Smart Systems for Off-Season Storage
Unsure how to maximize that wedge of wasted space under the stairs? Turn it into storage for summer-party supplies with a deep modular unit that exploits every last inch. Build in stability by filling from the ground up, placing the heaviest items, like platters, beverage dispensers, and bottles of wine (laid horizontally), on the bottom. Put high-frequency goods at eye level, and use pretty baskets to corral small doodads, like coasters and stirrers. Genius repurposing tip: Flat document boxes can archive place mats and cocktail napkins.
To buy: Trilogy staircase shelf (four feet wide), $240, smartfurniture.com.
Also good for: Potting supplies (under the basement stairs), kitchen extras (food processor, cookbooks, trays), mudroom staples.
For more organizing help, see these basement and attic storage tips.