It’s a mixed blessing having a spare room in your home. You think of how pleasant it is to have the extra space, swear that you’re going to use it, and then end up just filling it with a few odds and ends, letting it be taken over by dust and spiders in the process. Reclaim your spare room and make the most of it with these design ideas.
If you’re artistically inclined, then a home art studio could be the solution as to what to do with that spare room. The solitude of such a room is perfect for helping those creative juices flow, although a room with a spectacular view would also go a long way to inspiring you.
If you’ve got older children, or a few teenagers around the house, creating a space just for them can work wonders. There will be no games consoles waiting to trip people up, no friends sitting awkwardly with family members in the living room, and, with a sofa bed added, a hangout room is ideal for when your children’s friends want to stay the night.
Many older homes have a ‘box room’, which were originally designed to store trunks and boxes. They can often feel too small to do anything useful with but, with careful planning, they can be made into functional spaces. They’re perfect for storing clothes and shoes, giving you more space within your bedroom.
For those who love to entertain, a spare room will first and foremost be a guestroom. With a few careful touches, even the smallest of rooms can be made into a tasteful and spacious bedroom; a light colour scheme, plenty of mirrors, and a sofa bed will together make the room feel much bigger.
A quiet space to escape from the pressures of everyday life – what a pleasant treat to have in your home! Use this space to clear your head, but keep it free of clutter and intrusive technology.
If your book collection is taking up far too much room throughout the house, why not create your very own library? With carefully designed book shelves, a comfortable chair or two, and your own organisational system arranged around your favourite genres and authors, you’ll have a reading room fit for a king. Plan your surface and wall lighting in advance, though, so that you can read at any time of day or night.
Along with a guest bedroom, this is one of the more common uses for spare rooms. Usually, little effort goes into designing a home office, other than where to put the desk and chair, but with some thought and flare, it can be turned into more than just a utilitarian space.
For the consummate host, who enjoys holding dinner parties for friends, families, and work colleagues, dedicating a space designed solely around creating the perfect party is a must. With elegant seating, discrete refrigerator and ice maker, and a sound system, you’ll be the toast of the town.
Musical instruments can take up a lot of room – not only in terms of physical space but also in the way music can take over parts of your life. Why not create a space dedicated to your love of music? Add some soundproofing, put in top quality amps, storage space for sheet music, records, and instruments, and play to your hearts content.
For true film fans, a home cinema is a must. A large television screen mounted on the wall and comfortable seats are all you really need to hold your own film nights, but you can go all out with a large spare room, adding your own projector, a screen, and reclining leather seats.