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Old 01-14-2017, 03:16 PM  
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Storage cubbies on stairwell wall


My wife has asked if I could put some built ins on the exterior wall of the stairwell in the back corner of our house. Initially, I didn't think it would be an issue... Then I took a stud finder to the wall.

The stairs parallel an exterior wall separating the living area from the garage. I assume that wall to be an interior load bearing wall because it lands on a masonry basement wall. The wall I want to cut into makes up the other side of the stairwell. With my studfinder, I've determined there appear to be a kingstud (making up the corner where the stairs open to the 2nd floor), and two doubled-up studs.

The wall runs parallel to joists, so it doesn't appear to be load bearing, but the studding gives me pause as to whether it's supporting the stairs and safe to cut into.

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Old 01-14-2017, 03:32 PM  
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Re: Storage cubbies on stairwell wall


I can't tell for sure, but there appears to be a hallway under the back of the stairs.

If so a closet might be put in there.

At any rate you really need to bust some drywall to investigate for sure.

I once thought that I had found a wide stud supporting the upstairs, and tore into the wall only to discover a vent instead.

Some previous person had disconnected a stove vent, left it in place, and covered it over.

So you will not really know what is under there until you break into the cavity.

A series of storage drawers is a nice addition under most stairs, most stairwells are just an empty hole, and can accommodate drawers and a small closet for a vacuum, brooms and such.


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Old 01-14-2017, 04:00 PM  
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You have some stairs there I wouldn't want to touch, but if you must here is an idea.

http://stairscapes.com/a-great-examp...stair-storage/
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Once you have figured out your structure, Google images 'under stairs storage' - there are really cool ideas there.
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Along the stairs, you have half of full wall and bottom half sloped for the open feel and rails. There is a full stringer that is supported by all of that wall and possibly blocks between the studs. Under the photo stairs, there is the bsmt stairs. As such, removing the drywall may reveal 3 and half inch of space between max 14" of bays and may be the ends of nails here and there. Basically, there is no space for use.
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Finally coming back to this. School's about to start again, so it's on her mind again.

I finally pulled some drywall down from inside the closet so I could get a look at studs. What I thought was a king stud appears to just be a double stud at the the of the partial wall on the stairway.

To me, this doesn't look load bearing. Also, like I said in the original post, the wall runs parallel to joists and sits on top of subfloor. My plan is to cut these and land them on top of a doubled header made from 2x4s, then insert a plywood box into the empty opening. The box would be deeper than the wall to create storage.
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