Turn an Empty Stairwell Into a Storage Loft





Introduction: Turn an Empty Stairwell Into a Storage Loft

If you are in need of some more storage space and you've got an empty stairwell you can build yourself a loft and store all of your junk up there.

My apartment is big - it's one of those live/work johnnys that is just a big empty space. The down side is that we have very few closets, and as such, no real place to store things that we want to keep out of the way.

I kept looking at the space above our staircase that goes down to the front door and thinking "just look at all that wasted space!" One day we decided to make use of it and build a loft.



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    I have a stairwell like that going into my basement!! You just gave me an answer to my least favorite. Question. Where to put stuff?. Thank you!!!

    I'd have to agree that it looks quite dangerous for you fellas to be climbing around to build the storage area, but it is a very good idea. I'd also suggest a way to seal up the front opening because if you've got people ocming over, you're going to want your storage rooms to be closed off to prying eyes. Random stuff strewn about can be rather unsightly.

    Whats with all the climbing stuff?  I'd trust a ladder more for the work - or even a scaffold plank

    Whats up with instructables and stairs? I say its a consipiracy!

    Stairs are the coolest things, really. They are under-valued for their furnture qualities. Everything ought to have at least three functions in the crowded nowadays. In my college apartment (blessed Pufton Village of the Golden Age of graduate school, in Amherst, MA), we had open stairs leading up to the second floor -- in other words, you could sit on them and look through and have conversations with people in the living the room (the stairs slanted down into the kitcen area). They also were a gentle divider between living room and kitchen area, and we had a rocking chair under then on the living room side -- a Swiss Army Knife of stairs! They also became a central part of our furniture. No matter your height, you could find a set of steps to spread out on comfortably, and of course a 'table' at your elbow for your coffee or beer. Many hours I sat there, talking, playing D&D;, thinking. I sometimes think I ought to design a set of stairs for my living room, modified to be furniture and storage (put draws on their sides, or at least a bookcase or cupboard). In fact, is there not some Asian furniture style that resembles stairs or were used as stairs? Where did I see them them? Peabody Museum in Salem, MA? Any way, stairs, wes thu hal!

    When you live in a city - there's no room for one story "burb ranches" :p

    I live in the 'burbs and there's barely any ranches... a few split-levels, but very very few ranches... Thus, it IS a conspiracy!

    That's it! That must be the formula! In order to get a job, you have to make something over stairs!

    Thats harder to do than the illuminiti dice consipiracy of '07! Oh well, I'm off to go do something stairly!

    Good idea! I did the same thing in the stairwell that leads to my basement. My two-bedroom house is only 640 square feet, and I ran out of room quickly as I kept buying books and bookcases to put them in. I can store a guest-bed frame and twin mattress in my niche, among other things like old CRTs I don't know where to recycle yet.