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Genius Outdoor Tiny House Staircase with Built-in Storage

I had to re-share these genius tiny house storage steps with you created by the good people over at The Small House Catalog.

It’s designed if you live in a tiny home on wheels so you would usually need to find a way to create some steps to get up there anyway.

So why not include some built-in storage for your shoes while you’re at it? Please enjoy, talk about it in the comments, and re-share below.

Genius Outdoor Tiny House Staircase with Built-in Storage


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  • Angela Searles
    October 3, 2014, 12:36 pm

    Great idea!

    • Alex
      October 3, 2014, 3:21 pm

      Thanks Angela glad you liked it!

  • Aldene
    October 3, 2014, 12:44 pm

    This would be good for things like plant pots and garden tools that could withstand winters.

    • Marcy
      January 17, 2015, 11:11 am

      I’m with you. The first thing I thought of was bags of potting soil, spade, pots.

  • Marsha Cowan
    October 3, 2014, 1:24 pm

    Wow! What a great idea! Dog leashes, rubber boots, gardening tools, bird sees, the list is endless. Thanks for showing this to us!

  • alice h
    October 3, 2014, 1:42 pm

    Handy dandy but I have one word – spiders. Check your shoes before you put them on! Would work well in hot dry weather but not so good for rainy or cold weather. The shoes would be damp and cold and icky to put on. Lots of other things could be put in there though.

    • Kelli
      October 3, 2014, 10:23 pm

      So funny Alice… I thought the same thing about shoes outside! I check my shoes if they’ve been sitting for awhile INSIDE! I’d use my cool stairs for lots of amazing outdoor storage though so I still think they’re just super. Had to laugh that we are psychic twins on the spider thing!

      • alice h
        October 5, 2014, 3:54 pm

        Ah yes, I do that too, also shake out my clothes and never leave any lying on the floor. That’s just the way it is here in spider country, among the lush vegetation of the Pacific NW. Especially during fall spider migration. I often leave a moderate sprinkling of baby powder in my shoes, grosses out spiders and mice too. I also made a spray with 1 quart water, 5 drops dish soap, 10 drops tea tree oil and a bit of lavender oil that I use around the doors and windows and along the edges of the floor. You need to spray at least once a week. Doesn’t keep them all out but definitely helps. Smells nice too.

        • Cindy
          January 7, 2015, 8:41 pm

          Try some diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle wherever you don’t want bugs. You can even buy food-grade DE and use around food supplies. Bugs will die after coming in contact with it. It is not poisonous to humans, however.

    • Lisa E.
      January 21, 2015, 6:34 pm

      To keep insects out of your shoes, rubbers or boots, use plastic bags. You could keep a rag in the storage space and wipe the shoes down before bagging them.

  • tegmapat
    October 3, 2014, 2:01 pm

    Love the idea of the storage, but not for shoes…. maybe for small garden tools or something like that. Wish we could see this whole house inside….. it looks great on the outside!

  • Rae
    October 3, 2014, 3:04 pm

    What a great outside storage idea, for anything…..love the look!

  • Senorita Morena
    October 3, 2014, 6:30 pm

    Those shoes in the outdoor stair storage will make great nesting places for mice.

    • Alex
      October 4, 2014, 10:23 am

      Yikes. Good point.

    • Alex
      October 4, 2014, 10:23 am

      Maybe it’s a better storage place for other things?

  • Paul
    October 4, 2014, 7:11 am

    Genius? What? I mean, well clever maybe but genius… mmm, don’t think so.

    Anyhoo… perfect place to store short people…

    • Paul
      October 4, 2014, 7:12 am

      Genius? What? I mean, well clever maybe but genius… mmm, don’t think so.

      Anyhoo… perfect place to store short people… <>

    • Paul
      October 4, 2014, 7:14 am

      Damned Wordpress… deletes anything inside of angle brackets…

      so, shoulda read:

      Anyhoo… perfect place to store short people… (running, grinning and ducking for cover)

  • alice h
    October 4, 2014, 12:19 pm

    Just a thought, for some of us that don’t lift our feet so well these may be a tripping hazard if they don’t have some mechanism to keep them firmly closed.

  • Steve
    October 4, 2014, 11:56 pm

    Maybe line the inside of the stairs with Cedar to help reduce “smells” 😉 and help a bit with critter control. Cheap, effective & environmentally friendly…

  • Glema
    November 1, 2014, 4:18 pm

    Great idea, just add a bit a cedar for critters and a bit of borax rather than dish soap and more critters will be rejected. Maybe just line the lids with some mosquito netting and call it a day 🙂 A thought for those who are having difficulty stepping up, might make a ramp that opens with storage underneath rather than stairs?

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