How to transform an under stairs cupboard into a haven for kids


The space under your stairs often becomes a dumping ground for surplus stuff that’s barely used. Got some spare time on your hands and looking for a fun project? It’s easier than you might think to transform an under stairs cupboard into a stylish haven for kids.

With a lick of paint and a little imagination, it only takes a weekend to realise the full potential of what is often just a cluttered storage space.

You can create a snug hideaway for children with a combination of fun, bold colours and some cleverly-applied paint to create interesting geometric shapes with this how-to makeover from Dulux.

If you have a pared-back colour on the staircase or in the hallway, contrast with a whimsical combination like Dulux’s Dusted Fondant, Banana Split and White Cotton on the walls inside the new play room.

A fun palette like this will provide a cheery backdrop that will no doubt encourage learning and creativity.


Once you’ve finished painting, you can decorate the space how you like, with anything from fairy lights to wall hangings.

how to create a cool under the stairs room for the kids

How to create an under-the-stairs room for kids:

Ready to get started? Here we go…

You will need:

  • Sandpaper and cleaning cloth
  • Paint from colour palette
  • Stirring stick
  • Roller and tray
  • Tape measure and pencil
  • String and chalk
  • Masking tape

Follow these steps:

1. Saturday morning

Start by clearing out the space. Use Polycell Polyfilla to fill any cracks or holes in the surfaces you’re painting, then gently sand and clean before leaving to dry. Next, give everything a coat of White Cotton and allow to dry.

2. Saturday afternoon

Mark up your shapes using Dulux’s string-and chalk technique (see video below), then mask off the first shape. Seal the inside edges of the tape by painting over them with White Cotton, allow to dry, and fill in with your first colour.

3. Sunday morning

Remove the tape from the first shape, then mask off the next one and repeat with the second colour.

4. Sunday afternoon

Remove the tape from the second shape, then mask off the final one and repeat with the third colour. Allow to dry, then remove the tape.

Watch this handy video to show you the steps: