A resourceful mother-of-four has transformed her conservatory into an incredible soft play room for her children complete with a ball pit and slide for less than £500.
Sarah Balsdon, 29 and her husband Kyle, completed the renovations in secret before revealing the finished room to their youngest child, Elijah, on his second birthday.
The thrifty pair from Northumberland used foam tiles stuck down with tile adhesive and then attached strips of stripy material to the roof along with fairy lights to create a ‘circus space’.
She used superhero wallpaper to cover the walls and bought the soft play equipment online before filling the ball pit with some second-hand balls.
Sarah Balsdon and her husband Kyle transformed their conservatory into an incredible soft play room for her kids complete with a ball pit and slide
Sarah, a nurse and also mother to nine-year-old Shannon, eight-year-old Lucy and five-year-old Jack, said the whole project cost them less than £500.
How much did the homemade soft play area cost?
Soft play equipment – £300
Material for roof – £80
Fairy lights – £15
Foam tiles for floor – £60
Wallpaper – £10
Balls – £2 (second hand)
She said: ‘We recently moved house and will eventually be extending out the back so didn’t want to spend too much.
‘I wasn’t sure what to do with the space and that’s when I came up with the soft play idea.
‘We have curtains leading out onto the conservatory and we kept them closed so we could surprise Elijah on his birthday.
‘He was so excited and his little face was a picture. The first thing he did was dive in the ball pit and then go down the slide.
‘It’s nice as well because the other children are still at an age where they can enjoy it.
‘It was actually really easy to do and has definitely earned me some mum points.’
Sarah Balsdon completed the renovations in secret, revealing the finished room to their youngest child, Elijah (pictured together), on his second birthday