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February 24, 2016
These homes show that sometimes the best space-saving solutions can be found right under your nose—or feet.
Wooden staircase with kitchen shelves
A closer look at the shelving built into the staircase in the kitchen.
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Andrew Meredith 2007
Originally appeared in An Obsessed Designer Fills Her Home with Vintage Finds
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Modern Texan addition and renovation with office nook in stairwell and living room

Sam Shah and Anne Suttles asked architect Kevin Alter to renovate their 1920s bungalow in Austin, Texas, and add an addition, which contains a living area downstairs and an office upstairs. They tucked an office nook under the stairs; the Eames chair is a hand-me-down from Shah’s father.

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Originally appeared in 1920s Bungalow Plus Modern Addition Equals Perfect Austin Home
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wine storage underneath the staircase

The wall beneath the stairs in the Oak Pass House holds hidden storage, including an Enomatic wine dispenser and Sub-Zero refrigerated drawers.

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Originally appeared in Wouldn't You Like to Have Your Own Private Concerts at Home?
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Modern linden plywood and ash staircase cabinet

In traditional Japanese houses, clever carpenters often combined staircases with storage to maximize living space. This project in Fukushima Prefecture inspired Nihonmatsu-based architect Kotaro Anzai to borrow the approach and create a custom-built kaidan dansu, or staircase cabinet, to connect the living room to the second story of a 1,078-square-foot home.

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Originally appeared in Top Drawer
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Office area in vinegar hill apartment

In this Brooklyn apartment, architect Sarah Zames carved out a small custom office area under the stairs that lead up to the roof. 

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Originally appeared in Two Apartments Were Combined into This Inviting Brooklyn Home
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Stone house in Karst with bookshelf under the stairs

Given the spatial constraints of this Slovenian home, the staircase leading to the upstairs loft needed to be a short and steep. Since the residents wanted a workspace in the living area, the architects turned the underside of the stairs into a handy bookshelf.

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Janez Marolt
Originally appeared in Crazy Cool Loft Space Surrounded by Rope Walls
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Modern small space bedroom nook with stairs

Of the seven steps in Michael Pozner’s not-quite-500-square-foot aerie in Greenwich Village, five contain drawers for storing clothes.

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Originally appeared in The Manhattan Transformation
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Hidden storage stairwell with raw brass hardware

A couple devised a minimal solution for stashing kitchen ephemera under the main stairwell of their Brooklyn apartment.

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matthew williams
Originally appeared in A Minimal Yet Mighty Brooklyn Apartment
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Wooden staircase with kitchen shelves
A closer look at the shelving built into the staircase in the kitchen. Photo by Andrew Meredith. Image courtesy of Andrew Meredith 2007.

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