Today I’m sharing with you a some understairs storage we have had installed in eldest’s room.
You are probably thinking, is her bedroom on the ground floor?
Well it’s not. The under stairs bit comes from the fact that there was a staircase put in up to the loft, way before we moved in, and the attic was converted into a room. Here’s how it looked before (and tidy) note the pink tile on the floor, I’m planning on opening up that fireplace in the future. Pink fireplace tiles!!
So, eldest’s room isn’t the lovely, big square that it probably was when the house was built. But is in fact very long and slim, with space for a wardrobe in one alcove and her bed against the opposite wall. And not much space for anything else.
When we first moved in we made it into a reading nook with a bookcase, chair, some toys etc and it really worked. But it was a pain to clean, constantly banging heads underneath… And obviously kids do that thing where they grow bigger (who knew!) and she soon got too tall to be able to enjoy the space under there too.
I found a company called Smart Storage Solutions which were just beginning to branch out into the UK from Ireland. I bookmarked it for when we were able to afford it.
The process of purchasing the understairs storage was really simple;
- I emailed over a photograph of the space and the measurements.
- They recommended the same option as what I’d hoped would fit- great stuff.
- They then book you in with a small deposit payment and a date when the work will be done.
- The carpenter comes over and when you are happy with the job they take the rest of the payment.
We are incredibly happy with how this understairs storage has transformed the room. I’ve taken some “real life” shots here to show you… Its not tidy but it is a six year olds room!
Have you though about doing something like this in your home? Most people would have it done under the main set of stairs in the hallway. Perfect for storing coats and shoes. This cost us around £900 and for the high quality service and bespoke nature or the work AND the space its given us it is well worth the money.