3 Ideas: How to Create Storage with Stairs & Angles

If you’ve ever struggled with odd spaces, angled ceilings or the feeling that you’re running out of room for any more storage, we feel your pain.

That’s why we want to share three examples of how you can design custom storage even in unique or troublesome spaces.


Let’s start with one of the biggest challenges: an attic ceiling.

Finished attics can be homes to cozy, charming bedrooms, but there’s usually no closet and the sharply angled ceilings seem like a huge obstacle. This is when a custom closet comes in handy.

1. Here’s an example of how a wall-mounted “reach-in” closet can be designed to slope where the ceiling slopes.

At the tallest parts, double hanging rods, shelving, drawers and baskets fill the space. As the ceiling slopes down, open shelving and one low hanging rod provide additional storage.

This could be the perfect design for a bedroom or guest room in a finished attic.


But there’s another place that angles can prevent you from recognizing prime storage or work space: the stairway.

2. For example, if you want a home office, but can’t spare an extra room, consider taking advantage of the space under your stairway. This is often wasted space, which is a shame since it is perfect for small office systems or extra storage.

3. How about storage? Get creative with the space along your stairs and you might discover storage space you didn’t realize you had! This California Closets entryway design keeps backpacks, shoes and other gear neat and organized.

Inspired to create extra storage under those sloped ceilings or stairways? Tell us about it in the comments and please share this blog post with your family and friends!

Ginny Snook Scott California Closets

Ginny Snook Scott



Ginny Snook Scott is the Chief Design Officer at California Closets. She has over 25 years experience with California Closets and has helped over 1,000 clients create custom closets and organize their home. Connect with Ginny on Google+.


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