There's something so cozy about the idea of having a nook under the stairs. It inspires the same kind of feelings as a treehouse, where you can tuck into a hidden corner and spend time reading, daydreaming, or napping. But as it turns out, there are more ways than one to use that dead space underneath your stairs. You can transform it into an extra storage space, change it into an open library, or even carve out a mini home office if you don't have the extra room in the house. Below are under-the-stair nooks you will want to copy ASAP—which would fit best in your own house?
Simple Reading Nook
Hollow out your stairs and create a minimalist but cozy reading nook you can curl up in with a good cup of coffee. Complete with a brass globe lamp, an avalanche of pillows, and a little tray to hold your mug and magazines, you will want to hang out here more often than on your living room couch. See more of this nook on Julie Blanner's site.
A Tucked Away Work Space
For stairs that float and have negative space underneath, make use of that emptiness by setting up shop with your work office. Wedge in a desk, hang up vintage lights, and plaster the wall with a few prints or pictures that give you inspiration.
For those who have lots of books, finding space for bookshelves is a must. So why not turn your staircase into a built-in shelf, which not only will give a home to your favorite novels but will add an interesting design element into the first floor space.
Make the nook under the stairs feel a little more airy by forgoing a desk with four legs and instead installing a floating one. Complete with adjustable shelves packed with chic and minimalist storage boxes and work binders, it will be a workstation that you wouldn't mind seeing first thing from the entryway.
This twinkle light-filled space from Noelle's Favorite Things looks like the perfect place to curl up in the cold weather, thanks to plush pillows and plenty of books.