5 Staircase ideas for small spaces
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We live in a tall, 4-storey house so flights of stairs are integral to our daily lives. They needn’t just be a way to get up and down. Here are a few useful staircase ideas for small homes or simply to make the most of an often under-utilised area of the house.
Save on space
If the rooms in your house are on the compact side, remove the traditional stairway and replace it with a spiral staircase such as those available at Fontanot Shop. A spiral staircase has a much smaller footprint than most other types of stairways giving you extra, much needed floor space for furniture and appliances. They’re also architecturally interesting and can give real impact to a room.
Another great tip to reduce a staircase footprint is to install stair treads instead of conventional steps in narrow, steep stairways such as up to loft conversions. You walk up them in just the same way and you’ll quickly get accustomed to their slightly unusual structure. In fact, your feet probably only use half of your own traditional staircase as it is!
When you’re furnishing a small house it’s all about making the most of the limited space. If you don’t need something constantly to hand, store it away. The stairs are a handy but often overlooked storage area with cupboards or shelves easily installed – perfect for cleaning materials, toys, coats and wellies.
They’re great for display too, with lots of potential to show off your books, photos or collections of glass and pottery.
Actual in-stair drawers are a really ingenious way to store all manner of items depending on which rooms the stairs link – for example, folded clothes and shoes in the bedroom area… a superb use of otherwise dead space.
If your stairs are wide enough, get yourself one of those specially shaped baskets that are kept on the stairs. If you’re anything like us you’ll often have things sitting on the bottom stairs downstairs waiting for someone to take them to their rightful place somewhere upstairs. An on-stair basket is a much prettier and neater solution to random piles of ‘stuff’.
Get green fingered
Often, a small house means that there’s also a small garden on the outside. Expand your growing space by cultivating plants, flowers or even herbs and vegetables in the blank areas such as beside and under the stairs or along the handrail and on the newel post. Common sense dictates that safety be the foremost consideration; don’t put things in the way of getting up & down the stairs in one piece!
Gain an extra room
Fit a home office into the angled area under your stairs. There are no legal restrictions on the width of a stairway however, they’re usually between 600mm and 900mm wide – plenty deep enough to fit a desk with a chair that slides beneath.
If that awkward under-stair area is in your kitchen, how about you put up some shelves along 3 sides? Voilà… you have yourself a new larder area!
If you’re lucky enough to have a home with tall ceilings, install a staircase and create a mezzanine where you can fit a platform sleeping or lounge area. Getting a bed up off the ground frees up 6ft x 3ft of floor space (or even a 6ft x 6ft area if you have a king size bed).
Express your artistic side
Paint, stencil or wallpaper the stair risers. It’s a funky, unique option that doesn’t cost too much or take that much time to achieve. And you can probably use bits & bobs of leftover decorating materials that you already have to hand.
As you can see, the under-stairs space really is full of potential. We hope we’ve given you some practical ideas so that it will be a general dumping ground no more!
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