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Tips for Creating Extra Storage Under a Curved Staircase

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Living in a small little home is not for sissies.  You learn really quickly that every single square inch is valuable real estate and finding enough storage space is always a challenge.  When we remodelled our round holiday home a few years ago we added a second story so we could double the size from 32m2 to 64m2. And “doubling up” meant building a curved staircase. Stairs can be pretty expensive and they take up a lot of space. Sadly, it didn’t take long before the void under the stairs became a dumping ground for all our stuff.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

It was driving me insane. We had to do something to hide all that crap stuff. Something that was pretty, practical, would last a long time and withstand whatever holiday makers could throw at it. And with a budget of only R1000, about $70, we had to get creative. Fortunately we’re do it yourself kinda people and managed to transform that space under our curved staircase from ugly and cluttered to this.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

So much better right? We managed to do it all within our budget and we still had a whole chunk of cash left over for the storage bits inside. Happy dance. Oh by the way, did you know that the triangular space underneath the stairs is called a “spandrel”. Me neither 😀 I’m so going to use it the next time I want to start a conversation………… Something along the lines of “Do you know what we did with with our spandrel” 😉

How To Enclose a Curved Staircase aka Spandrel

Because our holiday home has round walls we weren’t 100% sure that we’d be able to enclose the space under the curved stairs using drywall.  Drywalls aren’t really a thing here in South Africa and we have no experience whatsoever with putting them up. We do know how to lay bricks though and building a curved brick wall is pretty easy, as long as you follow the line and use a spirit level.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

Sorry I don’t have any photos of the building part except for this really bad one after it had been plastered. Since the wall in non load bearing we only used a single layer of bricks, which kept the costs down and gave us a few extra inches of space. A rustic wooden door made from reclaimed wood fits snuggly under the stairs. We used old gate hinges to hang the door and once it had been painted and distressed it matched our décor style perfectly.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

Well almost perfectly 😉 We just need to add some pretty hardware to complete the look.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

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Adding Storage Under the Curved Staircase

Okay so now that it’s looking pretty darn awesome under those curved stairs, we could finally start organising the inside and adding some much needed storage. The space is only 58cm wide (22”) and 1,5m long (59″) so we needed to find storage ideas that would make the most of the space.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

We debated building some storage crates but finally went for those plastic tubs or storage bins on wheels for the following reasons:

  • Convenient and easy to use – The wheels make it super easy to move the contents
  • FunctionalSince the tubs are plastic you know the contents will be protected and dust free
  • Practical – They’re easy to stack so you can use every inch of your storage space
  • Versatile – There are so many different sizes to choose from

So using our highly scientific method of organizing we drew up a plan of how to stack the tubs under the stairs ……….

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

………and went shopping. We tried real hard to find clear tubs, but had no luck and settled for these sturdy black ones instead. Since we won’t be able to see what’s inside we labelled each tub.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

I’ll be replacing those handwritten labels with these next time we go down. You can download them for free here if you want to use them too.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

We also stuck a “Find My Crap” Cheat Sheet on the wall to make it easier to figure out what’s in all of the tubs. You can download the cheat sheet here.

More Storage Ideas

Some things can’t be packed away neatly in a tub. Like our mops and brooms. To keep them neat and tidy the hubby drilled a few PVC pipes onto the one wall so we can just slot them inside.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

We also hung a sweet little jewellery organizer on the wall for those small things like spare keys, torches and what nots.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

And added a clear tub, the only one we could find, on a narrow metal shelf for those, not so pretty things that I use on a daily basis. Like my gardening stuff and mop shoes. Best invention ever. They’re like slippers that mop while you walk 😀

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

And finally we screwed a narrow spice rack onto the back of the door.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

Now there’s no more clutter under the stairs. It’s all neatly packed aways and organized.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

And when you shut the door all you see is a pretty gallery wall and a door with loads of character.

Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

We learnt a few things along the way and I wanted to share them with you in case you ever want to create extra storage under your curved stairs.

Tips for Creating Storage Under a Curved Staircase

  • Every square inch can be used to store something. The walls and door are good for hanging things while the floor is perfect for storing larger items. We even hung the fishing rods on the roof
  • Clear storage tubs are the best, since you can see what’s inside. If you can’t find any clear tubs, be sure to add labels and use a cheat sheet so you can find things quickly
  • Get the tubs with wheels. They may cost a little more but your back will thank you later
  • Plastic tubs or crates are good for stacking and since they come in so many different sizes you can layer them to fit your space
  • When trying to figure out what to pack where, separate everything into three piles:
    • Very important – things you use every week (large tubs in front)
    • Semi important – things you use maybe once a month (medium tubs in the middle)
    • Not so important – things you only use for special occasions, like Christmas decor (small tubs at the back)
  • Take each pile and separate them again into fragile and heavy. Put the heavy stuff at the bottom and the fragile stuff on top if you’re stacking your tubs
  • In tight spaces use thin narrow shelves to maximize storage space and still leave enough room to move around
  • Put some lights up so you can see where everything is. We just stuck battery operated lights along the wall

I’m so happy with how it turned out, and I hope you’ll agree that it’s so much better and much more practical than that clutter filled, gaping hole under our curved stairs.

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Tips and tricks to make the most of that wasted space under curved stairs and create extra storage that’s easy to organize and functional. Includes free labels and “find my crap cheat sheet. #UnderstairsIdeas #understairsstorage #DiyStairsStorage #BudgetStorage #SmallSpaceStorage #tinyhouse

Do you have any other storage ideas? I’m always looking for creative ways to use every inch of our small home. In fact I have a whole Pinterest Board with more than 1000 creative storage ideas and I would love to add more.

