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People are turning cupboards-under-the-stairs into playrooms, gaming dens & even DOG beds, here’s how to do for cheap

CRAFTY homeowners are utilising the wasted space under their stairs and creating some seriously dreamy rooms.

From playrooms to gaming dens and even enviable doggy pads, if you’re looking for some inspo check out these budget designs.

Playhouse

Karen Adamson made a girly den for her daughter for less than £100 using bargain products from B&M, Amazon and B&Q
Karen Adamson made a girly den for her daughter for less than £100 using bargain products from B&M, Amazon and B&Q
Another mum created a pink-themed wonderland for her little girl using bits from Homebase and eBay
Another mum created a pink-themed wonderland for her little girl using bits from Homebase and eBay
Before the cupboard was just an empty void
Before the cupboard was just an empty void

Karen Adamson, 37, from Midlothian, Scotland, made a girly den that resembled a miniature home for three-year-old Holly.

The best part of the project is that it was achieved for less than £100 using bargain products from B&M, Amazon and B&Q.

The outside of the playhouse was made to look like a little house, with a cut-out window and a front door with a knocker.

A doting dad created a room from scratch by building a timber frame to fill the space and decorating it with leftover paint and wallpaper he already had
A doting dad created a room from scratch by building a timber frame to fill the space and decorating it with leftover paint and wallpaper he already had
Mum Rachel Moore using leftover bits she already had and cheap wall decor from Amazon to spruce up her space
Mum Rachel Moore using leftover bits she already had and cheap wall decor from Amazon to spruce up her space
Lauren Libin used a free sample of paint, carpet off-cuts and freebies from friends and family to transform her small cupboard
Lauren Libin used a free sample of paint, carpet off-cuts and freebies from friends and family to transform her small cupboard

Inside was everything a young tot could need, from a sofa to a toy kitchen and a washing machine.

All the paint, wallpaper and window box were bought from B&M, and the couple didn’t have to splash the cash to get them.

Karen also purchased a working doorbell and brass hardware from Amazon, and she next hopes to add curtains and a letterbox.

Sophie Griffiths sourced materials from her local handyman shop, paint from B&Q, wallpaper and artificial flowers from Wilko and the flower box is a recycled storage crate
Sophie Griffiths sourced materials from her local handyman shop, paint from B&Q, wallpaper and artificial flowers from Wilko and the flower box is a recycled storage crate
Sophie says she spent £130 on wood to make the frame from scratch,  £5 on flowers, £7 on the wallpaper and £6 on paint.
Sophie says she spent £130 on wood to make the frame from scratch, £5 on flowers, £7 on the wallpaper and £6 on paint.
It's the perfect play are for her little one
It’s the perfect play are for her little one
Amber Smith McGraw created the incredible playhouse for her three kids using cheeap Amazon buys
Amber Smith McGraw created the incredible playhouse for her three kids using cheeap Amazon buys
The place is complete with it's own miniature kitchen with Amber admitting she didn't have the heart to tell her stepdad the wallpaper was upside down
The place is complete with it’s own miniature kitchen with Amber admitting she didn’t have the heart to tell her stepdad the wallpaper was upside down

Meanwhile, Rachel Moore, 31, wanted to create a space where her daughter, Freya, six, who has special needs, could go and relax

She laid down a new floor, using some leftover vinyl flooring she had from when she updated her bathroom and gave the skirting boards a lick of paint, and rubbed down the walls before filling in any holes. 

She added wall stickers from eBay in a gorgeous cherry blossom scene and picked up fake cherry blossom branches from Amazon for just £7.99. 

Pooch Paradise

One woman created a stunning space for her new pup which has plenty of storage space too
One woman created a stunning space for her new pup which has plenty of storage space too
She previously used it as a place to store unwanted junk, admitting it looked incredibly messy
She previously used it as a place to store unwanted junk, admitting it looked incredibly messy

Pet owners would go to great lengths to ensure their fury friends have a safe and comfortable place to call home – and many are creating entire rooms for their pups to make it happen.

One woman transformed the “messy and awkward” space under the stairs using a bit of timber and cheap buys – and it’s equipped with a cosy bed and a box of toys, and even includes a custom hanging sign with the new pups name plastered on the front.

Another woman turned an empty white space into a den for her four-legged friend, adding in a dog bed, food bowls, as well as adding marble and tile-effect walls and floors.

Proud mum Natasha Hammond shared her pup's new pad online, and Coco seems to love it too
Proud mum Natasha Hammond shared her pup’s new pad online, and Coco seems to love it too
Another pet owner utilised the otherwise wasted space and turned it into a room for her pooch
Another pet owner utilised the otherwise wasted space and turned it into a room for her pooch

She put up a shelf for his doggy treats, and even hung bunting with his name outside and a snap of her pooch in a bone-shaped frame – and all done for incredibly cheap.

