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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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Monday 11th of May 2015

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

Small Space Décor Inspiration - Closets Turned Playroom | Petite Lemon Blog

Wednesday 25th of March 2015

[…] Smart usage of storage space turns this under the stairs storage space into an ideal spot for reading, creating or just chilling out.  Either the Design for Minikind personalized growth chart in yellow or black would work well with the colorfully Bohemian décor and could be hung on the striped wall. (Project Nursery) […]


Tuesday 17th of March 2015

This is adorable, Rebecca! What paint color did you use for your stripes? love It.

Small Play Spaces for Big Imaginations

Tuesday 10th of March 2015

[…] No Parents Allowed It’s already one of their favorite hiding places, so why not transform your walk-in closet into a secret clubhouse, like Rebecca Propes of Petite Party Studio did for her kids. The horizontal stripes in vibrant teal make this windowless spot feel happy and bright, while the built-in shelves, chalk board, and desk add functionality to the space. There’s lots more to see over at Project Nursery. […]