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Reclaim your home: Under-the stairs space




Even if you're not especially tight on space, the area under the stairs may hold untapped potential for your home. Most of these projects require help from a handy person, but often even a small investment pays huge returns in terms of style, storage, or both.

Put in a powder room. If you're tired of sharing your family bathroom with company or fighting for mirror time with a teen, a small powder room can be a saving grace. Plus, I personally think decorating these super-small spaces are extra fun. You'll definitely want to bring in the pros for this one, but a simple sink and toilet are really all it takes.

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Get storage savvy. I have to say that storage solutions have sure come a long way in recent years. There are so many cute, functional options for adding shelves, drawers and cubbies under the stairs or to just about any area of your home. Keep your entryway clear by stowing shoes and other gear in hide-and-seek shelves that slide right into the wall. Avoid closet chaos by assigning everyone in the family their own cubby for jackets and bags or opt for a deep set of drawers to store sports gear, linens, and toys.

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Create a kid-friendly nook. Is your little one needing a little getaway? Kids thrive with safe, private spaces they can call their own. Whether your kid likes to read, make art, chat with imaginary friends, or invent their own games, they'll love you (even more) for dedicating a cozy just for them.

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Get down to business. Turns out, grown-ups thrive with places they can call their own, too! Keep it simple with a basic desk and chair or get more creative with artwork, shelves, and other storage. For more inspiration, check out Command Central: The Busy Mom's Best Friend.

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Show and tell with shelves. Older homes have oodles of charm but can be short on shelf or display space. Whether you need more space for books or want to show off art or other trinkets, built-in shelves afford lots of options. I love the look of recessed shelves with subtle lighting, plus they don't disturb the space in the rest of the room.

 

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Fill in the blank! Another great use for under-the-stair space is whatever your home needs! Wine cellar? Cozy dog hideaway? That space is truly yours for the taking, so make it count.

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Sara Eizen is a Seattle-based interior designer and home organizer with a passion for helping busy families reclaim style and space in their homes on any budget. In a bi-weekly column for Seattle's Child, Sara shares creative, fun, affordable tips and tricks for clearing clutter, sprucing up rooms with minimal effort, creating systems that simplify family life, and much more.

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