Maybe you just moved to a bigger house, or maybe some of your children have flown the nest and you’ve decided that you want to do something with the room that used to be theirs. You may be tired of having a guest room that barely sees guests, and you want to do something different. Whatever the case, the situation is clear: You have a spare room and you don’t know what to do with it.
In today’s post we are going to give you several tips to convert that extra room into the space you need.
We start with the obvious: The first option of many people with a room in disuse is to convert it into a guest room, and if you usually have visitors who stay at night, there’s no greater comfort than having a room completely prepared for them. You just have to put a bed, a wardrobe, and maybe a bedside table or a desk, if you have space.
Even if you don’t have regular visits, you can rent the room to get some extra money, either as a vacation or long term rental. In this case, make sure the decoration is more or less neutral and reminds people of a hotel, since this will ensure that far more people become interested in your room.
If you’re a creative person, either because you like to draw, read, write, music, sew, or any other hobby, why not use your extra room to make a space for your hobbies?
For a reading place, for example, cover the walls in shelving and make sure there are comfortable armchairs and couches, as well as good lighting so that people can read at any time.
If your passion is music, try to make sure that the room is more or less soundproof so as to avoid problems with the neighbours. Use a thick carpet and upholstered furniture to absorb the sound, and if you can, have some work done on the walls.
For arts and crafts, the most important thing is to have a work table suitable for your hobby and good lighting to see what you are doing. In this case, the carpets are going to be your worst enemy; try to make sure the floor is easy to clean, so you can sweep the remains of your work and mop the floors if there’s an accident.
Even if you don’t work at home, having an office can be useful to anyone. It can be a space to handle the day-to-day paperwork, a place for the little ones to do their homework and study, and if you have any personal projects, a place to work on them.
To have the perfect office, make sure you have a desk and a comfortable chair, as well as many drawers and cupboards to have all your papers sorted. Having shelves with books to consult and folders, as well as office supplies, will save you many headaches.
The game room can take many forms, depending on your hobbies and whether you have children or not.
If you have children, giving them a place for them to play and relax can be a good idea, especially if you take the opportunity to instil in them that this room is their responsibility, and that they should always keep it tidy if they want to use it.
If you don’t have children, or you have them, but you want to keep the room for yourself, there are many options to take advantage of it. You can add a table football, billiards or even a ping pong table, darts and board games, to spend quiet evenings at home with friends. If you prefer videogames, you can set up your own place to play, with consoles, shelves for games, and a large screen to enjoy.
Or maybe your idea of entertainment is to watch chapter after chapter on Netflix, and you prefer to turn that room into a small home theatre, with huge speakers, very comfortable chairs and, of course, a very large television. You can even add a popcorn machine for a complete experience.
Do you want to get in shape, but the gym is far away, or don’t want to pay a subscription? Use your extra room to create a home gym.
You don’t need to buy expensive machines; with a few mats, some weights, and maybe a stationary bike or a treadmill, you can get things started. It all depends on the type of exercise you prefer, and the amount you want to spend on equipment.
To decorate it, we recommend a full body mirror to look more like a gym, and so you can see your progress every day.