Belinda Elwyn, January 25th , 2016.
Beneath the stairs is usually a great place to store wine as it is out of the way of direct sunlight. This wine storage display has an industrial edge to it, and the addition of back lighting makes it even more of a dazzling showcase than a mere storage area. The homeowner chose to use the space under the stairs differently, but no less cleverly. Instead of having each step pull out, they’ve created pull-out panels, which allow for the vertical storage of shoes and boots. Maximise unused spaces - Understairs areas are generally pressed into service as cloakrooms or storage. But transforming this redundant space into a well-equipped wine cellar is another, frankly more exciting, option to add to the list. Under-stair cavities are handy for creating storage. Filled with items like books and linen, they absorb some noise from the stairs. Another trick is to put a substantial cabinet or dresser against the cavity wall. If I had a collection of wine, there would be no stashing it in a cellar. I'd make use of the space under the stairs. Beauty, function and wine are three of my favorite things. An awkward, underutilized space beneath stairs can provide an extraordinary and convenient opportunity to build a stunning wine cellar. The nature of the beast allows you to place bottle storage in angular spaces, places where most household objects would never fit.
While we might dream of a spacious, built-in wine cellar stacked neatly with our best bottles of vino, for most of us this isn’t an option. As a creative DIY alternative, an open space under the stairs can be fitted out with wine crates stacked on their sides. For the wine enthusiast, finding storage space for bottles can be a challenge. Consider the space under the stairs as a prime location to add wine racks or even a walk-in wine cellar, as seen above. Balustrades Traditional stair designs usually have open balustrades that reveal the outside end of the stair treads. Open balustrades with curbs enclose the ends of the treads with the supporting wall or stair structure. Closed balustrades are designed where two walls line the edges of the staircase.
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