Secret Reading Room

We used the awkward closet under the stairs for the boys. Sometimes we take the table out and throw in the twin size mattress from the trundle bed. It’s perfectly cozy and feels oh so private when the door is closed.

Did you have a special place to hang with yourself when you were growing up?

This is a repost from April 2008.

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  1. What a special place for a little one. Bet it kind of seems magical to him!

  2. I had a closet as well. It was our toy closet (4 kids) and it was really deep. So my dad added a lamp to one of the shelves and we actually climbed in to play. It was the coolest. :)

  3. When I was a kid we lived in this great old house built in the late 1800’s. My bedroom closet was long and skinny – perfect for playing and hiding. One time I had crawled in there to play and ended up falling asleep. My parents were looking for me and couldn’t find me. They freaked out. But, I was simply sleeping in my closet. :0)

    What cool parents to actually create that kind of space for your boys! You rock!

    • Love that!

      I have a friend who went in her kids room one morning and could NOT find them anywhere. Turns out they climbed up on that shelf in the TOP of their closet and slept there ALL NIGHT!


  4. i LOVE secret places of any kind!! This is a great idea. Wish I had stairs!

  5. No secret rooms here in the house, but I think they have a hiding spot out in the barn. Of course, I’m not quite sure where it is, since it’s a secret after all….

    Happy Monday!

  6. I love this post!
    What a cozy and special little spot. Memories are made of this.

  7. I have such a closet and should so do this for my club building girls! What a sweet idea for them to enjoy! Now, where do I put the stuff that is currently in there???


  8. This post made me chuckle….a secret-private place while growing up…..well let’s see…..I was one of eleven children in a 1,000 square ft house….you tell me! My special place was actually on a stone wall in front of my elementary school. It wasn’t private, but it was lovely! To this day I LOVE stone walls….;-)

  9. When I was a teenager we lived with my Granddaddy in his cute little cabin in the woods. The upstairs bedrooms had slanted ceilings (is that what you call them? Slanted? : ) ) and I always felt like my room WAS my hideaway the way it was built. I miss it!

  10. I used to love to hang out under my bed. I had all these little Barbie’s stuff, I mean all of it, bed, closet, car, kitchen… under the bed, just like a little Barbie home under there. Used to be so much fun!

  11. We lived in an old house when I was growing up and my brother’s closet was a walk in with a built in seat in it. We used to play in there for hours. Our favorite game was library. I really wish we had a space like that for our kids. We only have a few really small closets are filled with crap. I mean Stuff.

    :) Michelle

  12. My kids are all about nooks and hidey-holes, so we have a few around the house. Their favorite is the closet under the stairs. : )

  13. Sounds like the perfect place to read Harry Potter! (Especially the first book…where he lives under the stairs!)

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  15. I recall have piles and piles of books on my bed. I had a double and then a queen so the one side was always full of something.

    I’m loving that little nook. I am planning on something like that, a nice quiet space with calm lighting. The curtain and bulliton board are great. I’ll be adding that to my inspiration book. :)

  16. No. When you’re the last of five, there is no privacy. Ever. :)
    But I love the idea of that little room!

  17. I used to drag everything out of my closet and sleep in there. Also would spend hours in the laundry room doodling on the chalkboard. With two acres to roam, a pony and whatnot….you wouldn’t think I would…but I still like to steal away! Good on you for giving that to your kids.

  18. Love it! Ooooo, and can you show us how you did the cute little fringe on the curtain. So cute!

  19. I used to lay under my stepdad’s pool table. It was dark under there and I remember laying on my back and lifting my feet up and flat footing the underside of the pool table. I thought it was cool that he would have his friends over and they would play pool and jam out to records like Blondies “Call Me” and not care that I was under there. I think they never noticed. AH memories. Your son will remember that little space.

