Cupboard is always precious, especially if you have children’s toys and games to keep organized. As you know under the stairs is a space that you can maximize the function into many purposes. The best idea to keep everyday clutter out of the way, you can build a cupboard under the stairs. You’ll need a floor under your stairway, a good idea of where the load-bearing walls and suds are located–and a plan.
You don’t need to call a carpenter to build a cupboard under the stairs. It takes only a little time, patience and creativity, and you can get a wonderful storage space under the stairs. To complete the project, you should prepare all these following materials:
- Nails and screws
- Measuring tape
- Carpenter’s square
- Drawer runners, closet organizer inserts or hanging rods
- Paint, wallpaper, stain or varnish.
- Safety glasses
- Work gloves
If all the materials are ready, now you can start with the first step. Decide which direction to use for access. You also have to decide what kind of cupboard you will build. Locate load-bearing walls and studs. You can open the area under a staircase from the side to build shelves or drawers for a storage area that is handy for everyday use, or enter the area under a stairway from the rear to create a closet-like space.
A side-access storage area is handy in a basement or on main floors. Remove the wall, taking care to avoid studs. If you have to remove framing studs, be sure to add a reinforcing stud on either side of the opening as well as a header (one or two-by-four across the top of the new studs) to frame out your openings for shelves or drawers. Frame in supports for drawers or shelves using these frames, matching framing along the back wall of the staircase and supports between the two.
A stairway closet, with entrance from the rear, provides storage for tools and supplies in the basement. Mount supports for shelves on stringers and lay shelves in on top. Install peg board along the sides to hang tools and to hold supports for deeper shelves. A door at the back of the staircase can keep little folks out.
Build sliding drawers, shelves or pivot bins for your under-stair storage, depending on how your storage will be used. Many home improvement stores sell various types of storage for closets that can be used for this purpose. You could even put in a clothes rack to hang off-season sportswear and outerwear.
Unless you plan on open shelves, you’ll want to consider some cabinetry on the front of your storage space. A bin or drawer front is fine, but if you’re installing storage shelves, you might want some doors to cover them up. You can build these by yourself; find stock-sized doors at home centers or shop garage sales for old cabinet doors. Dress up plain fronts or finish edges with trim, found at any home center or hardware store. Finish your storage area with paint or paper or varnish.
Using the area under the stairs adds precious space to your home. The area often goes unused because of its odd shape and the difficulty of finding ready-made furniture that will work in it; you will have to customize pieces to fit. You can use the area for building a cupboard under the stairs.