Furniture for Under Stairs

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Finding furniture for under the stairs can be a problem in small cottages.

Last year a couple came to my workshop to see if I could come up with a solution for their house. They wanted a bespoke piece of furniture, something with cupboards and shelves which would fit a small area under the stairs. Something in the dresser style.

Design Elements

We talked over the design elements they required – natural edges to the wood, locally sourced Wych Elm, how many shelves number of shelves and what spacings were preferred between the shelves, and allowances for electric sockets on the wall behind the cabinet , among others. They told me exactly what they wanted. I just had to make it for them.

Also it had to be ready for Christmas!

It is 5′ 5″ tall ( 1650 mm ) and 5′ ( 1520 mm ) wide. The lower cabinet is 22″ high ( 560 mm ). The handles and the bun feet are all hand turned, from burr elm. The whole cabinet was finished with 3 coats of Danish oil.