Inspiration & Ideas

5 ideas for the under the stairs space

In many homes, there is one part of it that is often forgotten about and under-utilised – the under the stairs space can be surprisingly large but awkward in shape to fit anything of real use there. This makes using it an awkward space to use, as well as style. However, with our five great ideas for using under the stairs space, you could create a whole new space, perfect for all the family. 

Create a Bar Area

If you entertain or just enjoy kicking back with a cocktail in hand, having a dedicated space to mix your drinks sounds almost too good to be true. Under the stairs space is the perfect spot. No matter how big or small the space it, it will easily accommodate a bar – designed and created to measure bar – and finished with a couple of stylish bar stools or an industrial bench to perch on.

Pommel Canvas Bar Stool with leather stripe and wooden legs

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Create a Home Office

Working from home is increasing in popularity but space can be pressing in a busy house. An under the stairs office can be the ideal, distraction-free working space.

But don’t think this means working in a small, badly-lit ‘hole’. Our Oldman Office Collection is the ideal solution. Made to measure and with a choice of finishes and options, you can create a stylish under the stairs work area, with everything that you need.

Create an Art Gallery and/or Relaxation Space

Fantastic wall art is not just for the hallway or the lounge. Sometimes, finding a quiet spot to meditate or to contemplate the bigger picture can be tough in a busy house. Creating your own ‘relaxing space’ using the space under the stairs is the obvious solution.

Dark Ram Canvas Art

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Contemporary art is, we think, simply beautiful, packed with colour and detail. For a quirky but not completely off-the-wall style, add different shapes and sizes of industrial clocks that will add detail and depth without the drama.

Storage Heaven

If there is one thing that the modern home could do with more of, it is storage space.

With so many things needed to hand every day, finding the right storage solution seems to keep slipping through our fingers. Quite often, the issue is not just lack of space but solutions that allow us to store and access our things quickly and easily. And this is where our reclaimed wood storage chest comes in to its own. Beautifully and lovingly crafted from reclaimed wood, the dents, scratches and scuffs are all part of its unique story and history.

Bremnes Reclaimed Wooden Toy Box & Blanket Box

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Thoroughly waxed to give an even finish, this reclaimed wooden storage chest is versatile, fitting with most interior design scheme in your home but perfect, we think, for being an under the stairs storage gem.

The Reading Room

Reading is an activity many of us use to shut down the hubbub of the day, slowing our whirling minds from the reality of everyday life and transporting us to a land of infinite possibilities.

But again, with the TV on, people tap-tapping on tablets and smart phones, finding a space that is truly relaxing and perfect for reading the latest best seller is not always possible.

Bamford Crushed Velvet Chesterfield Sofa

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So how about squeezing in this plush crushed velvet upholstery Chesterfield sofa under the stairs? Add a not-too-bright reading floor lamp and while away the hours with your favourite novelist and a chilled glass of wine.

How will you create your haven under the stairs?

How to style a white contemporary sideboard to look at its best

A sideboard really is a staple piece of furniture for dining rooms and living rooms offering both style and valuable storage space for all the items you want to keep tucked away. However, it also provides a perfect surface for the things that you do want on display like lamps and candle holders or for hanging canvas paintings and clocks above.

Windsor Large White Sideboard

Why choose a white sideboard? 

With any large piece of furniture, white works beautifully to keep your space looking bright and open. In terms of colour, a white contemporary sideboard also offers a wonderful blank canvas for creating a contract against colour and other pieces of furniture. Go for all white furniture for a sleek, coordinated look or add it to a room with reclaimed wooden furniture for a modern twist.

Windsor Large White Sideboard with table lamps and wall clock

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Ways of styling your sideboard

The beauty of a white sideboard is that it can be paired with whatever contemporary home decor your heart desires. Go for something simple or dramatic - either way, a white sideboard is the perfect accompaniment. 

White is a great colour if you are looking to create a glamorous decor scheme. For this style, add a stylish table lamp with a large luxurious shade. If you are looking for understated style, you can leave it there but you could also add more light by adding candle holders and tea lights.

Luxe Tear Drop Table Lamp

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There are also plenty of options for on the wall above your sideboard. A canvas painting or contemporary large clocks are a great choice to create a focal point in your room. A large wall clock is a great statement piece for any room. If you go for a white sideboard, a dark grey or black metal frame will create a stunning contrast and is bound to be a talking point - the perfect blend of classic and contemporary, industrial style.

Extra Large Black Metal Wall Clock 110cm

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Alternatively, a gorgeous canvas will look fantastic for a more classic look. Our collection of canvases come in a range of style and would look fantastic in any colour scheme. With a large sideboard, you could even place two smaller canvases side by side.

handmade and bespoke reclaimed wood sideboards

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To find the perfect white sideboard for your living room or dining room, shop the sideboards collection at Modish Living or get in touch with our team.

Small garden, no problem! How to party in a small space

With the Bank Holiday coming up, get your garden ready for an early summer party. If you have a small garden, there is no need to worry! These ideas will get your garden party ready in no time.

A bar table is a great option for a garden of any size, as it is really the only piece of furniture you need and will serve as the hub of your garden parties. The table is perfect for entertaining all your guests whilst you all have drinks. The galvanised trough in the centre can be filled with ice and will keep your favourite summer drinks cold all evening.

St Mawes Bar Table with Drinks Cooler in Reclaimed Teak

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Alternatively, if you are really short of space, a bar set looks fantastic. This way you and your guests can chat outside and just need to move inside to eat dinner. A couple of bar stools placed around the table is great for both parties and chilled summer evenings when you just want to sit outside with a drink.

 garden set St Mawes Reclaimed Wood Round Bar Table Set

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When it comes to food, a BBQ is normally the way to go as soon as the weather is warmer. But why not go for a Mediterranean inspired menu. Colourful skewers look great and are easy to pair with anything you like.  


Your party doesn't need to be completely outdoors. Open the door to the garden so the space will be maximised by having the dining area and the garden for entertaining. If its a colder evening, or you are having a more formal dinner inside, its nice for guests to have a space to flow into outside for before or after dinner with a glass of wine. If you have a smaller open plan kitchen diner, its also easier to keep your guests entertained outside whilst you finish off the food.

This works fantastically if you have a garden sofa for a cozy night with some throws. Drape them over the ends of the sofa and stock up on plump cushions for a comfortable and welcoming space to chill. To maximise the effect, add tea light holders or hang lanterns for a summer evening haven.

Chilgrove PE Rattan Garden Sofa

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To find the perfect garden furniture for your outside space, take a look at the Modish Living website or get in touch with our team.