Who says you need a lot of space to have fun? Sometimes, the smallest areas can inspire the best (and biggest) memories. From closets-turned-playrooms to hidden reading nooks, check out 12 of our favorite little spaces that make tons of room for play.

Stairway Nook

OK, so the fact that these stairs are pretty to look at doesn’t hurt, but still—Elena Del Bucchia created one seriously cool play nook for kids. The pops of color and oversized green lamp give a fun and playful feel, while the cushions on the floor and tucked away play kitchen make the space seem cozy and inviting.

photo: Martin Tessler for Elena Del Bucchia Design

Where do your kids play? Share your ideas with us in the comments below. 

— Nicole Fabian-Weber