If you have an extra room in your home or are thinking of making one, lucky you! Maybe your kids have moved out, maybe you just have had a move around and found you have a spare room. Have you thought about what you are going to do with it? If you are stuck for ideas or spoilt for choice, have a look at the list below and see if any of them take your fancy…
Art Studio – If you are artistic, this is the perfect use for a spare room. Art can be a messy hobby and it is nice to confine all of the mess to one room, and also to have a designated room where you can be by yourself and get some inspiration! Have you thought about a garden studio? This is a separate room in the garden – kind of like a shed but a lot better! Away from the hustle and bustle of the main house, a garden studio is a great idea for a bit of peace and quiet – have a look at http://www.gardenspaces.co.uk/ for ideas. Neutral wall colours and easy to clean surfaces are ideal for an art studio.
Spa – If you fancy yourself a bit of a relaxation destination, then create yourself a spa room. You can buy a massage table and have a professional come around to see you in the comfort of your own home! Decorate the room with soft, soothing colours and low mood lighting to give a really relaxing feel to the surroundings. Soft furnishings and some tranquil artwork on the walls will finish the room off beautifully.
Playroom – If you find yourself constantly tripping over kid’s toys, then the obvious use for the room is a playroom. The children will benefit having a separate room to play in where they can be creative and make a noise! Parents will benefit from all the toys and games being stored in one room and not thrown all over the house! Making the children responsible for the playroom will also help to encourage a sense of pride in their surroundings – get them to help in the decorations and colour scheme – if they have a had input into the planning and design of the room they are likely to be far more enthusiastic about keeping it tidy long-term!
Bar/ Games Room – A popular choice for a spare room is a bar and games room. It is great to have an area where you can entertain guests away from the rest of the house, and a separate bar will be able to house more specialist bar equipment and optics than just making the drinks in your kitchen – perfect if you want to master the art of cocktail making! You can even add a dart board, snooker table, jukebox and even an arcade machine to add another dimension to the room and give it a real bar feel.