Optimize Your Space: 5 Great Ideas for Converting Your Spare Bedroom
If you have a spare bedroom in your home, that can only be a good thing — not only in terms of functionality, but value.
Depending on your lifestyle, you may or may not wish to reserve that space for overnight guests. Regardless of what you choose, a spare bedroom can come in handy for a wide range of activities and functions, even if you opt to furnish it with a daybed that can still accommodate visitors.
Consider these ideas for looking beyond the guest-sleepover function and turning that bonus space into one of your favorite rooms in the house.
- Home office. Already, at least half of all American workers hold jobs offering at least part-time telework. That explains why so many are turning their extra space into complete home offices. To create your own, consider investing in a desk with a standing-work option; bookshelves and/or files for your materials; an ergonomic chair; good lighting; a large monitor and comfortable mouse and keyboard to supplement your laptop; tools that can manage your extra cords and wires; a corkboard or whiteboard for posting memos and ideas; green plants and a few décor items that make the room feel warm and cozy. "Good decor won’t just make your office space feel more inviting, it will also improve productivity,” advises Lina Vashurina on ecwid.com. “When choosing colors, follow color psychology and pick an energy-inducing color, such as shades of yellow, orange and red. Avoid dark, dull colors — they can make you feel less energetic.”
- Walk-in closet. If you’re like many Americans, you probably consider your wardrobe an extension of your personality — and as a result, you may maintain multiple pieces of clothing, accessories and shoes. As such, you may wish to hire a professional who can transform your spare room into a spacious walk-in closet with specific spaces for everything in your collection. Alternatively, you could lay out your own design and build the elements yourself after buying the components from your local home supply store.
- Home cinema center. Now that Netflix and similar options have made home viewing (and binge-watching) such a popular pastime, lots of people are outfitting their abodes with super-comfortable rooms meant solely for that purpose. Consider buying the latest and greatest high-definition TV, the necessary electronics and the squishiest chairs, couches and beanbags you can find, perhaps fitting in a small-scale refrigerator, a well-furnished bar cart, a popcorn machine and other accoutrements.
- Game room. Imagine a room for your video game systems and board games where you need not pack everything away between gaming sessions. Like a cinema center, this room could feature ultra-comfortable seating and a mini fridge, but also house plenty of table space, electronics equipment space and storage space for your games.
- Music center. Finally, you can invest in that keyboard, drum set or recording equipment you’ve always wanted so you can pursue your musical hobby with more passion. Comfortable seating and excellent lighting are paramount to this idea, but you may also wish to install soundproofing for the walls, so you can practice with abandon.
That spare bedroom doesn’t need to sit unused between house guests. Think about how you can optimize it to be a space you can use and enjoy on a regular basis.