Home Improvement--General/stairs - storage


QUESTION: I am hoping to make a few of my interior stairs into storage.  Am I better off 1) adding drawers within the risers 2) hinging the risers so they open 3) hinging the stair tread or something else?  Any tips?  Thank you for your time.

ANSWER: Hi Gregory,
Interesting idea.  I do have one question:  do you have access to the area under the stairs?  If so, can you physically get into that area?  Let me know and I'll finish my answer.

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QUESTION: I do not have acces to under the stairs.  Thanks.

Hi Gregory,
Since you do not have access to the area under the stairs (which is pretty unusual) I would recommend hinging the stair tread and doing it on the bottom step(s).  Any other modification would be very difficult without access.  Depending on the age of your home you may find some interesting things in that area - I have seen all kinds of things put under stairs over the years.  Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.


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I will answer questions dealing with home improvement. My specific areas of expertise are flooring (except carpeting), all types of carpentry, water treatment, and minor electrical. I have also built several treehouses and am currently considering expanding my business to concentrate on children's play areas. I love working with all kinds of wood. My favorite types of home repair/remodeling are water treatment, hardwood flooring, cabinetry, bathroom remodeling, and kitchen remodeling. I also have knowledge in residential water treatment, including filters, softeners, reverse osmosis systems and various other types of treatment systems.


I have been working in various forms of construction both personally and professionally for the past 20 years. I am currently the Owner/Contractor of a home repair/remodeling company.

I have a BS in Environmental Engineering and have done Masters work in Management Development. I have also attended various community college and fine arts classes in the Piedmont Triad area and EPA water quality certification classes.

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