If you have a wet bar, consider building wine storage into your staircase. It’s a beautiful project and frees up space in your bar – or, depending on the size of your collection, maybe even an entire room.
Start with the casework
Build this wine rack as you would a fixed shelving unit, using 2mm plywood for the casework and shelves. Assemble and install only the casework; it will be much lighter to handle. Trim to match your style and apply the finish.
Make the racks
It’s easiest to attach the dividers before installing the shelves. With a 63.5mm-wide piece of scrap wood to space the dividers evenly, use a brad nailer to attach them to the shelves. Install the shelves with pocket hole screws.
Trim it out
Trim the wine rack with a style that matches your space. Frame it with a wide base trim to create a bold look. For jobs such as this, I like to use chair rail for a unique look.
Home office space
With more people working from home, the need has increased for a space to serve as “the office.” Unfortunately, this is often the kitchen table, the couch, a spare bedroom or, worse yet, our actual bedrooms.
Let’s be done with that! Convert unused space under a staircase to a small but functional home office, complete with a work surface, filing cabinets, shelves and a task light.
Install a work surface
Design the space around an existing desk, or design a desk to fit the existing space. A work surface is easy to make with particleboard and plastic laminate. Anchor it to the studs so it will be strong enough to stand on!
Add cabinets and shelves
Add filing cabinets and shelves to outfit your new work-at-home digs. Store-bought filing cabinets with two drawers are typically 760mm tall. Make sure they will fit under your work surface.
Consider adding electrical
Computers, printers and task lights all need power. An extension cord will do the trick, but it can be unsightly. Consider adding electrical outlets along the inside wall. You might be able to draw from an existing receptacle in an adjoining room.
Day bed reading nook
This nook with a daybed is a perfect hideaway for alone time with a glass of wine and your favourite book. It can also double as a guest bed for kids’ sleepovers. It’s like adding an entirely new room without nearly as much work.
You know that teetering stack of books on your nightstand? You can move a few down here if you add shelves to the side wall. Build them into the stud wall and finish them with drywall for a clean look. A small nook on the back wall is perfect for a cup of coffee or tea.
Storage for more than books
Besides space for books along the front of the bed, the area underneath the mattress can also be used for blankets and pillows.