TV Unit With Under Stairs Storage Units

We Demonstrate How To Create Useful Under Stairs Storage Units


The brief for this job was to create the opportunity for the positioning of a TV unit with under stairs storage units. This was a particularly unusual commission and involved a degree of planning as well as innovative design work.

Mr H wanted to turn an open space underneath his stairs into both a storage and working space for his TV/Xbox/Speakers and other assorted paraphernalia. The stairs led up from the open plan lounge which lent itself to being used with the introduction of a bit of creative flair. The customer desperately wanted to use the space under the stairs to create more room in the lounge as the current TV unit was taking up far too much space.

The main focus of this job was in the planning, design and manufacturing stages so as to maximise the small space provided under the stairs. We designed and created small open housing units for each electrical component of his TV unit, X Box and Speakers.



How To Accommodate The TV Unit

Once on site we began to join all the housing units together to create one large TV Unit housing system. However the actual TV Unit was hung on the stairs just above all of the open storage units. This is where Mr H wanted it to go.

Whilst we were building the TV unit Mr H also informed us that he wanted to use the space behind the TV unit where there would usually be wasted space. We suggested some more open shelf units where he could store DVD/Games etc. In addition there would be an open space in between the two sets of open shelves, where we suggested the vacuum cleaner and ironing board could be stored. We then faced this space with two doors to give the impression of an under stairs storage cupboard.



Confession Time!

This job took 3 days in total to complete since we encountered a couple of problems along the way! The main one being a simple miss-measurement by a person who shall not be named! This error resulted in the wrong size doors being ordered. This wasn’t a big problem thankfully. We ordered a couple more whilst on site and got them fitted the following week. It just goes to show that even the best of us can make mistakes. The important thing is that it was rectified within a week. Honest of us to own up – wasn’t it!


We are so impressed with our under stairs home cinema storage unit and
cupboard. Derek and his team were brilliant from start to finish. Derek was
able to turn my husbands vision in to reality and make it better than he
ever envisaged, which is no mean feat considering I couldn’t picture what he
wanted. The quality of work is impeccable. Nothing is too much effort in
order to ensure the finished result is what you want and need.

Thanks for everything,
Cheryl and Steven H.

The TV unit with under stairs storage units was completed in a white Textured finish with handles to match their current kitchen handles. All in all, a job well done. The customer was happy with the rearrangement of his TV unit and the extra space he was able to realise in his lounge. So, the provision of the TV unit with under stairs storage units was a total success.


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Under Stairs Drawer Units

side view of new staircase with rail and spindles

Staircase Renovation June 2016

This small task of creating under stairs drawer units was done in conjunction with one of our previous jobs, where we fitted a new stair banister and spindles. Take a look at Staircase Renovation posted on 30th June 2016.

This customer wanted us to put the empty space underneath the stairs to good use as it was currently just collecting dust and ‘stuff’ in general. You know, the kind of ‘stuff’ that you couldn’t really get at once you put it underneath because of the awkward angle of the stairs. They also wanted to colour match the previous job with this one, which is something we get quite regularly and we are more than happy to do as we have over 50 different decors to choose from.

From the wealth of experience we have accumulated from previous similar jobs we had done, we suggested a deep under stairs drawer unit. It would utilise heavy duty drawers runners so it was possible to pull the drawers all the way out and get full access as well as taking advantage of all the space available.

We started by building a frame system underneath the stairs. This was to be able to give us the sides to the drawer units to be able to fix the runners and drawers too. This was as straightforward as it could be. We just had to ensure we matched the angle of our cut with the angle of the stairs to give a good finish.

This job took us just one full day, and the cabinetry we used was a white textured board. The doors however, were made to match the stairs banisters and were done in a white oak finish then stained to match. These drawers were also fitted with a push to open drawer runner so there was no need for any handles.

So, all in all, the under stairs drawer units were a fairly painless procedure for the family amongst all the other work they had going on.


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TV Unit With Storage Under Stairs


Creating a bespoke TV unit with storage under stairs is just one of the many project we love to tackle here at Real Room Designs. This particular case study took a bit of thinking about and it was important to make sure we incorporated the wishes of the customer. Designing the whole build to neatly fit into the wasted space under the stairs was particularly gratifying.


Mr J Wants A TV Unit With Storage



Mr J was struggling to find any use for an old under stairs cupboard that was located in one of his front rooms. He himself called it ‘’a waste of useful storage space’’.

Mr J gave us a good idea of what he would like doing to this under stairs conundrum. Once we had listened to his requests and surveyed the job, we were able to clearly offer a solution to his storage problems whilst making the optimum use of the wasted space under the stairs. It also had to look good!!!

In essence the brief was to accommodate a big TV and DVD unit along with creating big deep drawers to maximise the deep storage space in the alcove.

Initially we had to remove the existing stud wall. This came out relatively easily with a bit of good old fashioned ‘Controlled’ brute force.


Even The Cat Joins In

Even The Cat Joins In


We decided to keep the frame work as this was structurally sound and in turn saved both ourselves and Mr J a little bit of money. Once the frame was sorted, the rest went together relatively problem free. There were a couple of small hiccups though! One being concealing all of the wiring that’s needed to power all of the electrical appliance that Mr J wanted to install.

Also Mr J wanted to incorporate a 1 metre deep drawer up one side of the unit. Now building these weren’t a problem as such, but finding the suitable drawer runners to be able to take the amount of weight that is needed took a bit of searching. But we did it and these drawers can take up to 120kgs!!



This job took 6-7 days from removing the existing studded wall to putting the final drawer front on.

For even more information about this project have a read of Mr J’s extensive review and testimonial:

“I’d always been frustrated at the wasted space in my front room. One wall had an alcove and the entry to an under stairs cupboard. Unfortunately, because of the way it was built most of the space was useless. Anything in the back of the under stairs cupboard was unreachable without taking everything out. TV and wall units I could find to sit in the alcove without obstructing the door provided very little storage or shelf space.

I had an idea for a large wall unit incorporating as much of the under stairs cupboard as possible. Speaking with Derek, from Real Room Designs, he suggested I draw a sketch of what I wanted and he would do a design for me. Very quickly I had a design for a wall unit that would use all the space in the alcove and as much of the under stairs as possible. I had an idea for the colour pattern I wanted, and the huge range of different finishes allowed me to find exactly what I wanted. I made a small number of changes to the design.

The great thing about a bespoke unit is you can have all the shelves and cupboards the height and width you need them to be rather than having to settle with someone else’s idea of how big a cupboard needs to be. A few weeks later the build started. This isn’t a kit that is simply bolted together, it’s a bespoke hand built unit. There were a few hiccups along the way but these were dealt with quickly and efficiently by Derek and Paul.

I now have the wall unit that is perfect for what I need. The bespoke build means it is exactly the size, shape and colours I need. Looking at it, you wouldn’t believe it wasn’t an original part of the house. I have four huge 1-metre-deep drawers on runners that will take up to 120kg (264lbs), another smaller drawer perfect for DVDs, six cupboards holding everything from glassware to my home printer, powered up but neatly tucked out of sight. Four areas for ornaments, perfectly sized shelves for my Sky box, home media centre, DVD player, sound bar and, of course, the obligatory 50″ TV. The unit has made a huge difference to storage in the house and is a beautiful addition to my front room.

Thanks to Derek, Paul, Lewis, Nathan & Elliot of Real Room Designs for designing and building this fantastic piece of art for me.”

A job well done. Creating a bespoke TV unit with storage under stairs is done to the complete satisfaction of Mr J.


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