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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, love filled week.

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Comments

  • Posted: November 13, 2018 14:08

    Carolann

    Wow, I just love what you did with that space - or should I say "spandrel" lol. I loved learning about that! What a great idea for tiding up that area. It turned out great!
    • Posted: November 14, 2018 04:46

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Carolann, I'm real happy with how our spandrel turned out too 😊
  • Posted: November 12, 2018 09:14

    Julia @ Vintage with Laces

    You have done an amazing job, Michelle! That space looks just awesome and it's great that you were able to make this happen on a small budget. Mop shoes? Ha, that sounds like a genius invention.
    • Posted: November 12, 2018 09:57

      acraftymix

      😄 Those mop shoes are the best invention ever and they just looks so cool too. Like big floppy, fluffy slippers
  • Posted: November 11, 2018 12:37

    Carla

    It turned out really gr8. I really like that door. It has so much character. What paint did you use?
    • Posted: November 12, 2018 04:46

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Carla, glad you like the door 😊 The cupboard has been done with layers of white and grey chalk paint and a clear wax was applied on top to seal
      • Posted: November 12, 2018 07:46

        Carla

        Thank you ;-)
  • Posted: November 10, 2018 06:53

    Anonymous

    I need to get me some of those mop shoes 🤣 Love your new storage space and that door 😍😍😍
    • Posted: November 10, 2018 07:01

      acraftymix

      LOL< those are my favorite shoes 😄
  • Posted: November 10, 2018 05:58

    Kimberly

    I really like the way you've decorated that whole area. It's so unusual. It must quite different staying in a round home. I don't think I'd even know where to start 😊
    • Posted: November 10, 2018 06:01

      acraftymix

      😀 I must admit we were a little stumped in the beginning too, but in a way I think it might be easier once you get over the fact that most of the walls are curved and square things don't always fit the way you thought they would 😉
  • Posted: November 9, 2018 21:39

    Mia

    Thank you for the great tips, Michelle!!!!!!!!!!! Hugs, my dear friend.
    • Posted: November 10, 2018 04:16

      acraftymix

      💞 and right back at you Mia
  • Posted: November 8, 2018 05:55

    Leannie Nel

    Ons bly ook in 'n rondavel en dis verskriklik mooilik om idees en planne te kry vir ronde trappe. Weet jy dalk van ander plekke waar 'n mens so iets so kan kry? Ek hou baie van hoe julle julle trappe gedoen het en so graag iets similar wou doen in ons huis.
    • Posted: November 8, 2018 06:25

      acraftymix

      Hi daar Leannie, ek weet presies wat jy bedoel. Ons het ooral gesoek vir rondavel planne en idees en het 'n paar idees gekry op Private Property. As mense verkoop dan sal hulle baie keur fotos van die binne kant hul huisie daar plaas. Maar ja, dis moeilik.
  • Posted: November 7, 2018 18:25

    Holly Bird

    Great tips!! Thank you!
    • Posted: November 8, 2018 03:05

      acraftymix

      THanks so much Holly, I'm glad you found them useful
  • Posted: November 7, 2018 13:15

    Leanna

    Excellent storage solution. It's not only practical but adorable and fun. Clutter is so stressful, I bet your whole home feels different. Love it, Michelle.
    • Posted: November 7, 2018 14:53

      acraftymix

      Our house feels so much bigger now that we've enclose that area and I'm real happy we managed to fit so much inside. Those tubs on wheels make it so easy 😎
  • Posted: November 7, 2018 12:13

    Gail

    Great storage and de-clutter ideas that can work for any type of space, Michelle! I have space under my stairs (which is closed-in) for storage - I love what you did! I've tried hinting to hubby about opening the area but he either has closed his ears or is just ignoring me!
    • Posted: November 7, 2018 14:50

      acraftymix

      Awwww, we need to talk to that hubby of yours Gail. There's so much space under the stairs that can be used
  • Posted: November 5, 2018 20:55

    Katrin

    Oh that door!! Amazing how you could manage to get such a fantastic storage spot under the stairs, well done!! And even if one day it isn't always well organized inside, it sure is great just to be able to shut the door and not have to look at it ;)
    • Posted: November 6, 2018 05:21

      acraftymix

      That's the best thing about it. You can just shut the door and no-one will even know if you left a mess behind 😎
  • Posted: November 5, 2018 16:25

    Nolene

    Dang girl that's a lot of stuff you guys had going under your stairs 😂 but it looks so much better now.
    • Posted: November 5, 2018 16:27

      acraftymix

      🙊 OMW that stuff was embarrassing Nolene. I'm so glad we could find a better way to store it
  • Posted: November 5, 2018 13:16

    Mary

    Michelle it looks so great. I would not have believed that it was such a hot mess before. I love the pvc that you screwed on the wall for your mops and brooms. Mine are just thrown in the closet. Also you have lots of really great tips on how to keep it organized. I am always afraid to open my closet for fear something or everything will fall out.
    • Posted: November 5, 2018 13:24

      acraftymix

      LOL, I know that feeling Mary. We have one of those cupboards too. And yes those pvc pipe thingies are the best ever and they're super simple to do too. Psst don't tell anyone, but that cupboard that's ready to explode is my craft cupboard 🙄

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