Love sharing home decor and architecture ideas. Lover of the traditional and classics.Hope you enjoy your journey with me.
For most of my life, my homes were larger than I could ever imagine. A full basement, a two car garage and space was not a concern. Then I met the man of my dreams who loves vintage and as a compromise we moved into a 1929 stone cape cod. I love my "new" vintage home but the storage is problematic. A partial basement, a garage with no attic storage combined with a roof line that offers nominal attic storage and we have a daily cry for space. So to this end, I started researching storage. Specifically what can I do with peg boards - in a creative and useful fashion. What can we do with that valuable space under the stairs. These two items are critical when you have a home that was not built for storage and space.
After researching the many options, I am no longer dismayed, I am energized. The options go on and on - as you will see. I especially like the offices that are customized under the stairs. They look like they work exceptionally well with a myriad of cubby holes to house the never ending paperwork of daily life.
If storage issues are your delimna in your household you have come to the right idea center.
Bed Under the Stairs
Home Office Under the Stairs
Storage Underneath the Stairs - Ideas for Home Improvement
Beautiful WoodenStairway with Furniture Quality Drawers
Stairway Storage Ideas
Peg Board Storage Ideas
Peg Board Super Storage Center
Slate Board Storage Options - An Updated Version of the Classic Peg Baord
Work Room Tool Organization and Creative Ideas
I was taught by my Grandmother - Goldie - that the basement should be neat and tidy. To this end, her basement floor was painted and sealed in grass green and the walls light yellow. So too, my basement is sealed albeit not in grass green, we choose a neutral. The walls are not as cheery as my Grandmothers, but they are an almond with a hint of Grandmother's yellow basement walls. Yet with all these colors, the key to the basement remains the organization. Having a place for everything and returning everything to its place is critical. To help us with this, check out these many inventive ideas.
Don't limit yourself just to the classic peg board. Take it to a new level and invest in a metal peg board or a the sleek and modern slate board.
Have time and carpenter's skill, check out the many options for organizing your many tools.
Workshop Organization - Creative Ideas
Our Vintage Home Has a Work Room Closet
Our vintage home has not a pantry but a work room closet. Yes, you heard me correctly. The closet is cloaked in peg board from top to bottom. I will have to take a photo for this hub.
And then instead of under the stairs, the former owners had built in storage above the stairs so we have little cabinets all the way down the stairway. It rather reminds me of a boat with all the tiny cubicles for storage.
Dream Work Rooms - Organized
These work rooms are what dreams are made of - check out the craftsmanship of the folding storage with a convenient place for everything - right in sight and easily accessible.
Helpful Hints and Other Storage Ideas
What have we missed in these many ideas? Do you have something that works particularly well for you and your family? Please share your creative juices and storage preferences below.
Ken Kline (author) from Chicago, Illinois on April 21, 2015:
I completely agree.
I don't know what happened at our house, somehow our brooms grew like rabbits - I had seven! And no storage.
The storage peg boards are a big help.
Every little bit helps when organizing a home. It is amazing how the time spent getting it organized helps down the road when searching for something.
MopHolder on April 15, 2015:
Home organization in the pantry can make your life easier.
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on December 10, 2012:
For grandchildren visiting the bed under the stairs I think is a great idea - other than that practical use I have to agree.
I want the piece of art - you are correct!
Thank you for stopping by.
Pavlo Badovskyi from Kyiv, Ukraine on December 02, 2012:
Great stuff. I definitely liked the wooden stairs with numerous drawers! It is a piece of art! I doubt if I ever place a bed under the stairs..... too much extreme I think :) Shared
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on July 20, 2012:
The funny thing about the under the stairway is I hate my vintage stairway. As a personal trainer I know why - my knee falls over my toe and engages my knee joint not my muscles.
So the stairway will have to be modified - high on my priority list. My husband's partner suggested an elevator - that is extreme! I will aim for a new stairway and something under it that is efficient and hopefully easy on the eyes like what we have here.
I do prefer the white cabinetry and that is probably one reason why I love our vintage home - it has white cabinetry that is always classic and always cheerful. Somehow white stands the test of time. I couldn't agree more.
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on July 20, 2012:
H P Roychoudhury,
You always bring a very valued insight my friend. The cultural differences and demands are fascinating and as Americans we often forget about the lands beyond the US. I have always been fascinated with the cultures beyond our space because it widens our perspective and reminds us how different we are and yet how very similar we are. Population control is an issue.
What is interesting here in the United States we are tearing down homes rather than salvaging them and I find that very sad. New is always better here but this does not take into account that the land must be maintained for the urban area. More lawn is not what people need - we need to take care of what we have.
I have always admired the Germans, they build houses for generations. I like that idea and hope someday that value takes hold here in the United States.
Thank you so much for stopping by - I am honored to have you as a reader and as a friend.
H P Roychoudhury from Guwahati, India on July 19, 2012:
What my Dear, dearest friend GmaGoldie had described here is one of the best designed I have ever seen or I could imagine. But it is good for a country like USA or country where there exists plenty of Land and less population. But for country like India where Land is less but population is more, it is not workable. People have to think for comfort living in a smaller space. No doubt it is a Global problem to control population. Increase of population is not only destroying the country’s economy, decency, and what not, but also confronted a threat for Global fairness & and decency, above all Global stability. However, this is a different issue and not to be high lighted here.
Kristin Trapp from Illinois on July 18, 2012:
I love the home office ideas under the stairs, especially the one with the white cabinetry. I hope you are able to implement some of these ideas to squeeze as much storage as you can out of your little "vintage" home.