A spare bedroom seems like a nice idea in theory, but do you really need it?
If your guest room remains empty for most of the year and is only hosting a handful of visitors, there could be other, more exciting ways to make use of the area. Maybe you want to keep a guest room in tact but your kids have moved out and you now have their bedrooms to use as spares. Whatever your situation, there are so many ways to open up or transform your spare bedroom into a unique creative area. Doing this will enhance your living arrangements and add a touch of personality to your home. Design a space that both you and your partner can use and enjoy regularly.
Here are 8 ideas to help you start thinking about how your spare bedroom can be used as a creative space.
1. Reading Room
Dust off all those old books you packed away years ago and create your very own reading room or library. A personal library is any bookworm’s dream. All you need are a few bookshelves to line one or more walls, a couch or some chairs, and a little creative inspiration for your design or theme. Bookshelves come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges, from second-hand to antique, so you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to decor.
According to Naomi Findlay, award-winning founder of the International Institute of Home Staging (IIHS) and SILK Home Staging & Styling, your bookshelf says a lot about you. “A bookshelf presents unique styling opportunities not found anywhere else in the home,” she writes on the Real Estate.com.au blog. Findlay points out that some of the benefits of having bookshelves in the home include decluttering, effortless style and colour coding.
2. Coffee Retreat
Enjoy your morning coffee or tea in a dedicated space, designed to enable you to relax without the distractions of television, kitchen clutter or piles of laundry that need to be folded. Your coffee retreat could be furnished with a simple, relaxing sofa by the window, taking in the morning light. Or, you could combine your coffee retreat with your reading room to make double use of the space.
Make your coffee retreat a screen-free zone and use it as a chance to enjoy your morning newspaper, flip through a magazine or do a crossword in peace and quiet.
3. Yoga Space
Imagine waking up in the morning and spending the first half hour of your day relaxing in your very own private yoga and meditation space. A yoga room at home should be a room where you can be undisturbed and find quiet time, according to yoga enthusiast the Journey Junkie. “A flat surface is key for balancing postures and to root down into the Earth,” she advises.
Yoga also has numerous health benefits, including promoting personal growth, health and wellbeing. “Yoga provides relief from excess stimulation and the stressors and hectic nature of modern life,” writes the University of Mississippi’s Catherine Woodyard.
Make your yoga space a zen zone with minimal design, yoga mats, serene music and some plants or scented candles.
4. Music Room
Whether you’re a true musician or have simply experimented with playing musical instruments in the past, a dedicated music room housing instruments, speakers, instrument stands and sheet music will be an enviable and beautiful creative space for all music lovers.
If you’re going to be playing and listening to very loud music, add to the room and make it more soundproof with rugs, curtains and items attached to the walls.
5. Kid Zone
Even if your children are all grown up and have left home, there may be other kids in your life who visit your home regularly — like grandchildren, or children of family friends. Avoid having toys strewn around the house and create a dedicated space where the little ones can play, make mess and create.
Your kid zone can include toys, books, tables for craft, clothes for dressing up and old furniture for playing and building forts. The kids will love having their own private play area, and you can relax knowing they’re happily entertaining themselves, too.
6. Indoor Garden
An indoor garden can be a relaxing haven, allowing you to grow a diverse range of flowers, herbs and plants, if you don’t have a large outdoor garden space or live in an apartment complex. If your spare room has a lot of natural light, you’ll be able to grow a wide variety of plants and even fruits and vegetables.
Indoor gardens and wall gardens also work well in small spaces. Experiment with different coloured plants and styles of pots to create your unique garden flavour.
7. Arts & Crafts Room
A dedicated arts and crafts room can be a relaxing place where you’ll be free to paint, do pottery, knit, sew, write or just be. Creating your own dedicated space for art will provide a great opportunity for you to try out a new skill or hone your existing talents if you decide to take up a craft you were once passionate about.
You can design this room to suit only the art you’ll be focusing on, so you won’t have to worry about keeping the floor clean or ruining any of the other furniture in your home with mess.
8. Dressing Room
If you’re constantly battling your partner over space in your small built-in wardrobe, and it’s not possible to install a walk-in wardrobe in your existing bedroom, then a dressing room could be an ideal solution for you, particularly if your spare bedroom is in close proximity to your master bedroom. You could install long mirrors, custom-made shelves and open hanging racks, as well as a lounge to relax on or place outfits on while you choose between them.
A makeup or powder table would also complement your dressing room nicely. Plus, by having a dedicated makeup and dressing space, excess clutter will be removed from your bedroom and bathroom, giving you more space in those rooms.