Thrifty mum creates an incredible mini playroom under the stairs spending just £150 at Wilko – The Sun

IT seems under-stairs playrooms are becoming the latest trend for kids after another mum created an incredible play area for her daughter.

Sophie Griffiths, 29, explained she created the den for just £150, sourcing paint from B&Q, as well as wallpaper and artificial flowers from Wilko.

The administrator from Newport, South Wales, worked with her dad to create the adorable play area for two-year-old Daisy, explaining she wanted to create a child-friendly area for her little one.

"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

“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.

"As the stairs is situated in our living and dining room, I saw the perfect opportunity to use the space underneath.”

Sophie explained how she used social media, including Pinterest, to source inspiration for the playroom.

“I used Pinterest and Google to search 'under stairs toy storage’,” says 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, we spent roughly £150 creating the playhouse and it couldn't be more perfect.

"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 Sophie and her DIY expert dad have even revealed what you'll need to recreate the look yourself.

According to the pair, you’ll need a saw, drill, sander, hammer, screwdrivers and a paintbrush, as well as plain timber for the frame and plywood for the front and the door.

You'll also need skirting board for the door surround, roof, window surround and external house frame, wooden effect wallpaper, paint, screws, nails, hinges and an all-purpose filler.

Sophie says she spent £130 on wood, £5 on flowers, £7 on the wallpaper and £6 on paint.

Tom Church, co-founder of, said: “Maximising every square foot of your home isn’t just a great way to enjoy it, but helps to add value to your house when it comes to selling.

"We love the creativity of this cool design and it just shows you can find space when you need it, whether turning a storage cupboard full of old files into a small desk area or the under-stairs area into an amazing playroom.

"Use tools like Instagram and Pinterest to come up with inspiration and seek out materials from budget brands like Wilko, B&M and B&Q to make it into reality.

"Getting a DIY pro like Sophie’s dad to help is always a plus too!"

It's not the first playhouse under the stairs we've seen this week – we previously told how Scot mum Karen Adamson created one for less than £100 using items from B&Q.

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