Indoor Playhouse DIY Project

One of the quirky things I love about this house is that its full of random nooks/alcoves. At first sight they’re not the most glamorous thing in the world, but there’s so much potential in these little spots. Today I am sharing how we transformed an empty alcove into an indoor playhouse in our basement.

Indoor Playhouse Project

Here’s the empty space before. Definitely not attractive.


Despite their lack of appeal, I see these little awkward spaces as a chance to be creative. With this one, I wanted to make this something special for our kiddos. I kicked around several ideas–should we add shelves and make it a little library? Maybe throw a table in for tea parties? What about a tipi and make it like a little hut?

Nothing seemed good enough. So of course I sought out the help of Pinterest, as all humans do. After hours of searching, I finally found the idea of building an indoor playhouse. Ah-ha! Perfect use of the space.

Thankfully, my father-in-law is amazing when it comes to woodworking. So naturally, I sent him a photo of what I wanted, all the measurements, and begged for his help. He obliged. He’s a gem like that. And this is what he, and my mother-in-law, came up with:

Little Vintage Nest Indoor Playhouse

Amazing, right? Basically the idea was to build the face of the indoor playhouse and screw it over the nook.



And a dream come true for my kids. And me, because let’s face it–I love playing in this just as much as they do.

Indoor Playhouse Tutorial Little Vintage Nest

We left it with the natural wood for a few weeks, but I couldn’t shake the idea of sprucing it up a bit. So I painted it and added curtains.

Just because every house needs a little curb appeal.

Indoor Playhouse DIY Litte Vintage Nest

Looking for more playhouse inspiration? Check this out!

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  1. 12.22.15
    Pam said:

    That is the cutest idea I have ever seen! What a creative way to use wasted space and make such a special space for your kids!

    • 1.15.16
      Sarah said:

      Thank you!!

  2. 1.29.16

    Good info. Lucky me I reach on your website by accident, I bookmarked it.

  3. 3.29.16

    That’s awesome. Great job! Sadly, I’m not good about woodworking

  4. 4.26.16

    Love the inspiration! These are incredible! I wish I was a kid 🙂

    • 4.27.16
      Sarah said:

      Thanks so much!

  5. 8.10.16

    Keep on working, great job!