Stepmother transforms her tiny closet into a luxurious bedroom

Woman transforms tiny closet at her one-bedroom flat into a luxurious Friends and unicorn-themed bedroom for her stepdaughter – for less than £500

  • Sophie Purvis, 31, and Joshua Cooper, 27, live in Peterborough in a one-bed flat
  • Couple often have Joshua’s nine-year-old daughter Isabella to stay on weekends
  • But Isabella is usually forced to sleep on an airbed in the lounge during her visits
  • Now, the pair have transformed a storage cupboard into a luxurious bedroom 

A savvy stepmother has transformed a tiny closet, once used for coats and shoes, into a spacious and luxurious bedroom for her stepdaughter – all for less than £500.

Sophie Purvis, 31, and her partner Joshua Cooper, 27, were stuck for ideas when figuring out what to use the small storage cupboard for in their one-bedroom flat in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

But as Joshua’s nine-year-old daughter Isabella is usually forced to sleep on an airbed in the lounge when she comes to stay every other weekend, they decided to turn the 1m by 2.25m square space into her own bedroom.

With help from a carpenter to make a bunk bed frame, the closet was transformed into a comfy two-storey room for Isabella, complete with a unicorn theme on the top and a Friends look on the bottom and costing just £488 in total.


A savvy stepmother has transformed a tiny closet (pictured left), once used for coats and shoes, into a spacious and luxurious bedroom (right) for her stepdaughter – all for less than £500

Sophie Purvis, 31, and her partner Joshua Cooper (pictured together with his daughter Isabella), 27, were stuck for ideas when figuring out what to use the small storage cupboard for in their one-bedroom flat in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

The couple revealed the little but lovely bedroom to Isabella on her birthday, and took an adorable video of her excited reaction.

Part sales specialist Sophie said: ‘Isabella stays every other week at the weekends, and she slept on an airbed before.

‘But we noticed that she often wanted five minutes to herself to relax on her own for a while so we thought that we needed to create a space of her own in the flat.

‘We have a weird-sized cupboard near the front door of the flat which everyone says is really big, I used to have a little nail bar in there and thought it was a good space.


But as Joshua’s nine-year-old daughter Isabella is usually forced to sleep on an airbed in the lounge when she comes to stay every other weekend, they decided to turn the 1m by 2.25m square space into her own bedroom. Pictured: Her bed being built

With help from a carpenter to make a bunk bed frame, the closet was transformed into a comfy two-storey room (pictured) for Isabella

It was complete with an adorable unicorn theme on the top (pictured) and cost £488 in total for all the decorations, bed and mattress

‘It then became a dumping area for coats, shoes, presents and wrapping paper – everything we didn’t need at that moment in time went in there.

‘I got some inspiration from Instagram from seeing a picture of a cabin bed with a seating area underneath, and I thought we could maximise the use of the cupboard space by creating a similar style room for Isabella.’

She added: ‘My partner is friends with a carpenter so we showed him the idea for the bed frame and went from there – he took about two days and the bed appeared out of nowhere!

‘We stayed up long hours painting the ceiling and walls, roping some of our friends in with a paintbrush and asked Isabella what she wanted the theme to be.

Underneath Isabella’s bed, the space was transformed into a Friends themed paradise – complete with themed cushions, blankets and even mugs (above)

The youngster’s room also boasted a Friends themed mirror, poster and jars, as well as a chic pencil case (above)

Highways maintenance worker Joshua and Sophie worked in between their busy jobs to create the little room (pictured) for Isabella

‘She couldn’t decide between her two favourite things – the TV programme Friends and unicorns – so we went for Friends at the bottom and unicorns on the top.

‘We did a big reveal on her birthday last month and she couldn’t believe it, she kept telling us it was her dream bedroom and we were so pleased, it was more than we could ever imagine.’

Highways maintenance worker Joshua and Sophie worked in between their busy jobs to create the little room for Isabella, repainting the walls and fixing the shelves and other decorations.

They also took the door off the room and replaced it with a curtain, so that it was easy for her to get up the ladder to her bed.

The couple also took the door off the room and replaced it with a curtain, so that it was easy for the youngster to get up the ladder to her bed (pictured)


Sophie managed to cop some decorative bargains, including a £2 Friends cushion from Wish (seen right). Pictured left: The room before its transformation

Between working, Sophie and Joshua repainted the walls and fixed the shelves and other decorations (above)

Sophie managed to cop some decorative bargains, including a £2 Friends cushion from Wish, three unicorn pots from Asda at £1.75 each, spotty wall stickers from eBay at £2.99 and a £5 second-hand guitar from Facebook Marketplace, inspired by Friends character Phoebe.

Other budget friendly themed room decorations are from Primark such as the fluffy throws, pillows and bedding, which all came to £41.

For storage, Sophie bought three boxes of shelves from B&M for £7.99, a £24.99 sideboard with £7.50 storage boxes from Argos and wardrobe frames for £6.30 on eBay.


The couple revealed the little but lovely bedroom to Isabella on her birthday (pictured), and took an adorable video of her excited reaction

Isabella even helped decorate her room. Pictured: The youngster places stickers on her newly painted walls in her bedroom


Overall, after starting in December, the family (pictured) took three months to complete the amazing transformation, and spent around £488

They had to spend a little more for a custom mattress, which was £120, for the custom bed, which with materials and labour came to £250.

Overall, after starting in December, they took three months to complete the amazing transformation, and spent around £488.

Sophie posted her savvy idea on Facebook, where it racked up thousands of likes, inspiring lots of people online.

Other budget friendly themed room decorations (pictured) are from Primark such as the fluffy throws, pillows and bedding, which all came to £41

Sophie’s storage cupboard before the bedroom transformation. It was used to hold shoes and coats for the family

She added: ‘The reaction on Facebook was really nice, everyone was saying how lovely it is and how well we’ve managed to utilise the space.

‘There were some negative comments with people saying it gave them Harry Potter ‘cupboard under the stairs’ vibes but Isabella’s happy and that’s all that matters to us – the bed is so secure and we can even fit up there as adults.

‘At first it didn’t look like we’d be able to do it but it’s such a good space and we can’t believe the outcome.

‘We want to move into a house eventually and have a child ourselves so I think we will end up being a lot more creative again.’

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