Stairing Your Clutter Down – Under Stair Storage

by on March 24, 2012Laura Leist

Some of the best places to store and organize items in your home are in places that you may think of least. Why? Because they weren’t necessarily designed with a specific purpose in mind. There may also be a lot of wasted space that could be converted to a storage area that is more usable and accessible.

Do You Have Space for Under Stair Storage?

One such area you may be able to convert is the space underneath or on the backside of your stairs. Depending on the type of staircase and the space you have, there are several ways to utilize this space.  Below are some pictures to help visualize these ideas and how you can create some amazing stair storage.

  • Convert the back side of the staircase into shelves.
  • Build pull-out storage cabinets underneath the staircase.
  • Convert stairs to drawers.
  • Install drawers underneath the stairs.
  • Create an under stair work alcove – for a small home office or kid’s homework area.

What Can You Store Under the Stairs?

The possibilities are endless, but here are some ideas for what you could store in these areas:

  • Off-season clothing
  • Shoes
  • Craft supplies
  • Extra linens
  • Suitcases
  • Books and magazines
  • Office supplies
  • Memorabilia
  • Wine, in a cabinet or cooler with appropriate temperatures
  • Toys
  • Serving pieces used infrequently
  • Sports gear
  • Holiday décor

From Staircase to Shelves

stair storage ©2012 Eliminate Chaos

The shelves on the backside of this staircase are used to house office supplies, as the adjacent area is a home office for a small business. The goal was to make these items easily accessible in a non-cluttered way by using a variety of products to disguise the contents. We used green cloth acid-free boxes to contain various forms of memorabilia such as letters and photos. We used bamboo media boxes to contain CD’s and DVD’s. Bamboo magazine holders were used to store office supplies such as file folders, photo paper, and some magazines.  Beautiful green linen boxes were used to store various projects, legal notepads, stationery and greeting cards. There is a place for everything and because each storage solution is easy to access, it invites you to ensure things get put in their proper place and remain organized.

Pull-Out Cabinets Provide Maximum Storage Under Stairs

under stair storage Copyright 2008 August Home Publishing Company. Used with permission of publisher

Building your own under-stair storage cabinets is another option to completely hide items stored while taking advantage of the depth of the storage space. Because each cabinet can be pulled out, it’s easy to access items stored all the way in the back.

Convert Stairs to Drawers

Have you ever considered the space that is underneath each stair you climb? You could convert each stair into a drawer that could be used for storing similar smaller items as seen in the picture below.

stair storage drawer Stair drawers by

Installing Drawers Under Stairs

Drawers of all shapes and sizes can be installed under stairs. Before you decide drawer dimensions, determine the contents of each drawer as well as the volume of items in that category.  This will allow you or your contractor to design the exact space to fit your needs.

Where’s Laura?

When this article is posted, I will be at our annual industry conference with an opportunity to see the latest organizing products, ideas and solutions on the market.  I look forward to sharing some of these ideas with you in my upcoming articles. Until then …

Laura Leist, CPO
Organizing with Laura

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Jack freeman May 23, 2013 at 6:21 am

I want to convert my staircase to storage. However, I only have access from the back, not the side or front. Any thoughts???.

Warm regards,

Jack A. Freeman


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