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July 3, 2013
When every square foot of storage counts, consider the little-used and often-overlooked spaces underneath staircases.
David Langston-Jones works in his office in a Sydney suburb

Architect David Langston-Jones tucked his office under the stairs of his modern house in Sydney, Australia.

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Originally appeared in Twice as Nice
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Wooden staircase with kitchen shelves

Furniture collector Kathryn Tyler built her house in England around the vintage pieces she's ammassed over the years. Her retro kitchenware rests atop unclutted open shelving that doubles as a staircase.

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Andrew Meredith 2007
Originally appeared in English Designer's Live/Work Home
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Modern linden plywood and ash staircase cabinet

Residents of this contemporary home in Koriyama, Japan, squeeze out every cubic inch of storage, courtesy of a centuries-old design concept—the tansu.

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Originally appeared in Top Drawer
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Architect Chad Ludeman hangs bicycles beneath the staricase of his affordably built house in Philadelphia.

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Originally appeared in Green Urban Housing in Philadelphia
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Steps leading to Michael Pozner's lofted bed in his modern Manhattan apartment offer storage for clothes.

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Originally appeared in The Manhattan Transformation
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Geometric bright blue clothes rack bench

Designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama stocked their London guesthouse with colorful furniture of their own design, like this bench and coat rack aptly placed under a staircase.

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Originally appeared in A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London
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coil house, staircase, tokyo, japan

A twisting staircase in this compact Japanese house offers a convenient way to reach books on an adjacent multi-tiered shelf.

Originally appeared in Stacked
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David Langston-Jones works in his office in a Sydney suburb

Architect David Langston-Jones tucked his office under the stairs of his modern house in Sydney, Australia.

Photo by Nick Bowers.

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