do you need more storage (or specialized storage), more living space, or other dedicated zones to make your life easier or more enjoyable?” and always end with “What is your budget (and timeline)?”

If it is storage you need, figure out what needs to be housed and the best methods to do so.  Storage under the stairs can be open or closed. Open styles, especially near your front entrance often include hooks for coats and keys and cubbies for purses, backpacks, gym bags, briefcases, and the like. The cubbies can be vertical or horizontal, with the option for a knee-high horizontal configuration to serve as seating for putting on your footwear.

Specialized storage options should meet your needs as well.  The most beautiful wine cellars I have seen have been carved into space under the stairs with glass doors to push the wow factor to the limits. Or perhaps you need toy storage so doors and drawers might include pull-out bins on wheels so the children can easily maneuver them. If you require more pantry space or linen storage, be sure to add wire racks or wooden shelves behind the doors.

Depending on the real estate available under the stairs, better living options are possible, too.  Consider a cozy reading nook, a secret playhouse for the children, or a pet paradise with kennel and sleeping accommodations.

Finally, if your home might require a new or new location for a powder room, laundry zone, craft corner, or indoor garden, plan accordingly for electricity and water as necessary.

What is your flight of fancy?

Barbara Graceffa is President and CEO of Secretary of the Interior in Quincy, MA offering creative solutions at reasonable rates. Learn more about her decorating, decluttering, and home staging services, workshops and quilt shows at, and follow her on

By Barbara Graceffa

Barbara Graceffa, CEO of Secretary of the Interior, serves decorating clients; assists with professional organizing, home staging and moving assistance; teaches on these subjects; and delivers quilt lectures and trunk shows.

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