Cubby Under the Stairs

Under stairs cubby house - convert the space into a cosy area for kids to play

I love hearing about how families create dedicated areas for play. Jess sent me this picture of a cubby she created under the stairs for her two daughters, aged 3 and 2 years old.  If you have an under stairs storage area, Jess shares tips on how she converted this area into a special space for her kids to play.

Cubby Under the Stairs

Step 1: Clean Out

Find a new home for all the hings we stored under there: living in a townhouse the under stairs area was sacred space but with a new storage area in our garage, we were able to make room.

Step 2: Remove Door/Add Curtain

Remove door and hang little hooks and a wired a wired line for the curtains.  Thanks to Spotlight and my mother-in-law for sewing curtain hems! (Originally I just tied ribbons on the curtains to pull them to sides but ended up sewing them on as my girls loved the privacy of having the curtains shut and loosing the ribbons!).

Step 3: Decorate

I put disney princess posters on the walls (but wallpaper is a great idea). After the initial surprise reveal for my daughter’s birthday, I had her help decorate inside with fairy lights that we put up inside using command hooks.

Step 4: Add toys

The girls helped decide what things should go in there and they frequently change it around or take extra things in. Mostly inside, there’s a little oven/stove, tea party set and baby cot or dolls house.

Step 5: Winter

In Winter I put down foam squares as we have floor boards and it was a bit cold.  Large floor cushions would work well too!

It is the girls little haven and in return I get some time for motherly duties while they happily play.

Under stairs cubby


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  • Reply
    Sandie @ AppleBee Lane
    April 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

    This is so cute and clever … I love to see creative and different ideas for using space!

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    Babysitter Bev
    April 16, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    What a fantastic idea that is. We have a cupboard under our stairs and l may well suggest this to my husband when l see him in the morning.

  • Reply
    April 20, 2014 at 5:32 am

    We LOVE this idea! What kid wouldn’t love their own secret hideout under the stairs?! 🙂 Adding a curtain and the adorable decorations make it extra special! Sharing this with our facebook followers!

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    April 22, 2014 at 12:39 am

    So cute where did you get the lamp …I love it

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