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bamboo168 09-19-2012 12:24 PM

What can I do with this area under the stairs?
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Hi All, please give me suggestions on what can I do with this under stairs area?
I bought this mountain cabin, and I need help. what do you suggest?
a table under the stairs? a cabinet? any suggestions will help.

michelle k. 09-19-2012 05:23 PM

Hi Bamboo,
your space under the stairs is perfect for a home desk / internet station. At a desk, you sit down so you don't need to worry about bumping your head on the stair. Next off, i love watching tv while cooking in the kitchen, with an internet desk here you can watch online TV, or search & read recipes. It's also good for times when you find you are stuck in the kitchen all day getting a dinner together and want company in the kitchen - that won't taste up all your food or drive you crazy with suggestions, they can just sit and surf the web while your busy in the kitchen.
Ikea sells special shelving brackets & shelves that can be easily installed to your under the stair area. have a look :,r:3,s:0,i:82

bamboo168 09-19-2012 05:52 PM

Thanks Michelle, I love the angled wall shelving, and a desk is great idea, I was worried about the low overhead clearance.

KevinPh 09-20-2012 08:43 AM

It could also be a plant stand or a place to store shoes and coats with hooks on the walls

Trav'sgirl 09-20-2012 01:44 PM

I don't know if you have little ones, grandkids, nieces or nephews that would come visit, but I saw an awesome idea in a magazine (I don't remember which one). One couple had converted their under-stairs closet into a child's play room. Colorful paint, pint sized furniture, etc. made the tiny space feel all their own. It was a really cute space. Granted, for your place you might have to put up a couple little walls in order to do that. But I love the desk idea also, especially if A. there won't be kids around anyway, or B. the cabin is lacking space for an office desk elsewhere. Have fun with it!

Blondesense 09-21-2012 11:18 AM

Are you currently living there?

I'd recommend waiting a while. Don't fill it just to fill it.
Do you have a separate dining room? You may not have too much room if a dining table goes in that area.
In time it should become obvious what is needed, whether it is a small desk or possibly a bench to take off and store shoes and boots.

user1007 09-21-2012 12:48 PM

Careful not to do anything that will restrict airflow to the cold air return!

firsttimeremode 09-25-2012 12:38 AM

i second the desk idea

ifi.131 09-27-2012 07:26 AM

I also feel the desk idea is best!! With ample light flowing from the window! It would be a perfect place for your desk!

GBrackins 09-28-2012 03:14 PM

what ever you decide pay attention to what sdsester said ..... if you block of the vent you'll affect your system

Pianolady 09-29-2012 08:54 AM

I'd want a pantry of some kind, but I cook a lot and can always use more storage space. Maybe something with a wine rack built in, a wine fridge, or a tall dorm refrigerator for cans/bottles.

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