Gaming Galore

Rachel Cooper wanted to treat her son for his upcoming birthday so she decided to utilise the wasted space to create the ultimate gaming sanctuary complete with a gaming console, a TV and a speciality gaming chair.

The unused space was in need of some love, that much was clear, but within just three hours, the crafty mum transformed the space with a lick of midnight blue paint and some plush carpet – creating a cosy gaming cocoon.

Mark Aspey spent just £15 on his own gaming room using leftover carpet and wallpaper.
Mark Aspey spent just £15 on his own gaming room using leftover carpet and wallpaper.
Rachel transformed the cupboard for just £50
Rachel transformed the cupboard for just £50
The cupboard wasn't being used for anything and was in much need of some sprucing up
The cupboard wasn’t being used for anything and was in much need of some sprucing up

Speaking to Fabulous, the crafty mum Rachel revealed that she spent as little as £50 to create the Harry Potter-esque cupboard by using bargains from The Range and Poundland.

But it’s not just parents doing it for kids, but wives and girlfriends are doing it for their gaming-obsessed blokes too.

One woman cleared out her messy cupboard and moved her boyfriend’s gaming gear in to give him his own space to play – and it costs her nothing to do.

Meanwhile, a dad turned his cupboard into his personal ‘man cave’ complete with a giant TV and beanbags simply be rearranging what he already had at home.

One woman cleared out her messy cupboard and moved in her boyfriend's gaming gear adding a couple of cheap shelves for storage
One woman cleared out her messy cupboard and moved in her boyfriend’s gaming gear adding a couple of cheap shelves for storage
It was previously used to store household junk
It was previously used to store household junk
Ryan Atfield used the empty cupboard to create his own mini man cave
Ryan Atfield used the empty cupboard to create his own mini man cave
Ryan strung up some fairy lights as a finishing touch, adding the shelf with all the wires doubled up as a media centre
Ryan strung up some fairy lights as a finishing touch, adding the shelf with all the wires doubled up as a media centre

Storage solution

A woman who was looking for a way to store her family photo albums revealed the stunning storage solution her dad built her under the stairs.

The Aussie mum came across the idea on Pinterest which not only acts as a chic shelving unit, but when pulled out reveals extra hidden storage.

Thrilled by how it turned out after just one week of work, the woman shared the end result on Facebook and people love the stunning use of space.

As much as she credited her dad for the work, she revealed it was simple enough to do and that most carpenters should be able to do it.

Juliana Beckham, 30, and James Beckham, 31,were quoted £800 and did it themselves for £80
Juliana Beckham, 30, and James Beckham, 31,were quoted £800 and did it themselves for £80
They ordered the sliding runners from ebay for £20.99 for two lots, along with pop hinges, which cost £4.17 for two
They ordered the sliding runners from ebay for £20.99 for two lots, along with pop hinges, which cost £4.17 for two

Meanwhile, Juliana Beckham, 30, and James Beckham, 31,were quoted £800 plus VAT for a professional to build in under-stair storage for them.

After receiving the eye-watering quote, the couple decided to do it themselves – and managed to achieve the project for just £80, resulting in a saving of £720. 

They ordered the sliding runners from ebay for £20.99 for two lots, along with pop hinges, which cost £4.17 for two. 

One creative couple fit a hidden cupboard right under the stairs
One creative couple fit a hidden cupboard right under the stairs
One bloke used the wasted space to create the pull-out storage system for his daughter
One bloke used the wasted space to create the pull-out storage system for his daughter

Then they went to B&Q and bought two sheets of MDF at £20 each. They already had the timber for the framework from a previous project, but revealed it’s fairly cheap to get hold of. 

Elsewhere, a DIY-loving couple looking for extra storage space in their home decided to utilise the hidden room under their stairs, adding a nifty hinged cupboard right beneath their feet.

Sharing photos of the project to the Facebook group DIY on a Budget Official, Helen Barnshaw wrote: “So much hidden space under the stairs, that was otherwise wasted until my husband made some extra storage space.

“We were quoted £230 originally, but my husband did it for just under £60.”

For more DIY hacks, one woman shares her cheap IKEA hack which instantly makes your room look twice as big.

As we previously told you, one DIY fan who couldn’t afford new shelving transformed an old Ikea unit instead – and it cost her next to nothing.

And a savvy mum shows how she used Poundland and Wilko bargains to create The White Company dupes – and it’s so easy.

Mum creates stunning glittery staircase for just under £10 using B&M wrapping paper




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