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Hallways & Staircases – How to make the most of your space

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Is your home full-to-bursting? Here are a few ideas to find some much-needed extra storage space in the areas you usually walk through… 

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We can all use some extra storage space, right? I mean, unless you’ve just decided to live a minimalist lifestyle and have started the de-cluttering process already. In which case, good for you – keep up the good work! I like to think that I lean more towards the minimalist way of life, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t got countless things I need to store. In fact, it’s having that space for everything that keeps your home looking spacious and tidy.

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Throughout my own home renovation, I’ve spend hours considering how to find more storage space in the building. I’ve become a bit of a Pinterest expert on it, actually! Check out my Ultimate Storage board for a jaw-dropping array of shelving, wardrobe space, cupboards and libraries. I’m such a geek when it comes to neatness and organising. Anyway, it’s those spaces in the home that you don’t really spend any time in that really interest me when it comes to storage, such as staircases and hallways.

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So today, I’ve decided to share some of my favourite ideas for making the most of the space in your hallways and around your staircases. Some of these can be implemented straight away with the addition of a few shelves or hooks, and others are more of a building project but, either way, they are great solutions for scraping back an extra bit of storage space in your home.

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If you’re starting a hallway renovation from scratch, like I am, and are considering replacing the stairs, have a browse for staircases online uk to find one with an enclosed tread, providing you with much-needed under-stair storage. If you have that space under the stairs to play with, you can install all kinds of cupboard space or pull-out units. Just have a look at these ideas for under-stair storage inspiration:

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The photo above just proves that you don’t need to splash out for fitted cupboards or swish roll-out units to make the most of the space. If you already have a cupboard under the stairs, just make sure it’s fully equipped with shelving, baskets, hooks and boxes. Assign a space for everything you’re storing and make labels to keep it tidy.

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It’s actually possible to have drawers fitted into the riser of every step (above) – just imagine how much extra space you’ll free up if you tuck your necessary-but-rarely-needed items away in there? Shoe polishing kits could be hidden away, rolls of wrapping paper and tape could be stored in a drawer, and tins of pet food can be stored for later. And the bottom drawer is a great place to stash hats and gloves to grab on your way out of the house on chilly mornings. 

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If your staircase isn’t enclosed at the side, you could use the underside of the steps as open storage by adding these clever shelves to the underside. Even if you had a standard cupboard door blocking the staircase in, you could still add these extra shelves in the under-stairs cupboard to store the attachments to your vacuum. Of course, if you want to save even more space and you’re planning a home renovation, why not minimise the size of the staircase to create a more spacious hallway? You could use winder staircase kits like the one above to replace the traditional bulky staircase, doubling the available space in your hallway. Just imagine what you could do with the space; a home office area perhaps? Or a reading nook surrounded by your favourite books?

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Another space that’s easily over-looked is the walls at the sides of the staircase. We pass by them so quickly on our way up and down the stairs, but the walls could be a great place to store photos, a clock, books, framed artwork and so on. If you can hang it – and it doesn’t get in the way of you passing by – you can store it on those hallway walls.

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This photo I’ve seen countless times on Pinterest and I think it’s a great way to make use of the space above the staircase. My own staircase has a similar shelf around the edges at the top, so I think it would be easy to store a few items or books in this space. You could add shelves (just be careful when you put them – you don’t want to bang your head when you’re walking upstairs!) or use the taller space on the wall above the stair for hanging more art, or book shelves.

What do you think of these ideas? Do you already have a handy storage space under your stairs or on your hallway walls? Let me know your tips for making the most of these pass-through spaces by leaving me a comment below – I’d love to hear your ideas or storage solutions.

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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