Post links or DIY how-to's about how to conceal things in plain sight. Using stair risers as drawers. Basement Steps Secret Storage » Saving 4 Six My basement steps were foul! I mean nasty. I have evidence…brace yourself, it’s bad!! Hello, hello, are you still there or did you pass out?? I took a nasty fall down these steps a few weeks back and so it motivated my Better half and I to get busy making them more user and visually friendly. First, we removed that awful carpet and the treat that was waiting for us underneath was well… DISGUSTING!! After removing the carpet from these bottom 3 steps we realized how unsafe these steps actually were. The treads on all the steps were only 7 inches wide so we repurposed the treads from the upstairs steps that we replaced last summer. The steps are now covered with carpet so it didn’t matter what the treads looked like, just that they were wider than the previous 7 inches. Ahhhh, isn’t that wonderful! I saw the idea to add drawers under our steps and was convinced to do this!!! Thankfully My Better Half is a genius and was able to take this dresser and turn it into… Drawers in the steps!! This is the pictorial of the building process: After new carpet and some paint, they are not just beautiful but extremely practical. I love, love, love all this extra storage.