Mum Creates Incredible Under-The-Stairs Playhouse For Her Daughter
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Whether your home is on the smaller side, or is a three-storey mansion, it's still nice to maximise whatever space you do have.
And one area that can often feel redundant is underneath the stairs, where it's on an awkward angle and shoes tend to gather in a heap.
But not in Sophie Griffiths from Newport, South Wales' home. She used this once neglected area to create an incredible mini playhouse for her daughter.
Complete with a window box with flowers and wallpaper that makes it look just like the front of a house, this 'cupboard' under the stairs is a far cry from Harry Potter's in Privet Drive.
Sophie's daughter, two-year-old Daisy, uses the new space to play and the pretend house even boasts a kitchen where she can whip up her family some pretend dinner.
When Sophie, 29, moved into the home, she scoured Pinterest and Instagram to find decorating ideas.
She said: "My husband and I recently bought our first home and upon purchasing it.
"I immediately started looking for ideas to decorate and turn our house into a home," Sophie told money saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.
But she particularly wanted an area Daisy could play without leaving too much mess.
"Creating an inviting, child-friendly play area was top of my list, however I also wanted to have a tidy, toy-free room at night once she went to bed," she said.
"As the stairs is situated in our living and dining room, I saw the perfect opportunity to use the space underneath."
It meant little Daisy could play in the same room as her parents relaxed in.
The creative mum who is an administrator by day, worked with her dad (Daisy's granddad) to create the sweet area, using social media to inspire the design.
"I used Pinterest and Google to search 'under stairs toy storage'," said Sophie.
"I soon came across playhouse ideas and fell in love, so I pitched the idea to my dad who then put the ideas into construction.
Overall they spent around £150 bringing the idea to life, spending £130 on wood, £5 on flowers, £7 on wallpaper and £6 on paint.
"It couldn't be more perfect," Sophie added.
"My dad sourced the materials from our local handyman shop, paint from B&Q, the wooden effect wallpaper and artificial flowers from Wilko and the flower box is a recycled storage crate."
"My daughter absolutely loves playing in her new playhouse and it has made a great feature in our new home!"
And if you want to copy the look, Sophie says you'll need a saw, drill, sander, hammer, screwdrivers and paintbrush when it comes to tools.
You'll also need plain timber for the frame, plywood for the front and door, skirting board for the door surround, roof, window surround and external house frame, wooden effect wallpaper, paint, screws, nails, hinges and all purpose filler.
Sounds like hard work... But just look at those results!