This Closet-Turned-Playroom is Mom’s Best Kept Secret

My husband and I knew upon moving into our home that we had plenty of space for storage. There’s a decent sized closet under the stairs, and we knew that if it didn’t have a purpose, it would quickly start collecting junk…so we decided to utilize it for our kids. They refer to it as their “clubhouse,” but I like to think of it as a great place where they can make a mess with art projects, sit and read books or just hang out and play.

Turquoise and Yellow Playroom

Because space is limited, I decided on a small, wall-mounted table that could fold down when not in use. Above the table, I created a fun gallery wall that includes a shelf and a place to store crayons. It also features a galvanized metal organizer for the boys to stash loose papers and projects.

Playroom Gallery Wall and Kids Art Space

In the back corner of the closet area, I created a reading nook with a wooden pallet topped with a dog bed for a cushion, and I finished it off with some bright and colorful pillows. Wall-mounted spice racks are great to use as book shelves. This is the perfect little spot to curl up and read some books!

Playroom and Reading Nook

I painted horizontal stripes on the longest wall in the closet to bring in some additional color and pattern.

Playroom with Striped Accent Wall

Playroom Artwork

I wanted the space to function for all three of my boys, and adding the chalkboard wall was a really important element for my toddler. There’s a wire with clips above the chalkboard where the boys can proudly display their artwork. I also added a metal mailbox at the entry to encourage imaginative play.

Playroom Chalkboard and Art Display

Colorful Felt Garland

My kiddos are absolutely smitten with the way the space turned out, and I have a feeling when they’re not using it, you may just find me in there for a little quiet time too!

Turquoise and Yellow Playroom

Thanks for taking a peek into my closet turned kids art studio and reading nook! Do you have a space that you’ve transformed for your kids? I’d love to see it! Upload your photos to our Project Gallery.

Sources: Pencil ArtUS Map & Locker Room ArtWall-Mounted Desk, Shelf Brackets & Art Supply OrganizerPillows & CushionArt Prints, Chalkboard (DIY)


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    Hi Nicole! The Dog bed cushion is from Homegoods and the chalkboard was a DIY project. I painted the the wall with chalk paint and then framed it out with a ledge from IKEA and 1″ x 2″ trim.

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    I love absolutely everything about this!!!!
    I would also hang out in their when the boys were away

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    Love this! Could you share the paint color you used for the stripes? I think this would be perfect for my game room! Thanks!

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