Do you find yourself in possession of a spare room that is simply lying empty and unused? Or perhaps it is beginning to look a little on the unimaginative side: mundane and uninspired. Well, rejoice! Rather than looking at this as a wasted space, consider it as a blank canvas on which to splash your creative energy! A world of opportunities awaits you wherein you can transform this space into anything you want.

Tending to your spare room has several advantages: not only can it be a true labour of love or the ultimate DIY project, adding a new, fresh, and alternative space to your home can improve your overall quality of life. Moreover, it will also add value to your home should you ever decide to sell. So, whether you decide to turn it into a guest bedroom, an office, or even a personal gym, it’s time to make the most out of this space and enjoy it!

Turn it into a guest bedroom

Help make your visiting family and friends’ stay at your home both a comfortable one but also a memorable one by creating a truly unique and stunning spare room. If the room is looking a little on the duller side, try adding a bold layer of paint to instil it with a whole new lease of life. Experiment and have fun with different shades and patterns!

Maybe you’d like to create a botanical themed room with greens, pinks, and floral wallpaper. Maybe it’s an exotic Oriental vibe you’re after. Or perhaps you want to go back to nature with organic tones and earthy textures. Whatever your inspiration, make your spare room your mood board and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Make yourself a comfortable home office

In the wake of the COVID pandemic, many people and businesses find themselves adopting new work patterns, with many people now opting for hybrid working schemes. With more businesses offering either full time or part time work from home, investing in a great home office could be a perfect way of adapting to the modern social and economic climate. Because spare rooms are usually smaller, they have all the space you need to fill it with appropriate furniture that will make your working-from-home life much easier.

If you plan on spending the majority of your working hours at home, it might be a good idea to consider investing in a fitted home office that can be customised to whatever style you need, and which can accommodate precisely the kind of work your job entails.

Build your own bar

If you have an empty cellar, garage, or basement going free, why not live the dream and turn it into your own personalised bar and entertainment centre. Then, decide if you want it to be a wet or dry bar. Wet bars include functioning taps and pumps, and generally include a washing up area, so you will need to factor in plumbing. Then have fun with your décor! Bars are social hubs, so help bring people together with some funky lighting, comfy seating, and even some pub games like pool or darts. Your bar will be the new local before you know it!

Keep fit with a home gym

How many times have you made it a New Year’s resolution to get more fit before it ultimately falls through? Maybe expensive gym memberships have been putting you off? Well, one way of getting around that is to transform your spare room into your own, personal gym! One where you can work out from the comfort of your own house and on your own time! Invest only in the exercise machines you need, turn up the speakers, and get your housemate or partner involved for motivation! Goodbye membership bills, hello downstairs workouts.

Emily Henderson​

Emily Henderson​

With a Master’s degree in Architecture, Emily Henderson has been a guiding light in renovation and design. She is a celebrated writer and blogger transforming spaces for over a decade. Her journey in the field began at a renowned design firm, where she polished her skills. Her career path was pivotal when she became a leading architectural firm designer. She started sharing her expertise with many readers, focusing on sustainable and innovative design solutions. And she enjoys gardening and DIY home projects during her leisure time.

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