So, you have an empty room staring you in the face? Maybe your kids are off to college or you’re a newlywed who just moved into your first house. A spare room is a luxury not to be squandered. It’s the perfect opportunity to create the space you’ve always dreamed of. Two questions to ask yourself: what do you need? And, what do you want? This room can become your private sanctuary to cultivate a hobby or a social space that’s the life of the party. The possibilities are endless—here are some ideas to get started.
Keep it minimalistic with a yoga room. All you need are mats or comfy pillows, and this can be your quiet place to practice meditation, relax, and clear your head. Light, soothing paint colors are best, and a little greenery can improve the feng shui. You can even add a massage table or exercise equipment to make the room as versatile as you want.
Escape from the hustle and bustle of life and immerse yourself into a world of books. No more cramming your book collection into boxes and corners. Let your books breathe in their own private library/reading room. Think floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a comfy armchair, and the perfect reading lamp. Maybe even a fireplace? Get creative with decorating. Model it after the Hogwarts library if that suits your fancy. This space is your chance to turn fantasy into reality.
More than a bar, this room can become the hub of activity on Game Day. Fit it with a big screen TV and your favorite team’s gear to make it your sports sanctuary. Throw in a card table if you want to host Poker Night. Deck it out with a pool table, pinball machine, or dartboards to take the fun to a new level. And of course, stock up the bar with all your favorite drinks and snacks. All of a sudden, your spare room transforms into the place to be.
Think of the spare room as a blank canvas. Let your imagination run wild as you transform that space into a haven of artistic creation. No matter your medium of choice, you can set up your studio with all the art supplies you need—a pottery wheel, clay, easel, brushes, canvases. Make sure you have plenty of storage space and a sink to cleanup. This is perfect for a room with a lot of windows and natural light.
Dust off your old instruments and get the band back together. Turn this room into the practice space you always wanted. Fill it up with all the amps, stands, and equipment you need to rock out. Have fun decorating with your favorite band’s merch and create a memorial to your music idols. Just be sure to include a heavy rug, drapes, or soundproof drywall so you don’t wake the neighbors.
A spare room is a golden opportunity to take your home from prefab into fabulous. Get creative with paint colors, decorations, and furniture to craft the space you’ve always wanted.