This is how it looked a couple of days after arriving, the screen and lampshade were removed but more and more things were left in there, one on top of the other, there was nowhere to hang coats... it didn't work for us.
|Obligatory "before" shot|
By early December we really wanted the house to be looking more homely for Christmas, while were looking for much-needed storage for the living room and deciding on some BESTA and EXPEDIT units, husband had the idea of checking whether we could include a EXPEDIT under the stairs. We could! At its highest point the gap is 170 cm tall (5 foot 5 inches), basically I fit under that flat bit really nicely without knocking my head.
Yesterday I tidied up down there, removed a cabinet that we were using for shoes and that I kept meaning to get out of the way as it really was no longer needed so, while at it, took a few photos. READY?? I know you're at the edge of your seat with excitement.
Right, I will admit that the idea of positioning the shelving unit like this was husband's, I would have never thought of dividing the space like this:
|We chose a brown-black Expedit with green inserts|
After tidying up yesterday I had the idea of placing the pop-up house/shop there and it was an immediate hit! We have been spending a lot of time there already (yes, adults included) and LittleT is loving it.
To be honest at first I thought it looked a bit like a school, an old school at that, and I wasn't too sure but now I love it.
|The more practical and functional but less cute houseless version|
The coat hooks have been placed at T's height (with a bit of room for growth), this means that she knows where to go for her coat (or painting apron) and also that she can hang it back up herself (most of the time anyway, she is only two and a half). You may be able to see in the photos that, going up the stairs, we have placed a coat rack for grown-up coats.
|The decals were made by LittleT and me for Valentine's but they're too cute to remove|
|It won't stay this tidy for long|
|Best of all, it's all out of the way|
Total cost: just under £125. The play tent we already had, we got it in the Tesco Clubcard Exchange last summer so basically it was free.
Well? What do you think?