Beyond the extra bedroom or guestroom, here are five, fun ways to go with a room to spare.
Put it in writing. A library is a welcome addition and great escape. DIY shelving can get your books up where they belong, in a room designed to be free of distractions. Bring in comfortable seating and plenty of lamplight, and oila! The room’s ready for its next chapter.
Great for family nights or the occasional binge-ing opportunity, a home theater is a fan favorite. Just add a bookshelf, or floating shelving along the walls to store DVDs and Blu-Rays. Go with a very big screen or a projector to amp the feel and excitement. And whether you select a sectional for the whole family to share, or leather armchairs for each person, good seating will make movie nights even better.
Because spare rooms are often separated from noisy rooms like the kitchen, they’re the perfect place to get a little work done. A good desk and chair, and plenty of lighting is all you need to turn a bonus room into a catalyst for productivity.
Do your kids leave papers, books, and art supplies all over the house? Then, your spare room could be the perfect designated homework space. Keep it free of distractions like TV and video games. Just bring in a few comfortable chairs and a large work surface. Add stock shelves and bins for paper pads, folders and school supplies. You’ve created the perfect place for the kids to buckle down.
Why not ditch the monthly membership fee and invest in a gym of your own? Just look for some free weights, a treadmill, and a yoga mat. (Include a TV if you want to follow along on some Pilates videos.) It doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive. You can find used gym equipment on Craigslist, other resale sites, or stores like Play It Again Sports, for a fraction of the cost of new. And you’ll have it in shape in no time.