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These Tansu Chest Stairs Reveal a Clever Use of Every Nook and Cranny

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: Feb 2, 2012 • References: 33bridges and treehugger
A balance must be struck between creating enough room to breathe in a home and ensuring that no wasted spaces become a product of such plans. It's strategies like the incorporation of Tansu Chest Stairs which demonstrate how to optimize the useable areas within a house.

That tricky gap beneath the staircase can be a difficult one to maximize, typically offering an oddly shaped crawlspace for the storage of infrequently-used possessions. Designers Damara Ortolani Sisti and Megan Moynihan have come up with a much more resourceful solution, inspired by the Japanese Tansu Step-Chest or the Kaidan-Dansu Chest. In Oyster Works' Coastal Cottage on Rhode Island, these Tansu Chest Stairs emerge as unexpected drawers beyond the wall that encloses the stairway, each nestled within pairs of treads and risers.

Photo Credits: Oyster Works