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Storage shelves under staircase

Making a Splash
Making a Splash

Adding shelves under a staircase can turned an under utilised space into a tidy storage area.





The project


Under the staircase is often a negative space not used to its full potential but I got to building and am so happy we now have this area to utilise. This project helped give us some much needed storage at our house.




How to build storage shelves


Step one


Empty the space, vacuum and wipe the walls down.


Step two


Measure the space and place tape on the floor to mark it out. Find the studs in the wall and tape where the middle of the stud is for future reference.


Step three


Cut your support pieces to size. I used leftover skirting boards from our build.


Step four


Secure these boards into the studs, making sure you secure it in enough spots so that you have maximum support. 




If your shelves are long, make sure you add in a support piece from the ground to the bottom of the shelf.


Step five


Paint your supports to match your walls.


Step six


Place Liquid Nails on the top of your supports and place the melamine on top, pre-drill a few small holes in the top of the melamine and secure with a flathead nail.


Step seven


Use Hafele corner shelf brackets to stabilise and join your corners.




Step eight


Put silicone in the joins where the shelf meets the wall, and join if the melamine meets another panel.


Step nine


Add in a feature at the front if your space allows.






  • Melamine shelving


  • Bottom supports (I used skirting board for mine)


  • Hafele corner shelf brackets


  • Liquid Nails


  • Flathead nails


  • Drills and drill bits


  • Silicone


  • Paint


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