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What to do with That Spare Room: 7 Fun and Functional Ideas
If you are lucky enough to have too much space in your home, you may find it difficult to decide what to do with it. Many times, extra rooms end up being a dumping ground for your stuff and once it starts piling up, it becomes more and more difficult to transform or clean it up. Don’t let that happen to you! A spare room, basement, or attic space can become the perfect getaway. For those long days when all you want to do is relax in a comforting and cozy place, here are a few ideas to make your extra space exactly what you wanted, whether you knew it or not.
If you live with family, then you know how difficult it is to make everyone happy in front of the TV. Your teenager wants to watch MTV. Someone else wants to watch the football game. Make that spare room into a second den or media room so you can sneak away to binge a few episodes of your favorite show. Or, send the kids in to play video games while you get some stuff done around the house. This option is great because everyone in the house can benefit from it.
Are you a bibliophile? Do you prefer the feel and smell of book pages over an e-reader? If you were in envy of that amazing library from Beauty and the Beast, then perhaps you should consider creating your own (perhaps a bit less extravagant, though). There is nothing more relaxing than laying down with a good book. The kids could definitely benefit from this room too! In fact, studies have shown that having a home library of at least 80 books boosts literacy and numeracy in growing children.
This option doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? Having a home office, especially if you have the option to work from home or you are in school, could be of great benefit to you. You can close the door and prevent distractions! This room could even be a fun and inspiring escape for you if you are a writer, designer, or other creative type. A home office can be pretty versatile in that you can customize it to suit your needs.
Arts and Crafts Room
Art is proven to reduce stress and create a calming effect, whether you are good at it or not. If you are a crafter or just love to paint and draw, perhaps creating a personal art room is the right choice for you. This is especially nice if no one else in the house is interested in the hobby. That way, it is truly your own. If you have young children in the house though, this room can also be transformed into an educational art room for them.
If you are someone who loves to entertain and welcomes everyone into your home, having a guest bedroom is of course, a great option. It can be multi-beneficial also! The best thing about a guest room is that even after the guests leave, you still have a clean, functioning bedroom to escape to whenever you need it. Make it a game room or take a break with a book in there. You will always have room for an unexpected guest, but in the meantime, it continues to be functional.
Having a home gym is certainly a privilege not all of us have. If you have the means and money to spend, setting up a home gym could be a great option. There are no people surrounding you like they would at a public gym, you don’t have to worry about making time to get there and back, and best of all, there are no membership fees! Even if you don’t have the ability to buy heavy workout equipment, this room can be filled with smaller workout items and even a TV for tutorial videos.
We saved the best spare room idea for last: a walk-in closet! If you are low on closet space, or even if you aren’t, having a full room dedicated to your clothes and shoes can feel like pure luxury! So, why not have that luxury if you can afford to? No more digging in the closet and messing up nicely folded clothes in your bureau. Build shelves on the walls in your extra room and bring in some storage cubbies. You could even hire a designer to help you out in making it exactly what you want. This option will save you space in other parts of your home too.
No matter what, having an extra room in the house is totally beneficial, as long as it doesn’t get cluttered. Take our advice and revamp that room! If you are moving to a new home with extra space to redesign, let us help you get there. Our movers are dedicated to moving your household goods in a timely, careful, and professional manner. Contact your local Bekins today to get started on your move!