Over the Christmas holidays one of the things I was happy to tick off the list was painting our under stairs cupboard; a small task, but one we’d wanted to get done for ages and one that sets in motion everything else. Now it’s painted it means we can sort out the shelving and storage in that space, which then means we can clear those last remaining boxes that sit under our make-shift dining room table (Stu’s old desk). That, in turn, means we can then buy the dining room table we’ve got our eye on. So a lot of things ticked off the list!
Here’s a before and after that I shared on Instagram recently. We now lovingly refer to it as the custard box.
Our under stairs cupboard is a great space; I remember seeing it when we first viewed the house and thinking how much we could put in there. It’s quite a long and narrow space so, alongside the tumble dryer, we’re going to put in floor to ceiling shelving using IKEA’s IVAR modular system. While Stu maps out the shelving, I’m getting excited about making it all neat and tidy.
The space itself is going to be a kitchen over spill – for plates, glasses and other bits and pieces we don’t use often, a possible food pantry (should we need it), space for all our board games, a home for our hoover, ironing board etc. and all those other house bits and bobs you need from time to time.
Shelving and storage ideas for our under stairs cupboard
With that in mind I thought I’d share some of the images I’ve seen on Pinterest that have been inspiring this space for a while now, way before we even moved in. Stu even jokes at how excited I get whenever I see a wicker basket – something I know I’m not alone in being guilty of!
This first image comes from My Blessed Life and, while it’s more looking at bookshelves in a living/bedroom I 1) love the look of those baskets and how they’ve been labelled and 2) like how the books have been stacked – this could be applied to how we store all our board games.
While this is for a bedroom, how good do those baskets look together? The image is from Always Rooney and Courtney details on her blog how she’s made under her bed a useable space – very clever.
While the space above, from The Design Files, is intended for a living/dining room, we do need to think about how we’re going to store plates, glasses, vases etc. Having them all on display feels a little dangerous, but I’m not sure I want to box them up forever more.
If you fancy seeing more shelving and storage ideas, pop over to my Pinterest board. I’ll be using this board for organising our bathroom shelves too, once that arrives.
Are you working on any house projects at the moment?