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How to Turn Your Stairs Into Storage for Cheap

Our stairs didn’t have risers so we created drawers on our basement steps while adding in risers! Here’s how we did and how you can too. 

My husband and I work together because I look through Pinterest and find things we should do, and he brings them to life in our home! It is exactly how this past cold weekend in April, my husband said he was bored ( because he couldn’t work on the barn), and so I envisioned a new coffee bar and Barnwood bar in the kitchen. So he took down the drywall and removed a pantry for me.

You can see it all in our new vlog video below.

So this project was one we did in our very first house, the house I was free-ranging our chickens across the street from Walmart. Hence why we now live out in the country and starting our own backyard farm.

I enjoy seeing the design and having my husband execute it. So we may not be working together side by side on the projects, but they wouldn’t be complete if we weren’t both involved! We lived in a 1300 sq. foot house, and storage space were so limited. My husband refinished our basement at this time, and my husband needed more space for his tools. We had a tiny shed out back that was only big enough for the lawnmower and his four-wheeler.

You couldn’t really maneuver around those things to get to the shelves.

Eric came up with this idea was ALL HIS OWN! 

How to Turn Your Stairs Into Storage for Cheap

We turned our basement stairs into drawer space. We did this about 3 years ago and just this year finished our basement into living space!  We just painted them a few months ago.

He was actually featured in Wood magazine for this idea as well! Funny that same year, I had an article published in Diabetic living, and he was featured in Wood.

We used Behr Porch & Patio Floor Paint- Just a note that we used this on our stairs, and it’s been two years and not one chip, and we use those so much with 2 kids and pets! The color is a deep brown. 

Instead of spending money on costly drawer hardware, my husband ripped 2×4 stock into narrow strips and mounted them to the inside of the staircase as drawer supports.

How to Turn Your Stairs Into Storage for Cheap

I could have swept and mopped these beauties for ya, but don’t we see enough of that all over? I have a German Shepard Lab dog and a long-haired cat. I can sweep all day long, and it’s still everywhere-not to mention kids too.

So real-life photo for you! 

We have nails and the other drawers in one drawer, and I have my canning jars and supplies!

How do you use small spaces to make more storage?? 

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Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

Wow that’s a great idea!

Janelle JB

Tuesday 1st of May 2018

Wow! Love that idea!

Donna Paglia

Friday 27th of April 2018

How creative. Also thank you for recommending that paint


Monday 30th of April 2018

You're welcome Donna! Thanks for visiting me over here on this blog :)


Saturday 28th of April 2018

neat idea Eric

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