This home cleverly makes use of the awkward space under the stairs by turning it into a bar! Built in shelves of varying lengths neatly fill up the narrow top area; below them, a sink, cabinets, even a mini fridge are ready to get the next cocktail party started.
Sometimes necessity brings about the best and most creative ideas. A shortage of space is an inspiring dilemma with potentially great results. In order to make use of absolutely every available space in her apartment, online lifestyle editor Briana turned the open space under the stairs into a home office. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn.
Just because space is tight doesn’t mean you have to forgo the convenience of a bar area. This compact example, tucked into spare shelves beneath a staircase, is a perfect example. Says designer Leanne Ford: “You do not need to have an actual ‘bar’ in your place, just get creative with your space. Save a little bit of room on a bookshelf and let the bottles mix in with other treasures and books.”
Give new life to the space beneath your stairs with a custom wine cabinet. This example from Vino Cellars & Accessories matches the home's traditional decor. The major benefit of this space-saving storage solution? It's temperature controlled to keep wines at peak enjoyment.
A cute place to sit a wait, this sofa under the stairs is great way to dress up a dull space and add function at the same time. A neutral color ties in well with the room and is accented by oriental pillows.
Dark wood cabinets with wine racks transform the small space underneath the stairs into a full-fledged wine bar. The dining room is situated conveniently on the other side of the interior window, making dinner parties and gatherings a breeze. Stone floors and wrought ion railing add Mediterranean flair.
The clever location of this wet bar makes great use of an often-wasted space. The placement, in an entry foyer easily accessible from formal living areas, is perfect. And, says architect Alex Heyko-Porebski, “when not in use the bar can be closed off behind bi-folding joinery panels that match the staircase, so it can remain unnoticed.” Timber veneered cabinets and shelves and mirrored panels on the walls add glamour to the bar’s interior.
This kitchen from Meg's Great Room makes use of every nook and cranny. A small alcove under the staircase is used additional pantry storage to keep the space looking neat and tidy. A small peninsula offers a breakfast area while still allowing a view of the adjacent living room.