Many homes have one or two spare rooms that are sitting empty or being used as mere storage space. A spare room could be an opportunity for making extra cash or for getting extra enjoyment and utility out of the family home. If you have a spare room and don’t know what to do with it, use these ideas for inspiration.
1. Rent it out
If you don’t mind sharing your home with someone else, one practical idea for making use of your empty room is to rent it out. The extra income can help you cover your mortgage payments, so you can save more quickly for your annual overseas holiday or a new car.
Many people rent out their spare rooms to students or short-term tenants such as backpackers or travellers. A furnished spare room could attract more prospective renters. Furnish it with several beds and essentials such as a desk or a dresser. Other options, such as including Internet access or TV, could also make your room easier to rent out.
2. Home office
It can be difficult to concentrate on work you take home if you’re working in front of the TV or in the bedroom. Turning your spare room into a home office could be an excellent idea if you spend time working at home. It would mean more productive working sessions at home. Furnish your home office with a desk, a comfortable chair and some good lighting.
For those who enjoy reading, a personal library could be a good use of the spare room. All you need to do to set up your personal library is to clear out any old items, set up some shelving, and stock your new library with books.
4. Personal parlour
If you enjoy entertaining friends at home, turning your spare room into a personal parlour can make for some enjoyable times. Other than a sofa and a TV, you could consider additions such as a card table, a pool table or a dining table. A personal parlour means you can entertain friends without competing with your partner or other family members for the living room.
5. Workout room
For those who enjoy exercise, converting an unused room into a gym could help save money on gym fees and give extra choice when working out. With your own exercise room, you can work out regardless of the weather. Fill your room with a variety of exercise equipment, and make sure you set up the room with good ventilation for air quality.
6. Recreational room
Turning your spare room into an entertainment room will please the entire family. All you need is some audio-visual equipment and some comfortable seating. If you’re musically inclined, fit out your room with a piano, a keyboard, or some speakers. Soundproofing could be a good idea if you’re worried about disturbing your neighbours.
7. Relaxation room
Sometimes it can be hard to relax — even in your own home. You might have a TV in your bedroom, and you might be competing with your children or partner for other living areas. Turn your spare room into a relaxation room by clearing out any items and furniture. Paint the walls in a relaxing shade, and furnish the room with some comfortable seating.
8. Guest room
Sometimes the best use for a spare room is to turn it into a guest room. If you have family who regularly visit from interstate or overseas, you might want to keep your spare room furnished with some basic items, such as a dresser and a comfortable bed.