If you own a two-story home, you may have an empty area under the stairs. While some multi-story homes featured a closed-off space under the stairs, others have an open area. Of course, this presents challenges regarding the home's decor. With an empty space, you must fill it with the appropriate furnishings or accessories; otherwise, it will bring down your home's decor. So, what's the best way to decorate the space under your stairs?
Vintage Rocking Chair
Assuming the space is small, you can decorate it with a vintage rocking chair and similar antique furnishings. Older furnishings offer a unique, one-of-a-kind appearance that's not found in modern furnishings. Furthermore, you can buy vintage chairs and furnishings at thrift stores for a fraction the cost of new furnishings. Just remember to choose a style that flows cohesively with the surrounding decor. If the stairs are located next to your living room, for instance, you should decorate the space with furnishings in a similar style as your living room.
Another idea is to decorate the space with a bookcase. First, measure the height and width of the space under your stairs, after which you can choose a bookcase in an appropriate height. Ideally, the bookcase should fit snugly in the space to create a more complete appearance. If the bookcase is small and the space is large, it will look awkward and unattractive.
Once you've placed the bookcase in the space under your stairs, you should fill it with books. After all, a bookcase will only benefit your home's decor if it's full. In addition to books, however, you can also fill it with bookends and other decorative accessories.
Of course, you can also use the space under your stairs as a lounging area. A simple solution for creating a lounging area is to decorate it with a daybed. Typically featuring a twin-size mattress, daybeds are designed specifically for day-time lounging. They are often made of wood, metal or a combination of materials.
Depending on the size of this area, you may want to include other lounging furnishings or accessories, including throw pillows, a rug and a recliner.
Another idea is to use the space under your stairs as storage. You can decorate it with an ottoman or storage bin, for instance, instead of leaving these items in your living room. The space under stairs is the perfect place for storage solutions such as these.