On our page you can find a series of articles with impressive ideas on the practical use of the space under the stairs. In this article we consider the idea of placing a home office there. The layout and plan depends on your wishes for comfort and type of activity, and we will offer you a variety of options, from minimal to very extensive.
All decisions can be divided according to the degree of globality and the budget allocated for the implementation of the office under stairs.
In the simplest version, under the stairs you can place a regular desk. The most compact will be created with the participation of countertops and shelves. If you prefer as much insulation as possible (and space under stairs allows it), you can build a mini cabinet equipped with a door. Those who are not embarrassed by the possibility of working, in part using the room where the ladder is located, will see ideas for organizing spacious storage systems that are optimal for this type of home office. In addition, we will show various decoration options for this area, as well as mini offices under the stairs.
Many homeowners face the problem of lack of space, and to help you guys, we keep sharing the best ideas and tips to get the most of what you have.
An ordinary desk under stairs
Even a simple desk is quite appropriate in the main role for creating a workplace under the stairs. In order for it to fit extremely harmoniously, it is worth correlating the color, material and shape of the table not only with your ideas about beauty, but also with the look of the lower staircase.
To draw attention to the spectacular desktop, it makes sense to think about the additional decoration of this area spectacular color or wall decoration material, material and shade of the shelves. If the room you plan it in does not differ in scope and width, it might be worth choosing a table with minimal differences from the overall color and texture palette.
When planning permanent work in the home office zone, do not forget to provide storage systems for necessary items, even if the table itself is chosen as the most common.
Compact work place under stairs
In a small space under stairs, you can also work quite comfortably. But sorting out the possible solutions, try to go for extreme compactness. Instead of a table, just a countertop attached to the wall with strong supports. Instead of standard racks: movable shelves and bedside tables under the countertop.
Comfortable workplace and storage systems
If you envision the future home office under the stairs as a complete workplace (for permanent work), it is advisable to choose more spacious storage systems. Depending on the possible area and the room where the ladder is located, these can be completely different solutions.
Here we see a cozy space, ideal to welcome your guests. Natural materials are combined with stone wall and wooden objects. Decorative accessories such as the circular rug, flowers and fruits in clear glass containers are also incorporated.
In this hall, beige is added to the walls, creating an elegant and at the same time calm setting. A balance is achieved between the contrast of black and white that includes the decorative accessories. The mirror leaning against the wall subtly increases the lighting for this cozy little welcoming space.
If you need a place to accommodate the garments or clothing accessories of your guests, what better way than to take advantage of your free space under the stairs by adapting a piece of furniture like this. It has everything you need, enough space to add scarves, bags, umbrellas or bags. It even fits a straight seat and more free space underneath to store more items. Similar baskets are added in this design creating a more harmonious look. And finally, to one side we see a table decorated with glass and metal elements with details in aubergine tones that match the tone of the walls and the seat cushions.
To create a study or office, you can also take advantage of the area under the stairs. Include a custom shelving system with built-in lighting and it will look amazing. Ideal to include books, pictures and other accessories. This large piece of furniture becomes the focal point of the space. The wood paneling creates a warm space, and the variety of muted colors on each shelf creates a perfect environment to immerse yourself in concentration.
High stairs have a great advantage as they help to convert the free space below into private rooms like this small office with sliding door. White painted walls and wood unify the exterior and interior. Fits large table as L-shaped desk and two shelves. A light and modern environment perfect for working.
Kitchens Under Stairs
If you only need a small corner to work, a table and a small piece of furniture may be enough. The pictures on the walls blend the white, black and green of the total decoration of this mini environment.
A kitchen or a small part of it can be very well under the stairs. In the first image we see that a linear kitchen has been designed with everything necessary, but in smaller proportions. The environment shines with the necessary dose of color to brighten up any morning in shades of green, blue and even red.
Bar: Under Stair Decoration
In this picture, a small kitchen extension is fitted with tableware and utensils in blue accents. It is a good option to use only a small portion of the ladder where it not only fits functionality but also a great decorative addition.
Decoration Under Stairs: Drawers and Shelves
You can also take advantage of the free area under the stairs with a small bar. Here they incorporate a piece of furniture in the second group of steps. The mirrors and glass tableware accompanied by metal utensils create a special shine and elegance for this corner. Relaxing colors such as blue and turquoise are used as an accent tone. White predominates, giving this area more clarity.
