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The space under your staircase and within your hallway should be viewed as an opportunity to create something unique, rather than awkward space that cannot be used. Creative under stairs storage can solve all manner of problems; from somewhere to keep your outdoor clothes, coats and boots to a small workstation where you can focus on your professional life away from distractions elsewhere in the home. It could even be an imaginative under stairs play area for the kids, freeing up their bedrooms for rest and relaxation. We explore some of our favourite innovative solutions and creative ways you can use this often-overlooked space in your home.
Many homes have storage areas in the hallway that aren’t used to their full potential or empty alcoves that are passed daily as they’re deemed too tricky to fill or lack style. When tackling this awkward area, you need to visualise how you want it to function and identify the problem areas. Ask yourself if you need valuable storage space to hide away clutter that’s always near your doorway? Or do you need to integrate a space that may be lacking elsewhere in the home such as a home office or reading nook? Smart planning can make the most of the tightest corners and can even add value to your home in the long run.
We often need a gentle reminder to slow down and take some ‘me time’. If you want somewhere to unwind but haven’t got a spare room, you could create a cosy space with bespoke under stairs storage and built-in seating. Using a dash of creativity, this space can serve as a place of rest, somewhere to read your favourite book, journal or spend time cultivating a positive mindset. Make it personal with a soothing colour palette and add character with comfy textiles, ambient lighting and meaningful artwork.
No room for a home office? Why not turn the unused space under your stairs into a cosy workspace. This intelligent design features millimetre perfect shelving, beautiful bespoke cabinetry and an elegant curved desk, positioned to give easy access. Contemporary display centres add to its sophisticated design and create a real talking point. This home study solution also enhances the room’s existing décor and glass staircase design using light wood and painted finishes, making practical use of a previously neglected area.
Say ‘Yes’ to embracing your space. The best place to hang coats, store outdoor shoes and unsightly cleaning equipment is in the hallway, but if your space is limited don’t make it smaller by filling it with standalone storage. If you think those awkward under stairs alcoves are dead spaces, think again. No matter how small or large the space, they could be the perfect opportunity to fit bespoke furniture, helping you close the door behind everyday items that often pile up in your hallway.
A mix of closed storage with bespoke inserts can be your saviour in creating a minimal organised hallway for the whole family. If you want to open up and enhance your space further, consider a glass staircase design. It’s an attractive choice for both vast and compact hallways as it allows the light to flow. Choose from cut-string glass that effortlessly graces any space to stunning glass spindles for a stylish contemporary look.
Reinvent the space under your stairs into a fun family nook. With an intelligent mix of open and closed under stairs storage, you can combat the clutter that often comes with playrooms and kids corners. Plan solutions for shoes, school bags and coats. For toys and craft supplies, design drawers with integrated organisers or baskets. We love incorporating open storage in family nooks to display beautiful books, cherished toys and fun artwork, adding character and interest to the hallway.
Even kids need time away from homework, TV and the hustle and bustle of the home. Create a cosy spot with cushions and throws to snuggle up in and add fairy lights for a magical look.
At Neville Johnson, we are experts at transforming ‘dead spaces’ into functional, dynamic areas where you can sit, read, work or relax. As well as being functional areas of the home, often with the most footfall, hallways and under stairs spaces can also be places of inspiration and beauty. Along with a beautifully unique staircase design, incorporate bespoke open shelving to display your favourite pieces of art or prized possessions. Look at what mood you want to evoke and whether it fits your home’s existing interior style. Experiment with bold colours and patterns for an extra wow factor, or keep it minimal with calm tonal hues or monochrome prints.
When planning a smart storage solution, our designers can visit you at your home and discuss your ideas with you. They’ll bring with them a wealth of knowledge and creativity that will inspire your imagination and will instinctively be able to create solutions that will turn unused spaces into much-used places.
Feeling inspired? If you’re considering a practical under stairs storage solution for your hallway, then speak to one of our experts in one of our free no obligation design visits.
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I cannot recommend this company enough. From first contact we received very high quality service. We were informed as to everything that was going on, which was backed up by the necessary paperwork, plans and phone calls. The fitter was competent and the work he did we can’t fault.
Mrs K Holroyd, Wrexham
From the initial contact with the company to the completion and installation everything was utterly professional; we have no hesitation in recommending the company to anybody. We are so pleased, that Neville Johnson is returning to install a new staircase!
Mr and Mrs Thorpe, Radcliffe
From the moment the brochure was delivered, I was optimistic that we were buying quality. I wasn’t disappointed. All contact made was courteous, polite and clear, with phone calls confirmed by email. In short, we’re really thrilled with our library and it was effortless from start to finish.
Alison Cole, Swinton
Our new staircase looks fantastic. We’ve had lots of compliments and it has transformed our hallway. The whole experience was great from beginning to end, from discussing our requirements to the finished article.
Mr & Mrs Begbie, Hampshire
The room is transformed and has been hugely admired by family and friends. I was pleasantly surprised by the attentive and courteous client care – everything went according to plan and nothing seemed too much trouble. They were in regular contact before and after the installation. I would highly recommend Neville Johnson to anyone wanting to transform a room.
Cherry Murdoch, London
From the outset of our contract with Neville Johnson, we were supported with design choices, given expert advice and all deadlines were met. Everyone was courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. The craftsmanship is superb; our staircase is now an outstanding feature of our open plan lounge.
Judith Scorer, Stockport
From our initial enquiry to the completion of our staircase, we have found all the members of the team at Neville Johnson to be very helpful, courteous and professional in all our dealings. The staircase has transformed our living space. We have been very impressed with this company from start to finish and would not hesitate to recommend them.
Pauline Treston, Northumberland
A real easy process, I would really recommend Neville Johnson to anyone. From the first phone call through to a very skilled fitter (who had to go above and beyond with our old house not having one straight line in it) it was all so easy. We couldn’t be happier that we chose to use Neville Johnson.
Richard Smith, Surrey
From contacting the company to the point where the cupboards were fitted I was impressed by the whole process. The initial salesperson that visited was knowledgeable and helpful. I would certainly use Neville Johnson again and highly recommend this company.
Mrs S. D, Lincolnshire
From the initial meeting with the senior designer to discuss our needs, to the surveyor and then the installer, we were extremely delighted with the end result. The installation process went without any problems. All the staff were very professional and we would recommend Neville Johnson without hesitation.
Rosalind Tunnicliffe, Solihull