Mum turns 'dead space' under stairs into sweet cubby for daughter's birthday using IKEA bargains

A SAVVY mum has revealed how she transformed the “dead space” under her stairs to make a sweet hideaway for her three-year-old daughter’s birthday. 

Erana, 36, from Queensland, Australia, said she achieved the adorable DIY project in just two days with her husband, and it cost just £136. 

Erana shared how she used inexpensive items from purse-friendly shops like Ikea, Kmart and Bunnings Warehouse to bring her vision to life. 

Speaking to Femail, she said: “When we initially purchased the property which is a two bedroom townhouse with limited space, we immediately thought of using the space under the stairs as a cubby because we didn't want Lani's toys taking over our living space.

“The idea of what it would look like was a combination of searching for ideas online and our own creativity.”

Erana said her young daughter was in shock when she saw her cubby hole, and didn’t know what to say. 

Her favourite parts are now the dinosaur lights and the kitchen area, where she “cooks up a storm.”

Erana added: “The interior was created for her birthday recently so she could better utilise the space because at times it became so overcrowded with toys she couldn't actually play in there.”

The talented mum shared photos to the Facebook group Kmart Hacks and Decor, and people were quick to praise her efforts. 

One said: "Omg I want this, maybe [for the] next house.”

Another added: “Oh my gosh!! I love this, what a great idea. I really wish I had stairs now.”

Her post has racked up over 1,600 likes, with comments hailing her work as “so creative” and brilliant”.

Meanwhile, a girl 12, completely transformed her family home for £50 in seven days & she’s a dab hand with the power drill too.

For more amazing home transformations, this DIY fan transformed her tired patio tiles using £7 stencil and it looks amazing.

And this woman made a stunning window seat for just £30 using leftover wood and cot mattress.

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