The best under stair storage buys: hooks, shelves, sideboards and more

Ensure an elegant look and no wasted space with these under-stair storage options, including the shelves and hooks you’d expect, and some things that you might not

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When we talk about the best under stair storage, we don’t necessarily mean something that’ll fit into that tiny cupboard where the electricity meter lives in perfect harmony with the spiders – if you have an open space behind your stairs, there’s a lot you can do to make sure it doesn’t go to waste, or worse, become a hotbed of clutter and muddy boots.

While there’s no reason the hallway should be any less considered than the rest of the home, it can often draw the short straw when it comes to dedicated decorating, which is why we’ve rounded up some units that not only make the most of the space available, but look glamorous while doing it. For a light and bright space, look to the Scandi-esque Nature unit from Vox, while retro glamour is well within reach with West Elm’s Audrey Sideboard and Oliver Bonas’ velvet Ottoman

The best under-stair storage

1. Form Oppen Oak Effect Storage Unit

Oppen or closed, this multi-use storage unit offers loads of options

Best for: Maximum capacity
Type: Floating unit
Material: Wood, glass
Reasons to buy
+ Combination of open- and closed-front storage 

Small homes can present a bit of a challenge in the way of storage, as the people who live in them can attest, but even that trickiest of spaces, the hallway-meets-living-room, can be used to its fullest extent with a little imagination. This under-stairs storage unit from Form is one of the best options out there right now for its sheer boldness in using all the space available to it. In a staircase formation, it combines tall open-front shelves and squat cupboards into a really versatile unit that keeps your favourite objects on display, and the more unsightly ones under wraps but close by. 

Cox & Cox Large Shoe & Welly Box Unit

2. Cox & Cox Large Shoe & Welly Box Unit

Give those Hunters a home with this handsome shoe storage unit

Best for: Footwear
Type: Shoe storage
Material: Spruce
Reasons to buy
+ Tall compartments for wellies and long boots

Simple yet stunning, the pared-back good looks of this solid wood shoe unit from Cox & Cox allow it to fit into most schemes, although for our money, we think it’d look fab in a rustic mudroom as well as a hallway. The schoolhouse-style label holders are a sweet touch whether you decide to use them – hey, a little bit of organisation in a hectic family home is no bad thing – or not, and the combination of tall and short compartments means there’s room for wellies and knee-high boots as well as shoes, a common oversight in shoe storage

West Elm Audrey Dining Sideboard

3. West Elm Audrey Dining Sideboard

Bump up the glamour with this decadent detailed sideboard

Best for: Glamour
Type: Sideboard
Material: Albasia wood, ash, oak, metal
Reasons to buy
+ Practical statement piece 

Looking for design ideas for you hallway? Help it reach its full welcoming potential with a luxury statement piece like this sideboard from West Elm. The Audrey adds tons of texture and interest to an often under-appreciated area with its thumbprint-style indents, glossy ebony lacquer and glamorous black and gold colourway. Its slender brass legs and drawer pulls give the whole thing a streamlined Art Deco vibe, and the two spacious drawers give plenty of space for corralling clutter, while the cable tidy at the rear allows you to feed through telephone wires and charging cables for a slick look. 

Form Perkin Oak Effect Study Storage Unit Kit

4. Form Perkin Oak Effect Study Storage Unit Kit

Equally at home under stairs or in studies, this one offers oodles of storage

Best for: Organising
Type: Storage unit
Material: Oak
Reasons to buy
+ Loads of drawer and shelf storage 

Not unlike our first choice from Form, this storage unit is ideally shaped for under-stairs spaces with its tall-to-small configuration of shelves and drawers. However, if you aren’t a big fan of the slightly higgledy-piggledy (that’d be 'eclectic', in interiors speak) aesthetic presented by the Oppen, this might be more your speed. With its elegant natural oak effect, evenly sized inlets and base layer of sleek handleless drawers, it’s a little more unified in its look, and offers oodles of space for whatever you’d like to live in it.

Oliver Bonas Velvet Ottoman

5. Oliver Bonas Velvet Ottoman

Sit on it, store in it, or simply admire it

Best for: Multi-use furniture
Type: Storage Ottoman
Material: Cotton, beech
Reasons to buy
+ Interior storage and seating 

Make that under stairs alcove feel more like part of the home, and less like a shoe and miscellaneous rubbish depository, with a plush piece of upholstery like this velvet Ottoman from Oliver Bonas. With its retro button detailing and undeniably tactile velvet finish, it’s a wonderful example of how you can make that piece of space feel utterly luxurious as well as providing a practical purpose, and the capacious chest offers storage for brollies and boots while the cushiony quilted top makes a great place to perch while putting on shoes. 

Vox Nature Wide Sideboard

6. Vox Nature Wide Sideboard

Keep things simple with this Scandi sideboard

Best for: Hiding clutter
Type: Sideboard
Material: Oak
Reasons to buy
+ Adjustable interior shelves 

Audrey a little dark for your liking, but still sold on the idea of an under stairs sideboard? Vox have got you covered with their light, bright, Scandi-style unit. In contrasting warm-toned natural oak and solid white panels, it has a clean, considered look, while the tapered legs add some Mid-century style. Like the Form units, there’s both open- and closed-front storage on offer, so you can choose what to show and what to hide, and the interior shelves are even adjustable to suit odd-sized objects. 

John Lewis Restoration Shelf

7. John Lewis Restoration Shelf

Tick those industrial trend boxes with this modern shelf

Best for: Coats
Type: Shelf/hooks
Material: Wood, iron
Reasons to buy
+ Comes with nine moveable hooks 

You don’t have to live in a restored factory to absolutely nail the industrial look – as this nifty wall unit proves with its on-trend wire grid backing and weathered-effect wood shelf, it’s all down to the accessories. With three sections and nine hooks to move around as you wish, you can assign everyone their own module or go freestyle when it comes to hanging coats and keys, and use the shelf for those other curious bits and bobs that usually end up amassed on top of the hall radiator or slung on the stairs. 

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