under stair storage

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Project by GenerationWW posted 04-22-2012 11:03 PM 12317 views 24 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mother-in-law saw something similar on a website and asked if i could build one for her. The cabinets are made from oak plywood, and the panels are a mix of MDF ( the raised panel) and the stiles, which are made from pine. I covered the end grain by making my own vener with the left over plywood. They sit on casters to allow to be pulled out and pushed back in. I finished with tung oil.It was a fun project to do!

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 11:30 PM

Nice clean work, well done

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 11:43 PM

Very nice, and a great idea

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 11:49 PM

Sweet idea! nicely done. you always need more storage for sure!

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 12:41 AM

Wow thats a great use of space.

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#5 posted 04-23-2012 12:46 AM

That is SO COOL! What a great way to use the space. Very cool!

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#6 posted 04-23-2012 01:35 AM


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#7 posted 04-23-2012 01:40 AM

Great idea to make good use of the space under the stairs and well executed construction of these storage units.

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#8 posted 04-23-2012 04:46 AM

Really nice. I remember my Father many years ago built a closet and drawers under their stairs to the basement. He had turned the basement into a rental unit and was trying to find room for everything…worked great.

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#9 posted 04-23-2012 05:27 AM

Looks good both open and closed. Since they close up flush, do you reach under the bottom to pull them out or is there a hidden pull somewhere?

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#10 posted 04-23-2012 07:35 AM

This is a great design. My wife already has this on my to-do list!
Thanks for posting,

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#11 posted 04-23-2012 12:22 PM

I see it’s a tile floor which isn’t always perfectly flat. If I tried this with casters the tops and the joints would never line up perfectly. Did you run into this problem at all? If so, how did you remedy it?

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#12 posted 04-23-2012 12:49 PM

great idea! super convenient!

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#13 posted 04-23-2012 01:26 PM

Thanks everyone!

NoSlivers, My oringinal intent was to put handles on them. There was going to be one on the little one, two on the middle, and three on the highest. When my Mother-in-Law saw them he way you see them, she liked it and made me stop. She claims she wouldn’t have to go in there much so she could live with just pulling them from the bottom. I still think metal handles would be the way to go.

Sailor, I had to adjust the panels a little bit but I got lucky, the floor was just about perfectly level. I used 2” non- scuffing casters so they would roll over the tiled floor easily and not mark it up.

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#14 posted 04-23-2012 02:49 PM

This is a great project to utilize the wasted space. I like that you made them so nice looking so they would not look out of place too.

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#15 posted 04-23-2012 02:57 PM

Great idea!

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