“Oh, Spare Me!” – Ideas For That Empty Room
If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room in your home, you may already have a million ideas of what to do with it. A spare room is a luxury in a house where space has been, shall we say, limited. Whether your lifestyle has changed, or someone has flown the nest, you might not even know where to begin to get your room into shape. Let’s have a look at the practicalities first. If you’ve got a revolving door of people coming back and forth, you may want to make it a guest room, and just have a bed and a chair as well as a mirror so your guest can have their own space. You could make the most of the couch surfing websites in this way and make a bit of money from your spare room! But if you aren’t the nesting type, and you’ve got a house to yourself, the options are endless! Here’s what I recommend when people ask me what sort of room to create.
A Culture Room
If you love reading and generally being creative, but didn’t have the time to do it before, you could turn the room into a place where all your books can live, and make it a place where you can just chill with a book and not think about the world for a while. Decorate it with bookshelves and even put your TV in there, so it becomes the place where you do all your learning. If you are fed up of your family congregating in the living room and not talking to each other while they stare at the TV, then make the spare room a place where the TVs and DVDs go. If space is limited, then don’t place furniture in there, just place some bean bags down. You can find some bean bags online at ComfySacks.com that are comfy. But if you want to bring the focus back to the living room for things like family time, the spare room is handy because it’s generally not big enough for everyone to stay in, so they will naturally congregate to the living room or the dining room.
A Home Office
If you, like many millions of other people, are now taking the leap and are working at home, you need a proper space to do your work. There is nothing worse than having to work with your laptop on your lap, sat on the couch in the living room, or at the dining table while everybody goes back and forth, distracting you from doing your job. A spare room is very easily converted into an office because if you have a small space, the setup is perfect for a small desk and a chair. You can make the space inherently yours, and set the place up to your working style. Many people like to be inspired and have colors and posters everywhere, and others want their office to be drab so they can focus on the task at hand. It’s simple, but if you have joined the ranks of the self-employed, this is a perfectly good use.