  20. We live in a Cape Cod, so there is great hidden space behind the walls of our upstairs bedrooms. We have been wanting to create a special place in our daughter’s bedroom using these unfinished nooks in our house, but have yet to get around to it! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  22. Unfortunately, I never had any space to myself when I was growing up. I smile to remember, but there were eight of us in a three bedroom house. There was never space for personal anything. It was fun though, I certainly don’t regret it.
    Hugs, Cindy S

  23. We had the coolest cedar closet in my house when I was young. The absolute most fabulous and best to hang out with a book on a lazy winter afternoon.

  24. Jennifer S. in Good 'Ole Texas says:

    I think this is now my favorite space that you have shown in your home! I adore it and the “magic” I am sure it brings to your boys. These are the things that they will remember forever and all the dreaming they did in there. =)

  25. I posted a link to your blog on mine, because I tried to hang some plates on the wall in my tiny family room, but I am not sure if I like the result… I love your blog! Since Norway has so few people houses tend to be so similar, you are refreshing different to what I see around here :)

  26. This is precious! I had a small space in my bedroom growing up, it was sort of a crawlspace. I remember putting small treasures in there and some pillows to make a hideout. Such great memories!

  27. I love that idea. I’m just now teaching my daughter “room time” so she can be comfortable by herself and entertain herself. Because that’s when God talks to you, ya know?

  28. Now that is some great use of space!! Looks like a well loved spot…Janell

  29. This closet reminds me of the one Jean is always cleaning out in AS Time Goes By! I always felt envious during those scenes!

    What a grand place for your boys to BE!

    Yes, growing up we had cubby holes all along our walls in our cape cod. One door and the space ran the entire length of the house. It was a magical place. Also, there was a cubby hole in our bathroom too. I spent a lot of time in there with my little lamp, writing poetry!!!

    Today, no such luck for our boys inside. However, outside there is an old pine whose branches hang down. They are frequently out there. My husband slept with them out there during the winter, in sleep bags! It was the talk of the town!! LOL!!

  30. We have this fun storage space at the top of our stairs that has a slanted ceiling (that goes with the roof line) – we want to finish it off and make it a play room!

  31. I remember the “jungle island” in our backyard (one of the many homes I lived in). Imagine the entire backyard of grass except for a spot in the corner that held two large trees and a different overgrown type of grass. Just like a jungle. I spent many hours hanging out in that tree.

  32. No, I didn’t but this would make a terrific little work space for me.

  33. I had not thought about my hideaway places in a long time. We had a treehouse with a small 2nd story area that we called the “crow’s nest”. I liked to slip up there to read. I also would slip down behind the side of the bed that was against the wall to read. As long as I was out of sight, no one would put me to work! haha

  34. I had a space just like that too, under the steps that led into the basement. Mom put a bookshelf in there and I had a lamp to read by. In warmer weather I would go into my “fort” which was our old chicken feed shed. After we were done with farming, my Mom & Dad cleaned it out and put in carpet and wallpaper so I could use it for sleepovers or just to hang out in. I wish someone had taken a picture of it, it was the best!

  35. I still want one of these secret spots!

  36. i love secret reading rooms!

  37. My son has a lofted bed and I recently blocked it almost completely off so he would have a secret hiding place. He loves it!

    I remember as a kid rearranging my furnature over and over to create secret places I could hide and read.

  38. What a special little hidey hole!

  39. camille says:

    I love it! It reminds me of the book “Evan’s Corner.” I need one of those little places to hang with myself!

  40. When I was a kid we lived on a farm and one ot the outbuildings (a huge old two car garage) was overspread by an old cherry tree. In the summer, I would climb up onto the roof and sit in the shade of that old cherry tree. It was my special place as my two younger sisters could not climb up onto the roof. Sometimes you just need to get away!

  41. Beautiful and fun! Thank you for sharing. Maybe I will change my hall closet to something more fun for the kids! Inspiring!

  42. I have one of these…closets under the stairs. It is also a coat closet. Think’n of setting it up for a indoor play area for my grandsons for this summer when they are together. I know they will squeel when they discover it. Guess I’d better get moving on it. Summer will be here before I know it.

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