If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, transforming it into something new and exciting may well be top of your list of decorating jobs. Too many of us use that room to store the clutter we’ve collected over the years rather than developing a space that is practical and useful.
Here are just a few ideas for transforming your spare room into a brilliantly useful space.
5 Practical Uses for a Spare Bedroom
Design a Dressing Room
If you have limited space in your bedroom, one option is to move your apparel into the spare room. Creating a dressing room not only declutters and improves your own sleeping space but provides a personal area where getting ready for a big night out becomes an event in itself.
There are plenty of storage ideas including elegant dressing tables, shelving, built-in wardrobes and beautiful boxes that can all be utilised to create the perfect dressing room. Don’t forget to include a large wall mirror, of course, so you can check everything is just so. There are plenty of companies that can design your ideal Dressing Room, or a little research online can give you some great ideas, check out Homify for some inspiration.
Create a Home Office
Using the spare bedroom as a home office is becoming more and more popular. The setup is quite simple if you want a basic area – all you need is a desk, chair and some shelving. There is, however, so much you can do to develop a great office space that you’ll really want to give this new workspace some thought. With many of us studying, working from home or building our own small businesses, the spare room is the perfect location for an office.
The Man Cave
The man (or indeed woman) cave has also become popular in recent times. This is a space where you can get together with friends and relax, either watch football and have a few drinks or sit around and shoot the breeze.
You’ll need some comfortable seating, probably a TV and music set up and maybe a small fridge for all those beers or bottles of wine. Much will depend on the amount of space your spare room has – you certainly don’t want to be squeezed together if you’re with a group of guys watching the big match.
Children’s Play Room
Children’s toys can quickly take over the whole household, if you are fortunate to have a spare room then an ideal solution could be to look at the spare room as an outlet for the little ones. Turning this area into a play room not only helps you keep all the toys and glorious mayhem in one place, it also provides a contained place for the children to do their thing. With plenty of ways to add storage and create vibrant colour schemes, there’s no limits to what you can achieve when you decide to design a children’s play room. Tip: when it comes to the flooring a hard-wearing carpet may be best or hard flooring. You will need something tough and easy to clean. These bright vinyl and rubber flooring from Harvey Maria may be just the job!
A Craft and Hobby Room
There’s plenty of evidence that getting into arts and crafts is good for us, we all need some downtime. Converting your spare room to a hobby space will give you plenty of opportunity to get some “me time”. The key factor for some hobbies is light – if you’re setting up an art studio or want to start a cottage crafts business, you’ll need plenty of natural light.
Whatever you decide to do with your spare room, have fun and make it uniquely yours!