Staircase Drawers! First home wood project.

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Project by BigBrownLog posted 04-07-2012 06:30 PM 12933 views 24 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have no idea why you don’t see more of this in houses. One of those damn why didn’t I think of that.

It fits 8 pairs of shoes with room to spare. So now I dont have a trip hazzard when I go to the laundry room.

Made from #1 pine, dado corners, glued, and nailed. Each box is about 20” wide by 23” deep. I really wanted 1 full drawer but there is a center horse so I had to make two boxes. Got 2 sets of 100# dwawer slides from lowes. I angled the slides down from front to back so that the drawer would have a natural tendency to close. Faced the boxes with the same piece of wood from the staircase. 4 Push-Open Mechanisms from lee valley. So you don’t know that there is a drawer there and I didn’t want a pull on it because it would more than likely get kicked off at sonm point. My fiance found this idea on pintrest. She has actually found quite a few good projects on there.

EDIT It wasn’t too tough to complete. The hardest thing about it was trying to get comfortable when measuring for and installing the drawer slides. Find some comfy pillows if you decide to do this. Also I would not suggest trying to put one in at the very bottom of the stairs because of molding, carpet, tile, or whatever you may have there.

Also get your drawer slides before you build your box/boxes they tell you the required clearence they need.
One important thing is that you will have to add a piece of wood to your horses because they aren’t wide enough for the length of drawer slides you will likely use. please feel free to ask if you need help.

-- Whoever said nothing is impossible has obviously never tried to staple water to a tree

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#1 posted 04-07-2012 07:38 PM

Great use of space….question; can you do this to as many risers as you want? I certainly could see doing this to more than one.

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#2 posted 04-07-2012 07:48 PM

Isn’t it. I love it. Oh yeah I could do the whole staircase. I will just make them as necessity requires it.

-- Whoever said nothing is impossible has obviously never tried to staple water to a tree

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#3 posted 04-07-2012 08:04 PM

This would make a great hiding place for valuables providing you don’t tell or show anyone! Cool build.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 04-07-2012 08:55 PM

BigBrown this is the best idea I’ve seen in a long time. Great job. Not to bust your bubble, but could you follow up and let me know how you get everybody to put their shoes away lol. Anyway it is still the best idea I have seen in a very long time. Got several stairwells I can do this in. Thanks for giving me more work to do lol.


What a great site pintrest is. Thanks for the info.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#5 posted 04-08-2012 01:33 AM

Excellent execution of an excellent idea! I can’t wait to have a house so that I can make alterations like this, thanks for sharing.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#6 posted 04-08-2012 02:47 AM

@ Everyone thanks for the comments.

@Bearpie – I really wanted a single box so that I could store a shotgun in there also but was hesitant to cut and rebrace the center horse.

@ken – lol this was made out of necessity because of one person. My fiance is a nurse and doesn’t like to bring the stuff that sticks to her shoes at work into the house. Now why there are always 5 and 6 pairs there I’ll never know. But to her credit she did find a solution to the problem.

-- Whoever said nothing is impossible has obviously never tried to staple water to a tree

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#7 posted 04-08-2012 04:07 AM

That sure is a good use for otherwise wasted space.
(A great secret hiding place for stuff too.)

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#8 posted 04-08-2012 04:10 AM

Fantastic – especially considering how people opt to sit on the stairs to put their shoes on.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 04-08-2012 04:44 AM

Biglog, this is amazing. Nice job!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#10 posted 04-08-2012 08:56 AM

That is GENIUS! though I could see self closing slides or a spring on the back to prevent those late night trips to the kitchen from turning into trips to see you wife at the hospital.

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#11 posted 04-08-2012 04:10 PM

Very cool. Great idea. Thanks for posting. Fav’d.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#12 posted 09-13-2014 01:02 PM

What a grand idea! Nice job!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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