[Tips’n’Bits]: Create additional storage space in staircases

No matter how big one's home or commercial space is, its rather common to find each and every household yearning for additional storage space in their homes and office spaces. Its perhaps an unending endeavor to search for better options so as to optimize and enhance every additional inch of usable space that could be made available for storing the household things... be it for the son's toys & games, or for little daughter's dolls & dresses. Or even for that matter of fact, for storing the enormous numbers of footwear.

Team bricks-n-mortar today would tip their valuable readers to use the staircases optimally, thereby using all the possible spaces available. 

Here are two of the many ideas we suggest our clients:

1. By making customized cupboards under the stairs' waist slab on course to its flight as well as the mid landing.

This is an easy option where the stairs are rising as straight flights (and not the spiral ones). The inclined space made available underneath the waist slab (which means the inclined support made out of steel, concrete- reinforced or plain cement concrete or wooden) is made good for storage by making cupboards of required shape and size. These cupboards can be kept open or can be made closed by suitable framework and shutters.
2. By designing a combination of Option #1 above as well as utilizing the Stair risers and treads

Somebody has rightly said that necessity is the mother of innovation (invention). When planning for more usable storage space, one can even design the risers and treads of the stairs as smaller but helpful storage spaces.

[For letting the non-technical persons understand as what risers and treads are, let us tell you that the horizontal surfaces of the steps where our feet land are called the treads; where as the vertical surfaces of these steps are called the risers]

The steps can thus be designed like drawers which can be made to slide outwards when reaching into and using the storage space.

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  1. thank you very much team bricks-n-mortar for the nice suggestion, which i have incorporated in my new house being constructed in the outskirts of gurgaon (haryana) ncr region. i have utilised the space under the stairs in making a store room for my son's utilities and have carved out a few small cupboards for storing so many such loose things which otherwise are a problem to manage.

    thank you once again. keep it up.

  2. Can I utilize the space under my staircase made in steel also?
    Please suggest.

  3. Dear Samantha,

    Staircases made in steel (structural steel, as it is known in technical terminology!) also use the same concept of flights, landings and steps comprising of the risers and treads. As such, there can be no deterrents that may restrict one to utilize the space under the stair's flight(s). Though, the only catch in some cases can be if the staircase is spiral or vertical ladder-rung-type in nature, or not having a floor and/or platform at the base. Otherwise there seems no problem whatsoever in utilizing the space in the same manner as for any other staircase.

    In case you still can't figure out how, send us a few snaps and related dimensions of your stair and surrounding area at our emails
    team.bricksnmortar@gmail.com or help.bricksnmortar@gmail.com
    whereupon we shall assist you in whatsoever manner in planning and execution as well.

    -Shelly Arya
    (for Team B-n-M)

    Samantha wrote:
    > Samantha has left a new comment on your post "[Tips-n-Bits]: Create additional storage space in ...":
    > Can I utilize the space under my staircase made in steel also?
    > Please suggest.

  4. I completely agree its a good idea as I myself is having storage under both the stairs in my villa. People should surely utilize this space as it seldom get used otherwise.

  5. good design information. i will make like this in my home also. thanks a lot for sharing

  6. Got my space designed like tis after reading your blog. Smiles. Thanks


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