12 ideas for an under stairs makeover

In the newest part of The Barn there is a staircase leading up to the childrens’ rooms. It’s perfectly and completely white and has a lovely airy feel but I’d like to get more out it. From adding storage to creating a secret play den there’s so many options for making the most of the space. Here’s some ideas I’ve been using for inspiration while I daydream about my plans for this part of the house…

Storage space

In my opinion you can never have too much storage space and using ‘dead’ space for clearing clutter is a win win. I love the classic simplicity of the drawers in the first image below which would be perfect for bed linens and towels.

Understairs storage ideas

Sources: #1 Hometalk #2Buzzfeed #3 Indulgy#4 Hometalk

Home office/reading nook

When our Little Man came along my home office became his nursery and while working in the kitchen meant I was closer to the coffee pot (!) I craved my own work space. Using the space under the stairs as a home office would have been the perfect solution. Now that I have my own little room to work in at The Barn (although it’s desperately in need of a makeover) I like the idea of a reading nook to hide away in with a good book!

Under stairs home office or reading nook

Sources: #1 Homedit #2 Austin Architect #3 Houzz #4 Float Project

Children’s secret den

Although we have a large playroom at the Barn I know the kids would be so excited about a secret hideaway that’s just their size – these four are full of fun and imagination.

Understairs playroom ideas

Sources: #1 Houzz #2 fecni.blog.hu #3 Designed to the nines #4 <3 Dolls Houses on Pinterest

What would you love to do with your spare understairs space? If this has whet your appetite for an under stairs makeover take a look at my pinterest board for more ideas. Or why not pin this post to save it for later? Here’s a pinnable image just for you…

12 ideas for an under stairs makeover from TheEssexBarn.com

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  1. Irene Mitchell June 14, 2022 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Wow! Great idea for working space. It is really comfortable. Also, you can hide here 🙂

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  7. mummyofboygirltwins August 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm Reply

    LOVE that sofa and books idea! Looks stunning and so cosy 🙂 I am never a fan of sitting under the stairs to work but if you’re short on space then it is a great idea. Thanks for linking up – much appreciated. Jess x


    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) August 14, 2015 at 6:59 am Reply

      It’s fab isn’t it? I love it to and it’s definitely a toss-up between that and the extra storage… *wonders* x

  8. zoe dunn August 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm Reply

    love these ideas. they’re all on my pinterest decor board now. Totally fab! #brilliantblogposts

  9. stacey August 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm Reply

    Love this post, I would love to do something with mine. #TheList

  10. chickenruby August 1, 2015 at 6:51 am Reply

    I’d go with the sofa under the stairs but I’d probably build it for the dog 🙂

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