Do you have a room you just don’t know what to do with? Plenty of homeowners have a room seemingly dedicated to storing junk, storage, or extra clothing, instead of a more useful purpose. If this is the case in your home, you might like to consider the possible ways to use a spare room to your advantage.
If you’re looking for extra room ideas, try the following creative ways to make the most of your living space for you and your family:
- Create a study area or office
Finding a quiet place to study away from the noise of the family can be difficult for schoolchildren and university students. Likewise, if you work from home or often bring your work home, you might find that you are able to focus better when you have a designated workspace. Why not create a purpose-built study area to either enhance your kids’ learning or make finding a quiet space easier for you? Depending on the size of your spare room, you might have enough space for an office desk and a couple of full-length bookshelves to store your office essentials and knick-knacks. If not, consider installing a fold-up desk and chair, and focusing instead on making the most of your wall space; you might like to install wall shelves for storage.
- Convert your garage into an extra bedroom or self-contained unit
If your garage is less of a shelter for your car and more of a space to store all of your childhood toys and miscellaneous bits and bobs, you might like to consider converting it into a new bedroom – or even an entire self-contained unit. Converting a garage into a room is one of the most sensible ways to utilise extra space, and if you live in a desirable area, you might even be able to make some serious cash by renting your converted garage out to travellers or long-term tenants. Creating a room out of your garage can be as simple as cleaning and furnishing; how self-sufficient you want to make your new room depends on your budget, abilities and motivation.
Make the most of your extra space and focus on your health and fitness at the same time! Depending on the amount of space you have available for conversion, you might be able to squeeze in a cardio machine as well as all the bells and whistles of a fully-equipped home gym, or you might just introduce a few key pieces of equipment, such as a yoga mat and a few weights. Bring in a television as your finishing touch, and you’ll be fully motivated to work out in your personal gym – especially as you can’t give yourself the excuse of a long commute to avoid exercise!
- Create a reading room
For a relatively low-effort project, consider creating your own home library. As simple as installing a few bookshelves and decorating with cosy furniture and tasteful wall hangings, making your own reading room will give you a quiet place to take refuge in when things get hectic. Ideally, having your own personal library will even motivate you and your family to take a break from screens every once in a while!
If you’ve got the space to work with, simply deciding how to convert an extra room is the first step on your journey to a more efficient home. Converting a spare room can give you an excuse to try new styles and get creative with decorating, and you’re much more likely to appreciate your extra space if it has a worthwhile purpose.
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