Basement Steps Secret Storage

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My basement steps were foul!  I mean nasty.  I have evidence…brace yourself, it’s bad!!

Hello, hello, are you still there or did you pass out??

I took a nasty fall down these steps a few weeks back and so it motivated my Better half and I to get busy making them more user and visually friendly.

First, we removed that awful carpet and the treat that was waiting for us underneath was well… DISGUSTING!!

After removing the carpet from these bottom 3 steps we realized how unsafe these steps actually were.

The treads on all the steps were only 7 inches wide so we repurposed the treads from the upstairs steps that we replaced last summer.

The steps are now covered with carpet so it didn’t matter what the treads looked like, just that they were wider than the previous 7 inches.

Ahhhh, isn’t that wonderful!

I saw the idea to add drawers under our steps and was convinced to do this!!!

Thankfully My Better Half is a genius and was able to take this dresser and turn it into…

Basement Step Storage
Drawers in the steps!!

This is the pictorial of the building process:

After new carpet and some paint, they are not just beautiful but extremely practical.

I love, love, love all this extra storage.
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  1. Love all of your ideas but this is, so far, by far, my fave!! Of course, until you post again. Thanks for all the great posts!!!

  2. Totally impressive! Great idea and a very talented hubby!

    I’m jealous of the secret drawers!

  3. How cool! Good job :)

  4. Sorry about your fall. Glad something great came out of it. Those drawers are super amazing! What will you store in them?

  5. Fabluous Job!!! Its crazy houw much dirt is under carpet HUH!!! It look fabulouse!!!

  6.! Grody was an understatement. I love your ideas!

  7. Thank you for sharing! This might have been the motivation we needed. I had pinned bunches of great storage-under-stairs ideas, but assumed I’d need to hire a carpenter to figure it out. I love this!


  8. I’ll probably store shoes in them. We have so many shoes and very little accessible storage. That’s the plan!

  9. that is awesome. i sooo want that-it’s cool, it’s functional, and it’s secret! i always wanted a secret space!

  10. this is what I call a real makeover! you had a great idea and your husband is very skilled.

  11. That is a great idea! I love practical clever ideas!
    Sherry’s Bees Nest

  12. ‘Scuse me, but does your hubby have an older brother? I could sure use a handy man!! Hmm….handy man or handyman? Uh, never mind. But you guys did an awesome job! And it IS nice to have a man who is handy!! But then he’s got a pretty handy girl, too!

  13. This is genius!!!! I am totally doing this when I redo my basement in a few months

  14. Not like….LOVE!!!!! I’m in the process of purchasing a repo house,turning it into a home, and blogging it as I go ….Maybe when I get to the stairs I’ll link to you and do my own version of this!!!!!!

  15. I think this should come standard in all houses! I would love all that extra storage space. I’d love for you to share this at my link party.

  16. What a really cool idea that is! I could surely fill up each drawer in a skinny minute.

    Have a great day

  17. This is so neat! What a great way to add storage space!

    I’d love if you would like this up {and any other crafts, recipes, etc} to this week’s What’s New Wednesdays!

  18. Carrie, THIS IS GENIUS!!!!! I love this idea. When I build a new house……. I’m featuring this at

  19. Good idea providing no one leaves a drawer open and someone goes down the stairs not knowing. Yikes, that could be fatal.

    • Trust me…I thought about this. I think I will only store my shoes in these drawers so the kiddos have no excuse to get in them and leave one open!

      • Stephanie Ortega says:

        I know that one thing you could do to prevent that from ever happening is to install tiny locks to the tops of each drawer. I think you should be able to find some at your local neighborhood home improvement stores. They shouldn’t cost that much and should even come with keys. LOL, I know that my little one is a PRO at opening drawers, so that would definitely be something I would have to do if I were to create such a lovely and sensible project such as yours. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Awesome. Love this idea for extra storage.

  21. I love the idea of drawers under your steps. I’m super impressed that you guys were able to do it yourselves.

  22. I would have never thought to add storage under each stair. What a great idea!!!
    Thanks for the tip.

  23. Carrie! That was brilliant! What a fabulous idea! Please come link this up at my place on Wednesday so I can feature you!

  24. wow..another great idea!!!

  25. You’re such a beast!! Great job! I wish I had the chutzpah to do this. …Well, I would if I weren’t in an apartment and owned my own stairs… If you ever sell the house, that’ll be such a cool feature to show the buyers. ^^

  26. Omg! Want! Have to keep this in mind when we ever change our carpet. Thanks for sharing; love this!

  27. Anonymous says:

    This is GENIUS!

    I think it’s always such a short sighted design flaw in houses with steps that they don’t make the area under steps into storage (or kid cubbie) or drawers.

    Now I can add to that pet peeve: Everyone should be making DRAWERS UNDER STAIRS!

    (And I could put SO MANY SHOES in those drawers! :D)
    You could also paint a kids name on each drawer so they have their own secret stash…etc. FUN!

    (How do you open them?)

  28. OMGOODNESS! That is so crazy innovative! I am jealous. :) Come build them in my house?

  29. What a wonderful job on your stair makeover. (And kudos to your husband for figuring out how to add the drawers.)

  30. LOVE this idea! So creative! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @! You’ve been featured! Stop buy and grab a button and we hope to see you again this week!

  31. Great Idea!! do you have info on how the drawers can be supported?? This is exciting!

    • You will need to cut a 3″ wide piece of 3/4″ plywood as long as your drawer guides (1 piece for each guide). Attach your guide flush with the bottom of the strip, and use at least 3 screws to attach the strip/guide to the stringer (the side part that supports the steps and risers) making sure you have room behind your steps for the drawer to travel freely. Make sure they are level!

  32. Wonderful idea! Any info or pics on how tho support the drawers? I have 10 steps waiting ( which I recently fell down, ending up with a fracture! I think i need to add some positive vibes to them and this will help.

  33. How cool! Good job :)

  34. How cool! Good job :)

  35. WOW! Very smart and so useful and they look great. Gail

  36. Brilliant! Makes me wish I had a basement!

  37. Hope you are having a good day.

  38. Great idea

  39. Anonymous says:

    This is SUCH a great Idea! I am in the process of putting wood on my previously carpeted stairs, and I plan on implementing the drawers for sure. I think the only thing that I am going to see if i can work out is putting a lock on each of them, so the only way you can open is with a key. I think it would be too easy to leave one a little bit open, or for the kids to want to play with them. If the kids can’t get into them, then that takes out that safety issue. How Exciting!! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Brilliant! If I had little kids in the house who might get into these, I would figure out a way to install those magnetic safety locks. You can’t see anything from the outside and there’s no keyhole so the drawers keep their “secret” feature. I’ve never used them, but the previous poster’s comment made me think of them. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Please send your husband over here ASAP! I need more storage space!

  42. Genius! I have seen this done for steps leading to a bunk bed too. Such a good use of space :)

  43. Anonymous says:

    Good idea untill some one leaves a drawer open when your going down the stairs

  44. How do you open them? I do not see any handles.
    I'm planning the same project for my steps.

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  61. I recently saw this same idea in a magazine called “Small Cottages” with space saving ideas. It caught my eye because I live in a small cottage with limited area to just “move around”. I’m always trying to utilize every bit of functional space and storage in stairs is definitely a plus. “UNIQUE” I have a friend who just opened up that triangular area under the steps for his “man cave” and added an entertainment center under his staircase with a small walk-in area for service repairs or changes, video storage, ect. I think his idea was also “ausome” but I really do like the step/stairs sstorage. Terry


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