That awkward space under the stairs is often an area of neglect. It is used for abandoning school bags and muddy boots, which is the most familiar scene. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Restore order into your home by turning an unused space into a beautifully efficient room by turning it into the thing you have always wanted, but never had room for.

Wine room

Why not turn the empty space into the wine cellar you have always dreamed of? Whilst the ultimate purpose would be to store wine, this space would become a great part of entertaining your guests, a beautiful area to show off and a true feature.

A lot of businesses sell storage shelves which slot perfectly in an awkward alcove. It might be an idea to do some research on Pinterest for some inspiration.

Office space

If you are a bit of a workaholic, why not turn the space into a small office? In the majority of houses it won’t be big enough to be a fully functioning office, but it would be a good place to sit down and pay your bulls and catch up on emails. Just make sure everything fits wells and that the office chair rolls under the desk so it looks clean and un-cluttered.


If you like reading or just relaxing, adding a seating area and a few shelves can make it into a small snug. Fill the shelves with books and also add a comfy cushion where you can kick back, relax and get lost in your favourite book.

Storage solution

If you are looking for a low budget option, just fit some draws and storage units so you can store the vacuum cleaner, ironing board and your tool box. Just make sure you add a door to keep it out of sight, if not out of mind.

Play house

If you have young children you could create a great place for them to play. Use the awkward space to create a play house. It would be a great addition to your family home and a nice place for them to play. They would also be the envy of all their friends.

Pet house

If you have a dog you could turn it into a comfy kennel. It would be a great addition to your home and your pet would love it. You can make the exterior look like a dog house and even put their name above it. It would be a lot better than having a dog bed lying where it can get in the way.

These are just a few ideas of what you can do with that empty alcove. Our advice? Let your imagination run wild and make it personal to your taste and your own ideas.