Spare rooms are a great selling point for homes and they are a fantastic way to show off a fun design style. The possibilities are endless and it doesn’t take much to make a spare room into a brand new space. If you have a spare room that needs a theme then have a look at some of these great ideas to give you some spare room inspiration.
Give yourself a game room
Game rooms used to mean dusty chessboard and old backgammon tables but it has taken on a whole new meaning in the last few years. Video games and PC gaming have become huge outlets for some people and turning your spare room into a gaming room is a great way to give yourself your own private arcade. Outfit it with some cool lights, a mini-fridge for snacks and all of your gaming equipment to give yourself the private gaming experience you’ve been waiting for.
Open it up for an office
Working from home has become the new normal for so many people and it’s good to have a dedicated space for them to do their work without being distracted. If you have found that your job has become more remote than you thought it would be, then it’s a great idea to fix up your spare room into an office. Add in a desk, ergonomic chair and some inspirational art to keep you motivated throughout the day.
Pack it with plants
Another big trend that has blown up recently is becoming a plant parent. Plants are great for your mind, they help clean your air and they can provide you with a sense of responsibility. If you have a room that is full of natural lights then make it the plant paradise you’ve always dreamed of by hanging shelves and bringing in a funky macrame chair. Keeping your plants in one place is also a great idea if you have pets or kids that have taken an interest in playing in the soil of your green friends so move them into a safe space that you can use as your own little “safe space”.
Make it into a movie theatre
One thing so many people have been missing for the past couple of years has been a trip to the movie theatre. It doesn’t take much to transform a room with a blank wall into your own little theatre so you won’t have to worry about going to the theatre again. Make your own by adding blackout curtains, a comfortable couch with reclining seats, a large projector that suits the space and a popcorn machine so you can have snacks on the ready.
Create a closet
If you have gone a little too overboard with your online purchases lately then you might find you are running out of closet space. Free up your entire closet by creating a new one in your spare room. You can get a professional to come in and build you a closet system if you choose but you can also get a similar effect quickly by using some fun chandelier lighting, a bright paint colour, rolling garment racks and some smaller shelving units to store your accessories.
Get crafty with it
Some of us have taken on new hobbies during the pandemic and now we’re stuck with no space to put all of our supplies. Give your crafting supplies a new home by dedicating your spare room to creating something new. You can use shelving or even an old wardrobe to organize your yarn, fabric, or Cricut materials and it’s easy to find some plastic bins and pull out drawers to fit the smaller stuff so that it stays organized and tidy too.
Elevate your education
If you have kids in your home that have had to switch from in-person to online schooling in the last few years, you know how valuable a good education space can be. Even if your kids have been doing in-person learning for a while, giving them a good place to do their homework and projects will keep them motivated. Bring in a nice desk, a comfortable chair, and whatever school supplies you usually use to create a space for your kids to do their work in peace.
Make it a music room
Listening to your music on your headphones is nice but even the best headphones can’t give you the same experience of listening to the music through a good sound system. Look into soundproofing the room and adding a high-quality system so you can enjoy your music without worrying about the rest of the house. Soundproofed rooms are also ideal spots to jam for any budding musician in your home.
Live in a library
Having your very own library is a dream that many people have and it doesn’t take much for you to make it a reality. Measure the space and purchase bookshelves to cover as many walls as you’d like, then add some overstuffed chairs and antique touches. After filling the shelves with your books, you can curl up and read a few chapters in your own private library.
Play with the space
If you have young children then you know how valuable a playroom can be for everyone’s sanity. Create the room of everyone’s dreams by making the space light and fun with whimsical touches all over. Make sure to add adequate storage and think about labeling the system so your kids learn to put their things away in the right place as young as possible.
Get your own gym
With many gyms closed for periods of time, people started resorting to creating their own home gyms and it has worked out quite well. Depending on the gym style you’re going for, you just need a good floor with solid support, a fun atmosphere with some great entertainment like a television or projector and all of your regular gym equipment. Whether you lift, ride or run, creating a home gym will not only give you inspiration but will save you a bit on gym fees.
Rent it out
If you feel comfortable with sharing the space and you are looking to make a bit of extra money from your spare room then look into short-term rentals. Airbnb has made renting rooms very popular and it doesn’t require much to turn the room into a nice space for visitors. Add a basket of snacks, a small fridge and a few local menus to help your traveling guests out and they will reward you with great ratings.
Let us entertain you
If you have guests over all the time then why not think about setting up a room that’s strictly for entertainment. Make a clever-looking bar and bring in some television sets or a pool table to turn it into your own little drinking spot. It will save you money on going out in the long run and you won’t have to worry about the long lines anymore if you have a bar next to your living room.
Enjoy in an extra living room
Your living room should be the room you enjoy and gather together with your family but sometimes that’s not the case. If you have a loved one that enjoys their Sunday football or a teenager that needs to watch their shows to keep up with the gossip then you know what it’s like to have to share the space. An extra living room allows you to watch tv, read your book or play a video game in peace without bothering the rest of the family.
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Stream from your space
Streaming has become one of the biggest things in the world in the last few years. We already mentioned gaming but if you do other content that you like to post online then why not dedicate a room to filming so you won’t need to worry about your lighting setup all of the time. Making youtube or TikTok content has become a great way for some people to make friends and earn some extra income so setting up a streaming or filming room is a fantastic way to utilize your spare room.
Spare rooms have endless possibilities and you can make them into whatever you choose with a bit of hard work and a few ideas. These are just a few of the great things you can do with your spare room. Whether you want it fun or functional, decorating your spare room is easy when you have a good idea in mind.