Do you have a spare bedroom going to waste? Maybe it’s the most neglected room in your home, jammed with washing, unwanted furniture and last year’s Christmas decorations.
I urge you to not to let this valuable space go to waste.
Your spare bedroom is an opportunity to provide guest accommodation for visiting friends, a separate play area for your kids or even a space to work from home. Once you upgrade, it should be able to take on any of these functions with ease.
If you’re on the lookout for easy ideas to make use of your spare bedroom and upgrade it into a welcoming and responsive space, check out these simple hacks.
1. Rent It Out As A Guest Bedroom
Do you like the idea of a guest bedroom but don’t entertain visitors too often? Renting your spare bedroom is an easy way to get the most value from your extra space, especially if your children have left the family home.
To make your spare room as appealing as possible to potential new guests, there are simple interior hacks you can try. If the walls are painted a drab white and your ceiling is unfinished with undercoat, start by selecting your colour palette.
Ideally, this should reflect the size and configuration of the room. Neutral tones, such as grey and earthy browns, will give you greater flexibility to work with down the track. Just remember to keep your colour selection in line with the style of the rest of your home.
2. Create A Rumpus Room For Your Kids
If you have a young, growing family, upgrading your spare bedroom into a rumpus room for the kids is a handy alternative. They’ll appreciate the independence and you can teach them to clean and manage their own space.
A liveable rumpus room requires an organised approach, with plenty of storage and quality lighting to assist the extended periods of time spent playing games and watching movies. Start by replacing any damaged or outdated light fixtures.
Try not to blind the room with harsh white lights or leave your kids in the dark with a lone spotlight. Choosing the best lighting requires a balance between artificial task lights and natural sunlight. Installing sheer curtains is a simple fix to filter the light exposure and give your children privacy.
Pigeon hole storage is a fantastic, modern twist on traditional shelving that gives you plenty of space for toys, consoles and books. Great storage has the power to make a space feel bigger, lighter and cleaner for your family.
3. Turn It Into A Studio For Your Hobbies
Are you creatively inclined? Why not upgrade your spare bedroom into a private studio space to cater for your hobbies. This can offer many immediate benefits, increasing work-life balance and containing the clutter of your interests to stop it from taking over the rest of the home.
If your preferred hobby involves a considerable amount of mess, such as painting, it’s a good idea to tear up the carpet first and replace with flooring that allows for more freedom. Not all hobbies need to be this way, though, you could create a music room, reading room or even relaxation space!
For hobbies that form a large part of your life and require a more precise configuration than your spare bedroom allows, it could be time to consider if this is a knockdown rebuild job. Work out early on how much you’re willing to invest in upgrading your spare bedroom to stay on budget during renovations.
4. Make A Custom Home Office
Even if you aren’t a remote professional, most families will benefit from a quality custom home office. An excellent space to store paperwork, files, work resources and, of course, more personal pursuits. Gone are the days where a simple desk in a bedroom would qualify.
The best way to create an office that is flexible to your needs is to incorporate furniture that enhances the livability of the room. Start by decluttering your spare bedroom to ensure that the primary function of the space is clear. Neat storage boxes keep your things within easy reach, without distracting you.
Multi-tasking your home office will help to ensure that the space is used more often. A modern sofa bed or day bed could easily see your spare bedroom transformed from home office to guest bedroom within minutes.
5. Build Your Own Home Gym
Breathe new life into your spare bedroom by upgrading it into your personal home gym. For fitness fanatics who are tired of seeing their treadmill in the lounge room, this is an easy next step. If you have the room and the inclination, equip the space to perfectly suit your routine.
You could install mirrors, a treadmill, yoga mats or even boxing equipment depending on the size of the spare bedroom. If you’re a professional instructor, provided the floorplan of your home suits, this could be an excellent opportunity to train clients during the winter.
When it comes to increasing the value of your home, a home gym won’t be for everybody. Be careful during your DIY renovations that the existing flooring and walls aren’t damaged by the heavy equipment or carelessly applied mirrors.
6. Upgrade A Games Room Into a Home Theatre
New technology rolls out every day it seems, which means the option to upgrade your unused bedroom into a small home theatre is more affordable than ever. Projectors and screens are relatively straightforward to set up, but that’s not all you need to consider.
To realise your dream of an enviably large and acoustically balanced home theatre, you’ll need to invest in quality equipment and comfortable furniture. Also, consider the configuration of the spare bedroom in relation to the rest of your home – is it right next to your room or the main living?
Start by heading out to the shops and researching what’s out there. Tools to optimise sound and control the light flow, while necessary, are difficult to buy all at once. Take it step by step to ensure that the finished outcome is exactly what you envisioned.
Extra Easy Hacks to Try
- Fresh market flowers and a scented candle are last-minute touches that can make your spare bedroom feel welcoming, particularly when used as a guest bedroom.
- New crisp bed linen is an easy way to introduce colour and texture without making the money and time commitment of a paint job.
- Most of these upgrades you’ll be able to do yourself. Simple DIY jobs like new window frames, door hardware and storage shelves are efficient and effective.
- Wallpaper feature walls are a quick hack to introduce a unique modern character into your spare bedroom. Ensure you are familiar with application techniques to correctly hang wallpaper before you start.
- Preparation is the key. Before you start making any interior changes, measure out the entire room from top to bottom and keep this handy for precise furniture selections and other structural conversions you intend to carry out.
As Managing Director of Mazzei Homes, a custom home builder Melbourne based, Daniel Mazzei has a strong ambition to innovate the building experience for those looking to build quality homes.