Cupboard Under the Stairs Gets Magical Makeover
It’s nearly an entire year since we’ve had to spend significantly more time at home. Several ingenious homeowners have taken this opportunity to redesign their houses, cottages, sheds, bedrooms, or even garages, sometimes on a thrift store budget. While the hero of the Harry Potter books wasn’t very comfortable in his cupboard under the stairs, a little creativity can work wonders in the Muggle world. Here’s the newest remarkable creation: under the stairs from down under.
Donna Campbell, a mother of five from Australia, gave her previously unused storage space under the stairs a makeover. What was once an overlooked cupboard fit for stuffing a dusty vacuum cleaner out of sight is now the perfect “reading and Netflix space” with collectible toys, merchandise, framed pictures, cushions, books, a flat-screen TV, and even a Sorting Hat.
With such limited space in there, cupboards are particularly tough to turn into a truly magical little room that is both functional and enchanting. Campbell shared her work online to enthusiastic feedback from other fans of the wizarding world. She and her family have been collecting Harry Potter merch for years. They finally have the perfect place to put it.
“It was actually my two youngest children who came up with the idea. My husband and I have five children and a five[-]month[-]old granddaughter, and they were all at home with us through each of Melbourne’s three lockdowns,” Campbell shared. As this past year has taught us, even the most loving family members and significant others can benefit from some quality solitude. Campbell’s children now “take turns and retreat there when they needed some alone time.” And it was all made using tools anyone can pick up from a regular Muggle hardware store.
“They were so excited when I finished. They have been bringing in their friends and our neighbours to show them, and it’s the first place they go to when they come home from school,” Campbell said. But the cupboard is not only popular with young ones, she revealed:
I found my 16[-]year[-]old in there late one Saturday night watching Netflix, and I also discovered my 26[-]year[-]old medical student and his 24[-]year[-]old psychology student girlfriend in there cuddled up under blankets and watching Stan! They all love it!
“I’m so happy with it, and I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved with hardly any help from anyone,” Campbell said, and she can indeed be proud of what she has created almost completely on her own. “My daughter’s partner put in the television and carpet for me, but I did everything else myself.”
Well done! The cupboard is absolutely fabulous. If you or your friends have a similar magical DIY project that you would like to show off, do not hesitate to share it with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot get enough of these remarkable designs.