Secret Closet Under the Stairs with The Home Depot


Making small spaces functional is always a challenge, especially when you have to fit a ton stuff in one designated area. That is exactly what I was struggling with when it came to my hall closet under the stairs.

If you’re looking for small space solutions, I made over my tiny bench nook last year which you can check out here. Another small space reno in my home is the laundry room makeover, part 1 and part 2.

Let’s get back to the current project, the secret closet under the stairs. This closet is fairly long and wraps around the stairs so there is plenty of room. That makes it the ideal dumping ground for things to collect. Without any system in place the closet used to get cluttered all the time and we were never able to find anything we needed.

Step one was to take measurements and draw a rough layout of the space to help me visualize the design. I made a list of all the things I needed to store in there and what the ideal storage form would me (shelving, bins, baskets, hooks etc).

Of course no project is complete without a little pretty and I had to have something fun going on in there. I went with this beautiful small scale wallpaper pattern which reminded me of Block Printed fabric from my home country, Pakistan. I decided on plain white shelving with black metal brackets for a clean, minimalist look. The priority for this closet was going to be my decor stash, shoes, and seasonal items in the back. For coats I decided to go with hooks because we rarely get cold weather in Houston and giving more precious storage space to those would be wasted.

Once I had scouted out my material from The Home Depot, I made a shopping list on the app and labeled it Hall Closet. This made it super easy to locate all my favorited items all at once and I was able to add them to cart for free shipping (most items have free shipping over $45). You gotta love the convenience of The Home Depot and all the features it offers like free 2 day shipping on a ton of items and free ship to store. Another reason to download The Home Depot mobile app is to use the Store Mode capability- you can easily navigate the store and shop your list with Store Mode on. 

With all my supplies shipped to my doorstep, I installed the peel and stick wallpaper and had Hassaan help me with the shelving. The most difficult step was organizing and sifting through all of the things that were in the hall closet. I highly recommend taking your time with this part because that’s where the success of the project lies – how functional the closet is for future.

Putting things in their spot was a breeze because I had created designated zones for each category, from shoes to decor to seasonal decor, everything got a bin, rack or shelf. I love how the space turned out and I really think this is something everyone can take on over a weekend or two! A huge thank you to The Home Depot for making this DIY project a reality! 

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