Playhouses Built Under Staircases

Under Stairs Playhouse Ideas

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When we think of a playhouse, we think of physical structures built in the backyard or a store-bought indoor/outdoor playhouse.

It’s wise to use as much of a home’s square footage as possible. For example, an under stairs playhouse is perfect for adding an indoor playroom for the kids.

Typically the space below a staircase is unused and closed off. However, you can maximize this space in several ways: an extra closet, a storage area, a doghouse, and of course, a playhouse.

If opening up the area underneath the stairs isn’t doable, the design below uses the wall nearest it.

 Three Benefits of Having a Playhouse in the Home

  1. You’re Adding Value to Your Home

Added value items are loosely referred to as ‘perks.’ Separating your home from others in your area is one of the best things you can do to add value. When it’s time to sell, your home should have fairly neutral décor. However, adding perks may quicken your selling time and possibly increase the price. Some not-so-common perks are feature walls, unique staircases, playrooms, and dog washing stations. It’s usually a culmination of small things that buyers find appealing. For example, a built-in playhouse is a stand-out addition that buyers could immediately appreciate.

2. It’s An Indoor Play Area, Especially Useful During Bad Weather Days

Kids certainly need their outdoor playtime; however, bad weather days prevent it. With a creative playhouse, the kids can keep themselves entertained. Better yet, when their friends come over, it’s a fun area for all of them.

3. Keep the Kids off the Electronics with Imaginative Play

With digital devices stealing our children’s attention, encouraging imaginative play can be challenging. With an under the stairs playhouse, the kids have a large and exciting area to help them expand those neurons. According to Scholastics, imaginative play encourages a child’s language, emotional, physical, and social development.

Get a Custom Designed Under Stairs Playhouse

The designers featured here offer creative playhouses uniquely created for their clients. The design possibilities are endless. If your staircase doesn’t have enough room for an adequate playhouse, you could also build it further out from the stairs. Add rooflines, window boxes, half-doors, porch lights, and more. Inside build a child’s kitchen or living area with seating and table and chairs. Your imagination only limits you, but that’s where a qualified designer comes in!

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3 thoughts on “Under Stairs Playhouse Ideas”

  1. Barbara, these look amazing! What a terrific way to make good use of that unused space under the stairs. These designers really know how to make a play space for kids that looks great on the outside, too!


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