Under-stair built-in

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Project by Woodcanuck posted 08-16-2010 12:54 AM 2956 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Years ago we renovated our basement and I was perpetually stuck on what to do under the stairs. Previously it had just been a ‘room’ that was totally unusable for storage because you could only go in the door, but not get to the areas near the bottom of the stairs.

I ended up designing this built-in.

There are two big deep beefy drawers on the bottom, each about 20” wide and 14” high and almost 30” deep.
Because the drawers are so big and heavy, I’ve got rollers under the fronts as well as big heavy duty glides.
Above the drawers are two cubby holes with doors. The triangular one is admittedly rather odd and not the most functional, but it still gets used. The other rectangular one is about the same size as the drawers.
Where the original door was, I extended the raised parquet floor into the space, added a light and switch and built up a pegboard wall and shelf that encompass the drawers and cubby holes.

As you can see, my crafty wife has taken over most of the space with sewing and knitting gear. Yes, the big tubs are full of wool….the crafty wife’s answer to tools and lumber. I have, sadly, spent many an hour in wool shops and mills learning the finer details of wool selection, despite actually being allergic to wool. :-)

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 12:55 AM

BTW…forgot to mention, the facing panel, doors and drawer fronts are all oak plywood with solid oak trim.

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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#2 posted 08-16-2010 02:25 AM

Quite attractive storage space, Woodcanuck. Looks like you did a great job!


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#3 posted 08-16-2010 03:19 AM

Wasted space, I think not! lol great job.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#4 posted 08-16-2010 07:52 AM

That looks really good, it must have been a challenge mounting that.

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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#5 posted 08-17-2010 06:26 AM

Wonderful idea for the space. I have a similar stair case.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 11-07-2010 10:40 PM

Great use of space, looks like an original detail the house already had.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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