Before & After: Under the Stairs Space to Reading Nook

updated Mar 11, 2020
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As a kid who used to retreat to my closet floor to read in peace, I have a soft spot in my heart for reading nooks. Looking to carve out a little space, Ashley took the completely unused and unaccessible space under her stairs and transformed it into a delightful reading nook/playspace for her kids. Ashey’s “little monsters” are lucky; I confess, if this were my house, I would likely be claiming this space for my very own!

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Board and batten, crown moulding, nautical color scheme, cheery cherry stool, bookshelf, floor pillows- this playspace has it all right down to its own address and mail slot! This compact play space is the perfect space to escape from the hustle and bustle of family life, space designed specifically to spark a child’s imagination.

Ashley’s willingness to open up the space under her stairs had a wonderful payoff for her family. Even if you don’t need a reading nook or compact play space, this project can be amended to create some additional storage in an entryway- perhaps the perfect place to store winter boots or other outdoor seasonal necessities?

(Images: Ashley/From A to Being Creations)

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