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Need an extra storage closet? Look for hidden storage space between the walls.

After downsizing we desperately needed more storage! Who knew just how much we took that extra square footage for granted. It allowed us to store decorations from Valentines Day, St Patrick’s, Easter, 4 of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and then some.

We didn’t want to rent another storage unit. Once stored in a unit… well, it’s out of sight, out of mind. It’s like everything gets sucked into a black hole, never to be seen again. Except for that pesky bill that comes every month. After many years, you finally realize all that money spent on your unit could have been spent on something else. Your stuff wasn’t worth the yearly rental cost you’d paid out.

Well, if you have enclosed stairs, look no further. Hidden storage between the walls and beneath the stairs may be your answer.

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Notice the closet to the left of the stairs?

Located underneath the upper stairs, this closet depth measures 8 feet, by 38 inches wide.

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The ceiling height, beyond the pictured shelf, is 64 inches. Some contractors build a small coat closet, only 2-3 feet deep. Not in this case. Notice the light coming from the door in the back? That is our newly, added storage closet.

Finally, extra space to store all my seasonal decorations! Did I mention we have a cat?

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Well, the cat now has her private area to eat her dry food, sleep and do her thing! 

This view is from that new doorway. The area is just under 4 feet wide and 10 feet in length. The height diminishes under each stair.

There is a light and an electrical outlet with a night-light. Notice the outside air vent. We used leftover carpet remnants for flooring and wall covering for added insulation, plus the cat’s clawing use.

We also installed the smallest cat door. It’s just outside the main closet door, under the stairs, out of view and unnoticed.

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This photo is of the cat box, the night-light, and view toward the cat door. As you can see, much more storage is available, without the cat’s needed space.

This is the second time we opened up a wall and used the space within. Look for my next post on our hidden storage space coming soon.



 

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