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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!

This past cold weekend in April, is precisely how my husband said he was bored ( because he couldn’t work on the barn), 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.

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

I enjoy seeing the design and having my husband execute it. So we may not be working together on the projects, but they wouldn’t be complete if we weren’t involved! We lived in a 1300 sq. foot house, and storage space was limited.

My husband refinished our basement at this time and 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 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 three years ago and finished our basement as a living space this year! We just painted them a few months ago.

He was featured in Wood magazine for this idea as well! Funny, that same year, I published an article 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 two 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 inside the staircase as drawer supports.

How to Turn Your Stairs Into Storage for Cheap

I could have swept and mopped these beauties for you, 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!

Many of us have that one space in our home we don’t know what to do with. If you have a staircase, why not put it to good use and turn it into storage? It’s a great way to use an often-overlooked area in your home.

You can follow these simple steps to create your stairway storage solution that is both practical and stylish. So next time you look for a creative place to store things, don’t forget about your stairs!

Check out more DIY projects that won’t cost a fortune below!

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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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