Rolling Shelves with Doors
Storage furniture is a great ally to include it under the steps. Whether it’s drawers, shelves or cabinets, they all contribute to a tidier home, hiding visual clutter. For this kitchen and dining room together, this space is used to add a magnificent structure with drawers and open shelving. Each step encompasses a row of drawers, in this way this shared environment looks organized, with clean and straight lines.
A practical option to capture more storage space is to add custom-made furniture under the stairs as in this design, which in addition to including several levels, wheels and door handles are adapted.
Staircase and Bookcase
In this youthful environment, the staircase has a double function, not only allows moving to the second level, but also, each step is used and transformed into niches to store and display objects. The uneven levels alternate between each step, making the space more fun and dynamic.
Shelving with Various Levels
In the same way, this staircase adapts several levels of shelving and works as a large bookcase for this small apartment. We also see that it has been painted white to blend smoothly into the entire space and thus highlight the vibrant tones of the decorative accessories.
Another way to get that space to display and accommodate objects is as we see in this design. Each step forms a ledge that creates an inverse structure to the ladder, thus partially hiding the decorative objects that are included.
Beautiful Interior Gardens
You can accommodate your bikes by connecting racks under the stair frame.
This space can also be used to create a beautiful interior garden design. As we see in this image, in addition to beautiful vertical plants, we see a small artificial pond that gives life and beautifies the environment.
Here we see another great option for an indoor garden under the stairs, with various objects that help to connect with nature and create a relaxing environment for your home.
Your pet can also have a nice environment under the stairs. In addition to a comfortable mattress with pillow, a small mural is created on the wall and drawers under the bed to store your clothes or whatever you want.
Rest and Relax Refuge
This is another option where a small environment has been created with doors included, in this way you can protect your pet during cold seasons.
Taking advantage of reading time can be motivating in a small space like this, which looks very comfortable and partially separated from the other rooms in the house.
Another great space for reading under the stairs with a large gray piece of furniture that defines elegance and contrast for this open and shared environment.
You can locate your multimedia area under the stairs with a piece of furniture that allows you to hide all the cables behind it. In this way you will make the most of the available space by saving on the television cabinet. If you also have a pet, you can dedicate the lowest part and least accessible to people to create a rest area like the one in this space. Cool!
Reading / relaxation corner
The stairwell is a place that is secluded enough to create an intimate and personal space. With a custom bench or bed and a few cushions you will be able to set it up, creating a quiet and comfortable space, where you can spend a very special night or lose yourself reading your favorite novel.
Fans of reading cannot ignore this option that allows them to have their most precious treasures at hand and in sight. A staircase that reinvents itself with a dual use, taking advantage of each of the steps to give space to shelves with capacity for many, many books. A multifunctional solution that will also highlight even more the architecture of the staircase!
If yours are not books but you still have other treasures to show such as photos, souvenirs, works of art or the odd collection, we propose this solution with shelf panels at two levels deep. In this way, in the bottom one you can place those less showy things, leaving the outer layer for the most apparent. Only suitable for deep stairwells Simply brilliant!
For narrower stairwells you can opt for a gallery, either art or mirrors. In both cases, we recommend that you bet on heterogeneity with pictures / mirrors of different sizes and shapes, different types of frames, as well as their arrangement for a personal and characterful result.
In the kitchen
Don’t underestimate the space under the ladder if it is in the kitchen. A good design and proper planning of how and where to place each element will help you take advantage of all the nooks and crannies without losing usability.
If you thought that you did not have enough meters to enable a home office, you were wrong. Put simple furniture in a light color palette and you will create a pleasant and functional space.
If your staircase leads to the hallway, a closet where you can store street clothes such as coats, shoes and bags is always a safe bet as well as practical, since you will have everything at hand when going out for a walk. The options are multiple and range from putting simple doors, without dressing the cabinets, to more sophisticated options with a built-in drawer mechanism.
Varied storage space
Such is the amount of possibilities and storage options under the stairs, from a cellar to a woodshed, storage in drawers or in baskets, that we could not resist putting on our small selection. Think carefully about your needs and you will surely find the solution that suits you perfectly.
A very appropriate option for those who do not need more storage space but do need an outlet space for children. With a toy house in the stairwell they will not only have a place tailored to their size, but you will also have them controlled inside the house. You and them, everyone happy!
If you are not considering going through a work or doing something custom, you can choose to put shelves or a sideboard under the stairs to give a neat and impeccable look. Here your style and taste for decoration will be the protagonists.