What to do with your spare room

by Creative Style Interiors

Many houses have that one room that you just aren’t sure what to do with. Perhaps your children have left the nest, or you’ve moved to a bigger home with more bedrooms than you need. Whatever your predicament, there is a solution to suit any household.

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Turn your spare room into a:

  • Guest bedroom
  • Library
  • Media room
  • Craft room
  • Dressing room
  • Playroom
  • Gym

The use of your spare room will depend on its location in your home. For example, heavy gym equipment will always be best used in a room with sturdy foundations, and most homeowners prefer their media room to be near the living spaces rather than the bedrooms.

Below are some ideas of uses for your spare room, including some important design points you’ll need to consider for each.

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Craft Room

 

  • Tables or desks at two different heights: one to sit at and one to use while standing.
  • Excellent natural and artificial lighting with plenty of adjustable task lighting.
  • Organised storage for supplies including stationery, fabric, sewing machine, wool, etc.
  • Comfortable seating- an armchair or recliner is great for knitting or crocheting, while an ergonomic office chair is best for sewing and other crafts where a desk is needed.

 

 

 

Library

 

  • A bookcase (or two).IMG_4467
  • Some storage cupboards or drawers.
  • A comfy sofa or a couple of chairs. Recliners and armchairs are popular for extended periods of reading.
  • A small dining table or desk. Round is best if it will be in the middle of the room as there are no corners to knock when moving around.
  • Good general lighting and task lighting.

 

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Media Room

 

  • An expanse of wall large enough to accommodate a screen or large TV.
  • A large TV or projector.
  • A sound system, either integrated or freestanding.
  • Seating. Depending on the space, this could be a single sofa or multiple recliners or some scattered beanbags and floor pillows.
  • Dimmable lights.

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  • Darker colour scheme to absorb light.
  • Blockout curtains for light control and
    acoustics.
  • Carpeted floors or a room rug to assist acoustics.
  • Small tables or surfaces for drinks and snacks. These could include small round or square ottomans, ‘nesting tables’ or some other compact side table.
  • Storage to accomodate media equipment such as DVD Player, hard drive, gaming consoles, etc.

 

If you’ve got a spare room in your home and aren’t sure what to do with it, give Creative Style a call on 0416 190 792 or email jenny@creativestyle.com.au to book an appointment with Jenny.

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