If you have a deck on your home, one of the things that you will need is stairs coming from the deck. These are often just stringers that hold the decking boards or a series of boxes for low decks. The area beneath the stairs can be a vacant space that does not get used for anything. However, there are ways to make practical use of that space. This can be done with hardware for things like storage and seating. You may even want to make one a cooler for summer drinks or make the stairs detachable to give your yard more open space. Here are some ideas to give your deck stairs more practical solutions.
1. Create Bench Railings For Seating And More Open Deck Space
Seating is something that is often missing from the design of decks. If you add furniture to your deck it can take up valuable space and storage. Instead of cluttering your deck with outdoor furniture, you may want to consider adding bench railings to the design. These railings hand over the edge of the deck to give you seating, while leaving the main area of your deck open to maximize usable space.
2. Built-In Trap Doors For Under-Deck Storage That Is Easy To Access
Another option that you may want to consider for more storage is built-in trap doors, which can hold things like baskets for storing outdoor supplies. You may event want to consider pool out drawers in stairs that can give you space for some of the outdoor supplies you need. This is something that a deck contractor can do for you. If you are not sure what you want to store, you can just have them built the door and you can add the container you want later. You may event want to store a cooler in the deck for cold summer drinks.
3. Installing Bench Seats With Hidden Storage Compartments
Bench seating can be a great place to make a hidden chest for outdoor storage. If you have children that play with balls and sports equipment outside, one of the bench chests can be dedicated to store all these materials that can often get lost or damaged when left outside in the yard.
These are some ideas that you may want to consider to give your stairs practical solutions. If you want to give your deck more practical features, contact a deck builder like Reeves Exterior Services and talk with them about some of these ideas for the stairs on your deck.