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10-09-2016 01:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shop storage ideas shelving stairs lumber storage organization question tip trick resource help

My shop is located in the basement of my house. Unfortunately I have the stairwell in the middle of the shop with stud support walls on each side. I am looking for suggestions of different ways to use the space? Ideas and pictures are welcome!!

-- Matt R

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#1 posted 10-09-2016 01:32 AM

-- Matt R

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#2 posted 10-09-2016 01:45 AM

I have my jet dust collector and fein vac under my stairwell. drywalled off and door closed for a bit of noise reduction. Also in the far back open area are all my cordless tool boxes that i dont use. wish i had pics of the drywall but i pulled it off as i am moving my shop so its all open now. I used blast gates for wall penetrations and it really worked out well.

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#3 posted 10-09-2016 01:51 AM

That was the original plan but with the low ceiling my dust collector won’t fit

-- Matt R

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#4 posted 10-09-2016 02:29 AM

Use it for wood storage. Make some shelves for longer pieces close to the bottom and shorter pieces close to the top

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#5 posted 10-09-2016 02:44 AM

I agree with Jonmakesthings. That is the perfect place for storing various lengths of wood and sheet stock cutoffs.

Also, think about bar clamp storage. Either horizontally by installing plastic pipes on the under side of the appropriate length shelf/shelves into which you slide the clamps or you can hang them vertically on the inside of the door to the space.


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#6 posted 10-09-2016 02:47 AM

You’ve dry-walled in the stairs which is a shame. I’ve seen people attach shelves to the underside of the treads to make a wine rack.

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#7 posted 10-09-2016 01:28 PM

The basement steps in my circa 1950 house is basic 2×10 ,closed stringer with treads nailed in. No risers. Before moving heavy machinery down there I reinforced it with a 2×4 framework. Also I added in big wood screws securing the steps to the stringers. I didn’t want to be halfway down with a lathe and have the steps break.

It really isn’t much good for shop storage. But it did allow me to store things I seldom use but can’t part with. In boxes with the contents written on the box, I can see and access it easily. I cleared up a lot of space that is usable shop space.

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#8 posted 10-09-2016 01:30 PM


Whatever you elect to store under the stairs, accessing items in the back could be difficult. A plywood platform on heavy duty castors would allow stored contents to roll out making all items easily accessed. The platform could be used as a base on which some shelves or whatever can be built and thus bring some organization to the space.

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