BEFORE - There was a door and partition wall here, hard to believe the space was so big once revealed.
For the life of me I cannot find a picture of the hallway before the work started.. Anyway, I despised having to look for something 'under the stairs' I always ended up pulling out everything (it seemed like) bar the item I could find. The space drove me mad. I decided to get it pulled out and create a space which was functional & appealing to the eye. I'd advise anyone thinking of doing it, just to do it!
COMPLETED - Purchased some foam in an upholstery shop, picked fabric and they put it together for me. (cost about 300eur). Paint - Annie Sloan, chalk paint.
To make the area cosy and inviting I added many cushions! Easily replaceable if decor changes.
I needed storage that was easily accessible and there for a purpose. Therefore I got 3 drawers built-in. One is a filing cabinet, 2nd one is random stuff (has to go somewhere!) and the 3rd one is the children's shoes/boots, hats etc.
It completely opened up the hallway, leaving no darkness.
The whole family gets use out of this space, the girls love to sit in here looking at books or I like to take 5mins (hiding) in here.. Its like an extra room in the house.