Turn an Empty Stairwell Into a Storage Loft

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Intro: 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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    Thejesterqueen

    2 years ago

    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!!!

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    UdyRegan

    3 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    criggie

    8 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Wade Tarziazachninme

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    zachninmetrebuchet03

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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

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    Wade Tarzia

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Aphus

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I can just imagine a secret hang-out spot with a staircase that folds down to allow access in. However, when folded up, it would just look like an inclined ceiling. Now that would be cool!

    great idea but i would put like a sercret kinda door that doesnt look like a door and use it for a hiding spot when burgulars come in or when aliens attack

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    scotty3785hedgiehog

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Outside the Gym!!! You use climbing gear on rock faces not in gyms! You know like real rocks and stuff!

    you could actually put drywall up, mud, tape, sand and paint it so when people look up they think its your ceiling

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    zimpeto

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea. Think I'll use a scaffold instead of ropes. I agree, dump the slide show and use pics.

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    jessyratfink

    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is a really cool idea, but I'd suggest using curtains or something to hide the stuff you're storing. That way, you don't have to see it all the time! :)