Under the Staircase Design Ideas
Peter Walsh transforms an asymmetrical under-the-staircase junk repository into a thoroughly organized storage space for essentials.
By Meredith Bryan
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the August 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
"This closet is not a magical bottomless pit," Walsh says wryly, daring to poke his head in. All evidence to the contrary, "it will hold only a finite number of things." The trick is to designate which things, and to assign a clear purpose for a space that does not announce one. Sohal—who, like Dawn Bridgewater, is organized in her work life (she's the owner and designer of Bare Collection, a jewelry and handbag line) and views this closet as something she's just been too busy to tackle—decides to designate the space for stuff she needs "quick and easy access to," such as home maintenance supplies (lightbulbs, tape); the shopping bags and wrapping paper that she "obsessively" reuses; and "rainy day" kids' toys, like games and art supplies. Everything else—baby gear the boys have outgrown, sporting equipment like tennis rackets—will move to the playroom or to deeper storage in the garage.