Harlow Cruz Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-12 05:33:56. Play den. How often have your kids complained that they have nowhere to play? Children love hidden nooks and crannies, so converting the cupboard under the stairs can be a great alternative to an outdoor play house - especially in winter. If possible, cut windows and a doorway into the side panels of the staircase. This will allow light in and stop the den feeling claustrophobic. Strips of leftover curtain material stapled to the windows make a nice homely touch. Use a beanbag or some large cushions to create a comfy seating area. Finally, encourage your little ones to personalise their new hideaway with some books, toys and, if there is room, a small desk for drawing or writing.
Rosalie Hobbs Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-05 03:52:27. 'Start by thinking about the house as a whole and assess the areas where things are tight,' suggests architect Mark Dyson. 'Think about your priorities and how you need to use the space, then you can plan multifunctional zones.' Living in a restricted space means your home has to work much harder, but clever design, careful planning and a considered approach will allow it to run smoothly without compromising an inch of your own personal style.
Kallie Meadows Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-08 06:41:18. Single open-under stairs are similar to freestanding stairs, but they are attached to one wall. This means they only have one side that looks 'open' and many people prefer this style. Not only do these types of stairs look good they also create the impression of more space, so they can work well in small houses.
Harlow Cruz Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-12 05:33:56. Cloakroom. If you're tired of having to pick your way over discarded bags and coats in the hallway when you get home, think about converting the area under your staircase into a cloakroom. Even if there's only a shallow nook, it's usually sufficient for a few cubby holes with hooks for hats, umbrellas and coats. Try adding some wicker baskets underneath for small items such as scarves, gloves and key rings - you'll find it so much easier to keep everything tidy. If the whole area under the stairs is accessible, consider turning it into a clothes cupboard. Just fit some shelves and hanging rails round the edge to provide useful storage for seasonal clothing, and free up space in your bedroom wardrobe at the same time. This is also a great place to store boots, trainers, gym kits, golf clubs, tennis racquets and ski equipment.
Melody Wooten Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-14 01:05:11. European Oak is more rustic-looking than many other timbers that are commonly used to make staircases. It has larger knots than those found in American White, which gives it a unique character, and its straight dense grain is typically a darker colour for a striking appearance and distinctive charm. American White Oak is a strong and heavy hardwood that is grown in the eastern states of the USA. It has a clean and, some would argue, more modern look to it than European. This is one of the main reasons why it is the most popular choice staircases in new properties and modernising renovation projects, where combining contemporary style with traditional elegance is often ideal. American White tends to vary in colour from a pale tan shade to a rich brown. Oak generally is an interesting and versatile material for many structural elements.
Mariyah Cobb Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-13 22:03:44. If you prefer carpet to bare wood or glass, make sure you buy one that's suitable for stairs. 'It's imperative you choose a quality, hard-wearing carpet - 80 per cent wool to 20 per cent nylon,' says Rupert Anton, marketing director of The Carpet Foundation. 'Avoid loop-pile carpets as they "grin" (open up when bent) and are more slippery.' Use a good underlay over both tread and riser and fit the carpet so the pile runs down the stairs. It's also possible to use a strip of carpet as a runner. Look at Ryalux, which does carpet to your width. For runners, see Roger Oates or The Carpet Library's Hartley runners, which are reversible so last twice as long.
Gabriella Cabrera Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-11 18:33:09. Freestanding stairs will not be attached to a wall and will tend to run through the middle of a room. Most often the actual stairs will look as though they are almost floating and create a really unique look. Whilst these stairs look great they are not very practical for a person with young children as they can be dangerous.
Mariyah Cobb Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-12 15:34:16. With so much emphasis these days on huge kitchenliving areas, it's easy to feel hard done by if your home is small. But, as Elizabeth Wilhide, author of Small Spaces, points out, 'Professional cooks prefer a more compact kitchen as they are easier to work in.' If in doubt, get some professional design input and keep things streamlined; a smaller space will benefit from being as fuss-free as possible. Choose fitted units, which are the best option for making a small space work efficiently.
Valerie Bullock Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-12 01:23:33. Flights should have a handrail on at least one side if they are less than 1m wide, and on both sides if they are wider. The minimum height for a rail is 90cm, and there is no need for one beside the bottom two steps. Spindles should be no more than 10cm apart.
Mariyah Cobb Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-09 22:50:01. Straight doesn't have to equal dull, and it's possible to modernise less than lovely stairs with cladding, such as timber, tile or stone. Many modern homes have stairs built in concrete, which is ideal for resurfacing. If you're updating a less sturdy staircase, make sure it's sound by cladding with marine plywood before affixing any sort of tiles, otherwise they might crack. 'You can re-clad a staircase in oak for about £500-£1,000, depending on the balustrade you choose,' says Vanessa Garrett, director of Broadleaf Timber. 'This is a much more accessible solution if you don't have a huge budget, would rather not embark on big structural changes or are limited by space.'
Laney Morris Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-13 14:35:14. In order to create a peaceful retreat, a bedroom needs to be as clutter-free as possible. Most people have a considerable amount of clothing, so first-class storage is essential. Built-in storage systems eat up less floor space than freestanding furniture. 'When planning your hanging space, measure the length of your clothes rail, then add 20 per cent,' advises Peter Friend of Hülsta.
Naya Pacheco Staircase Understairs, 2018-10-09 14:52:55. The area under the stairs is often neglected. Once you recognize its potential, however, you can transform it in a variety of ways. With a little thought you could turn it into an efficient storage area, designed around your particular needs; or you could open it up into a room or hallway, thus increasing available space and giving your home a more open-plan feel.
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