What to Do With a Spare Room: 10 Ideas

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Do you have an unused room gathering dust in your home? Whether you’ve recently become an empty-nester or always had that extra space, it’s time to unlock its potential. Instead of letting it become a catch-all for clutter, discover clever ways to remodel and maximize its use. Read on to get some spare room ideas, provided by Hide-Away Storage!

A Dual-Purpose Room

If you have one spare room you’re wondering what to do with, you might be conflicted about turning it into a guest bedroom. Combat this problem by making the room serve more than one purpose. Instead of putting a bed in the room, try a daybed, convertible sofa, or futon instead. This will give you a comfortable place to sit and relax, and then it easily converts to a bed when guests stay over. Try to get two or more purposes out of one room to make the absolute most of the space.

Home Office Space

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You can add a desk and chair in your spare room to transform it into a home office. Try to get two or more purposes out of one room to make the absolute most of the space. Spruce things up with some fun décor and artwork so the office feels cheerful and inviting. Whether you work from home or just need a quiet place to work on your affairs, having a dedicated home office is always a plus.

Use the Room for Kitchen Storage

What can you do with a spare room if you love to cook, host big parties, or just want to prepare for future emergencies? Consider converting the spare room into a master pantry. This will serve the dual purpose of allowing you plenty of room for all your kitchen supplies, and allows you to declutter your kitchen. All that, without having to sacrifice space in your home for these supplies. It might make sense to invest in shelves for this new space.

Game Room or Man Cave

Next on the list of “what to do with a spare room” is… of course, converting it into a second hangout area for a little “me time,” space for kids, video games, etc! If you don’t have a garage or basement, don’t use it for storage! Transform your spare room into an awesome hangout spot. (You can store your other things in a storage unit.) Add things like comfy bean bag chairs, a gaming console, and a flat-screen TV. Bring in board games, a card table, and chairs to make this room a fun area where everyone can relax and have some fun. A mini-fridge is an awesome addition, too. Fill it with drinks so everyone can grab one while they’re playing and hanging out.

Rent it Out

To really get the most out of what you can do with your spare room, consider renting it out temporarily. Services like Airbnb allow you to capitalize on your extra room and make extra money. Before you list the room, be sure it’s clean, comfortable, and has everything a guest will need. Market the room based on your location and mention things that would appeal to potential renters. When you turn your spare room into a “vacation spot,” you’ll not only make use of this space, but you’ll also turn it into a profitable venture. Be sure to check with your local jurisdiction on the rules for things like Airbnb and other online room rental companies. It’s important to fully understand how to rent your spare room correctly so you do it safely and for a profit.

Creative Craft Room

A creative craft room is the perfect sanctuary for all DIY enthusiasts and artistic souls. Install sturdy and functional shelving units along the walls, providing ample space to organize your colorful array of crafting materials, from beads and ribbons to paints and fabrics. Optimize the natural light in the room by placing your crafting table near the window, allowing the sunlight to illuminate your projects. Add a comfortable ergonomic chair to ensure long crafting sessions don’t lead to discomfort. Decorate the walls with inspiring artwork or motivational quotes to fuel your creativity. Consider setting up a bulletin board where you can pin ideas, sketches, and works in progress. With this dedicated craft space, you’ll find joy in every creation and have a place to let your imagination run wild.

Home Gym or Yoga Studio

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Transform your spare room into a private home gym or yoga studio, where you can embark on your fitness journey without leaving the comfort of your home. Install full-length mirrors to monitor your form during workouts and create a sense of openness in the room. Add gym equipment like dumbbells, resistance bands, and a workout bench to cater to your fitness preferences. Incorporate motivational posters or wall decals to keep you motivated during your workout sessions. For a yoga studio, adorn the space with calming colors and nature-inspired decor, such as plants or a small indoor waterfall. A tranquil ambiance will help you find inner peace and serenity during your yoga and meditation practices.

Art Studio

Unleash your creativity in an inspiring art studio right in your home. Organize your art supplies neatly on shelves or in drawers for easy access. Set up an easel near a window to take advantage of natural light, which is ideal for painting. Consider installing adjustable overhead lighting to illuminate your artwork during evening sessions. Hang corkboards or pegboards on the walls to showcase your artistic journey, from sketches and drafts to finished masterpieces. Add a comfortable seating area to take breaks, reflect on your work, or enjoy a cup of tea for added inspiration. With this dedicated space, your artistic endeavors will flourish, and you’ll have the freedom to explore various art forms to your heart’s content.

Indoor Garden or Greenhouse

Bring the beauty of nature indoors by transforming your spare room into an indoor garden or mini greenhouse. Install freestanding or wall-mounted shelves to create a multi-level display for your beloved plants. Select plants that thrive indoors, such as spider plants, peace lilies, and pothos, and mix in some exotic species to create a captivating botanical haven. Consider setting up a small water feature, like a tabletop fountain, to add a soothing element to the space. Install LED grow lights to ensure your plants receive the right amount of light, even during cloudy days. With a well-tended indoor garden, you’ll experience the joy of nurturing nature and enjoy a touch of greenery year-round.

Pet Haven

Treat your furry companions to their own little paradise within your home by creating a pet haven in your spare room. Start by choosing cozy and washable pet beds for your cats and dogs to rest and lounge comfortably. Incorporate scratching posts and climbing structures to fulfill your feline friend’s natural instincts. Add a play area with their favorite toys to keep them entertained and mentally stimulated. For smaller pets like rabbits or hamsters, create a comfortable enclosure with tunnels and hiding spots to ensure they feel secure and happy. Consider adding a grooming station with brushes and grooming tools for regular pampering sessions. With a dedicated pet haven, your furry family members will feel cherished and loved, and they’ll have a special place to call their own.

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Whether you decide to create a craft room, home gym, art studio, or any other fantastic concept, self-storage provides the perfect solution for storing seasonal items, excess furniture, or belongings that may need to be temporarily relocated to accommodate your new vision. With Hide-Away Storage, you can pursue your spare room projects, knowing that your cherished possessions are safe and secure in our state-of-the-art storage facilities. Embrace the opportunity to make the most out of your home, while keeping it organized and clutter-free with the convenience of self-storage.