Having too much house can be a real problem, but fortunately for you, there are plenty of ingenious ways to take advantage of the spare room in your home. Making the most of every room can help to keep your life and your house free of clutter. Read on to learn more about some of the home furniture ideas that can help to turn your spare room into an often used space.
Idea #1: Home Office Space
A home office can be a valuable tool for almost anyone. Whether you occasionally work from home or you just need a quiet place to pay bills and take care of other paperwork, a home office can help to ensure that you will have everything you need at your fingertips.
Nader’s Furniture stocks several invaluable pieces that will help to make your home office one of the most productive rooms in your house. Consider adding a computer desk, trash can, file cabinet or bookshelf, and, of course, a comfortable office chair. With these staples in place, you will have a convenient spot to store your pens, papers, and other necessities, making it easy to get all your work done in a timely manner.
Idea #2: Guest Bedroom People Will Use
This is one of the most common ways to use a spare room – and for a good reason. If you have frequent overnight guests, it can be a huge time saver to have a guest room ready to go. Add a comfortable bed with clean sheets and blankets, a nightstand, and maybe even a desk or small table and chair. Having a clean and tidy space where your guests can escape will help to make them feel at home away from home. It will also help to decrease your stress. Knowing that the guest room is all ready to go will mean that you have one less thing to worry about when hosting out of town guests.
Idea #3: Library/Reading Room
If you or a family member love to read, consider turning your spare room into a library or reading room. Line the walls with bookshelves and make sure that there are plenty of comfortable spots to sit. Include soft pillows and cozy blankets to make this room a warm, welcoming place.
If you have young readers in your home, think outside the box and add some fun beanbag chairs or even a papasan chair. Pair your seating areas with bright lamps and you will have a cozy spot to curl up with a book any time of day. Keeping all of your family’s books and magazine collections in one room will also have the added bonus of freeing up space in your living room or bedrooms.
Idea #4: Music Room
Anyone who likes to write, play, or record music will quickly acquire a large collection of instruments, music stands, amplifiers, and speakers. Having a designated area to work on music related tasks can help to keep everyone focused, from budding violin players to professional vocalists. Making this change can quickly turn your spare room into one of the most enjoyable rooms in your home.
Another upside to having a designated music room is that you will only need to worry about dampening the sound coming from one room in your home. You can easily add a rug, thick window treatments, and upholstered furniture in order to help absorb some of the sound and keep the reverberations from echoing through your home.
Idea #5: Planting Room
If someone in your family has a green thumb, repurposing your sunroom as a planting room can be a great way to make use of an otherwise underutilized space. Having a room specifically for repotting plants and other gardening tasks will eliminate the need to transport gardening materials to and from a crowded shed, saving time and energy. Your potting soil, empty pots, spades, and garden shears will always be there when you need them.
This works especially well for spaces that previously functioned as a kitchenette or laundry room. If you are able to have a sink in you planting room, this will make it extremely easy to rinse freshly picked fruits and vegetables or make a centerpiece of fresh cut flowers.
Idea #6: Art Studio
A great way to relieve stress and encourage creativity is to include an art studio in your home. A brightly lit room with lots of windows is usually best for this, but any room can be made to work if you have an artistic flare. Even small spaces can be converted into a functional art studio.
Think about including an easel in one corner – preferably near a window – and a storage cabinet for all your art supplies. An old dresser or bookshelf can be another great, affordable storage solution. You might also want to think about replacing the flooring with vinyl or linoleum – something that will make it easy to wipe up the inevitable dust, stains, and spills. This room can easily double as a craft area or sewing room, perfect for putting together Halloween costumes or last minute school projects.
Idea #7: Playroom/Toy Room
If you have young kids in your family, you will know exactly how quickly the clutter can build up. One minute all the toys are put away, and the next minute, your living room floor is covered in legos or bouncy balls. Many families find it easier to have a designated play room or toy room. This can help to decrease stress by eliminating clutter in the main areas of your home. Having a toy room where you can close the door and hide the mess can help to present the illusion that the entire home is neat and tidy. This is especially useful when you have unexpected guests.
Idea #8: Home Gym
If you love the idea of hitting the gym but do not have the time to make a separate trip every time you want to go workout, consider turning your spare room into a home gym. Commuting to the gym can add 30 minute or more to your workout time, but this can easily be eliminated if you have everything you need for a good workout in your home.
You will not need anything extensive – a few free weights, a treadmill or stationary bike, and a yoga mat can get you started without breaking the bank. A mirror on one wall and a TV in the corner can help to bring the “gym” atmosphere into your home. Add a fan to help keep things cool and you will have turned your spare room into the perfect place to get in shape.
Idea #9: Kitchenette
Keeping a few snacks and cold drinks in a kitchenette can be extremely convenient for busy families, especially those with larger houses. This works particularly well for spare rooms that are located in the basement or on the home’s upper floors. Grab a snack between activities or a cold drink to keep you going during a long day.
Idea #10: Game Room
Another great way to repurpose your spare room is to turn it into a game room. Combine a pool table or a poker table with a cozy lounge area and you will be well on your way to hosting a relaxed group of friends or neighbors. You could upgrade the game room by including a built in bar, complete with a mini fridge full of cold drinks and maybe even a wine rack.
Idea #11: Home Theater
If your family loves to sit back, relax, and watch a movie together, a home theater might be the perfect way to put your spare room to use. If you want to go big or go home, you can add in a row of recliners with built in cup holders and a large, flat screen TV. Other, more cost conscious families might opt for an older TV and a well loved sofa, recliner, or a few beanbag chairs. Pair your seating area with blankets, pillows, and popcorn and you will have the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Idea #12: Walk-In Closet
If you are the kind of person that always seems to have more clothes and shoes than closet space, you might love the idea of turning your spare room into a giant walk-in closet. Add a few clothes racks, a vanity table with a mirror, and lots of shelves and drawers. You will soon turn your wasted space into the perfect place to get ready for school, work, or a night out.
Once you have decided on one of these home furnishing ideas, you will need to clear out all the junk in your spare room and replace it with something far more useful. If you need any help repurposing your spare room, do not hesitate to check out our great selection of home furnishings and other household goods online or at Nader’s Furniture.