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Mother creates her very own Narnia for her 12-year-old daughter by turning her wardrobe into a secret door to a concealed hideaway in $400 project

  • Laura Medicus, from Colorado, needed a space for her daughter to store clothes 
  • Instead of just putting the clothes into a wardrobe, she decided to cut a hole in the back and use the furniture as the entrance to a secret room
  • Medicus, 44, spent three weekends and $400 making the fantasy creation
  • Daughter Sylvia loves it so much she has taken her bed inside and sleeps there 

A doting mother has spent $400 creating a Narnia-inspired reading nook for her book-mad daughter.

Laura Medicus, 44, from Colorado, used a hollowed-out wardrobe, a spare room and some inspiration from C.S. Lewis to create the fantastical space. 

Daughter Sylivia, 12, was so pleased with the results that she has now dragged her bed inside and refuses to sleep anywhere else.

Laura Medicus, 44, from Colorado, spent three weekends and $400 transforming a wardrobe and a spare room into a reading nook for daughter Sylvia
Laura Medicus, 44, from Colorado, spent three weekends and $400 transforming a wardrobe and a spare room into a reading nook for daughter Sylvia

Laura Medicus, 44, from Colorado, spent three weekends and $400 transforming a wardrobe and a spare room into a reading nook for daughter Sylvia

Ms Medicus reinforced the wardrobe before cutting a hole in the back (left) and placing it over the entrance to a spare room at the back of Sylvia's bedroom (right)
Ms Medicus reinforced the wardrobe before cutting a hole in the back (left) and placing it over the entrance to a spare room at the back of Sylvia's bedroom (right)

Ms Medicus reinforced the wardrobe before cutting a hole in the back (left) and placing it over the entrance to a spare room at the back of Sylvia's bedroom (right)

Medicus created the fantasy land by reinforcing a regular wardrobe before cutting a hole in the back and placing it over the door to a spare room.

She then fitted the spare room with poles and hooks to hold all of Sylvia's clothes along with a seating area for her to read in, though the seats have now been replaced with Sylvia's bed.

In total, Medicus spent three weekends and $400 on her creation, and admits to being a little jealous that Sylvia has such a great place to go and hide.

She said: 'My daughter needed a closet to store all of her clothes and as soon as I remembered the spare room, Narnia filled my head.

'I thought we might as well make a really cool space out of something that is normally so mundane.

'We had to saw through the back of her wardrobe to make a big enough hole as the entrance to the room.

'The 'spare room' was originally a reading lounge for Sylvia to have some of her own time in there without anyone else around.

'But she loved it so much that she moved her bed in there, and she's slept there every night for the past week now!'

The room is also equipped to hold Sylvia's clothes now that the wardrobe has been hollowed out (left), and she loves it so much she has even taken her bed in there (right)
The room is also equipped to hold Sylvia's clothes now that the wardrobe has been hollowed out (left), and she loves it so much she has even taken her bed in there (right)

The room is also equipped to hold Sylvia's clothes now that the wardrobe has been hollowed out (left), and she loves it so much she has even taken her bed in there (right)

A floor plan of the house showing the layout before Ms Medicus decided to build the Narinia-inspired secret space

A floor plan of the house showing the layout before Ms Medicus decided to build the Narinia-inspired secret space

A floor plan showing the new layout after the wardrobe and secret room were added

A floor plan showing the new layout after the wardrobe and secret room were added

Laura claims that her ingenious creation was very simple to create, and only took a matter of days to complete.

She added: 'We started by positioning the wardrobe in front of the spare room, so that we knew it would lead straight through to Sylvia's own 'Narnia'.

'Then I simply just cut through the back of the wardrobe, and made sure the hole was big enough for her to push her way through it.

'When I started to cut through the wardrobe however, it slowly started to collapse and break so I had to reinforce the backing of it.

'But after that my contraption was complete, and all that was left to do was to design her secret room.'

Despite creating interior spaces for a living, Laura claims that this is the first time she has created a literal walk-in wardrobe.

She said: 'I've always been a massive Narnia fan, I read the books growing up and watched all of the films, and even read the books to Sylvia.

'But this is the first time I thought of making this wardrobe, despite always being inspired by C. S. Lewis in my work.

'Since we've made the wardrobe everyone has wanted to come and see it, and have a go themselves.'

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