Ideas for Using Your Home’s Extra Bedrooms

The number of bedrooms in a home can be one of its top selling points, but for many homeowners, there’s a question of what exactly they’re going to use those extra rooms for when they finally get settled. As the average home size gets bigger, the number of bedrooms has also increased, and it’s not uncommon for many new homes to have four or even five bedrooms. Putting that extra space to use can be a dilemma—especially if you don’t have an equal “people to bedroom ratio” in your home.

If you’re struggling to find the best use for your extra bedrooms, check out Blindster’s list of suggestions:

  • Guest rooms

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The top use for an extra bedroom or two is the most obvious—turn them into guest rooms. All you need is a bed, a nightstand, and a dresser, and you’ve got a perfectly functional guest bedroom for family and friends to use. Having multiple guest bedrooms makes it easy for you to entertain multiple people who are visiting from out of town and help them save money on lodging, meals, and other travel expenses. In addition, many newer homes feature adjoining bedrooms that share a bathroom, making them ideal for guests with children.

 

  • Pet rooms

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Having pets can be a great source of companionship, entertainment, and stress relief for your family, but they can also be difficult to live with at night—especially if they’re nocturnal animals—or if you have guests who have pet allergies. Having an extra bedroom or two can be a great way to give your animals the space they need to stay happy and healthy, while also preventing them from keeping you up all night or causing your guests to have an allergic reaction. To create an ideal cat room, all you need is a litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, bedding, and some favorite toys. Dog rooms are similarly low-maintenance, but you may need to be more careful with the items you place inside, as some dogs are prone to chewing or clawing when they get bored.

 

  • Home office

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More and more jobs are allowing people to work from home, but trying to do so without having a dedicated workspace can be difficult. A home office makes it much easier to get the peace and quiet necessary to concentrate for long periods of time, make and receive phone calls, and have a designated place where work is separate from home. Spare bedrooms are ideal places to use as home offices and require nothing more than a desk, a chair, and a computer to become dedicated home workspaces.

 

  • Storage room

Storage Room

Lack of storage is one of the biggest complaints for many homeowners in 2016. If that describes you and your family members, your spare bedroom may be best served as a storage area. Small guest bedrooms work great for this concept, as they’re large enough to function as improvised walk-in closets but small enough that you won’t feel bad for utilizing the square footage of the room itself as an actual living area or bedroom.

 

  • Exercise room/home gym

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If you’re tired of driving across town every day to the gym, or if you’re just more inclined to work out at home, converting a spare bedroom into a home gym may be perfect for you. A treadmill, a set of free weights complete with a weight bench, and a body weight exercise area are all you need to have a small but effective home gym that can help you stay fit without the hassle of driving to an actual gym or the expense of paying for your membership every month.

 

  • Movie and game room

Movie and Game Room

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Whether you’re a gamer or an avid film fan, chances are your living room isn’t ideal for enjoying your favorite hobby. Whether there’s a glare from the outside, the sound is too loud for your neighbors or family members, or you just don’t have enough room for all of your specialized equipment, having a dedicated space can help you maximize your enjoyment. A big-screen television or a projector, a surround sound system, and some blackout window treatments, like Blindster’s Premium Blackout Double Cellular Shades, will make any bedroom the ideal place to enjoy games and movies at any time of the day.

  • Study and relaxation room

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As homes become more connected and high-tech, having a place where you can read, relax, and rest is truly invaluable. Turning a spare bedroom into a study and relaxation room can be done by outfitting it with comfortable seating, stocking a bookshelf a few of your favorite books, bringing in a stereo that you can use to play relaxing music, and putting together a bed for occasional naps. To make the room truly effective at helping you to de-stress and leave the worries of your day behind, enforce a strict “no electronic devices allowed” rule and leave your phone or tablet at the door. By creating a space where you’re always unplugged, you’ll quickly associate the room with feelings of relaxation and reflection.

 

  • Arts and crafts studio

Arts and Crafts Room

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Everyone needs a chance to explore their creative side from time to time. Whether you enjoy painting, woodworking, or building small DIY crafts, your spare bedroom can be easily converted into a small home art studio. Make sure to keep a chest or set of drawers stocked with plenty of supplies like paints, canvasses, and wood, and If possible, add a sink for easy cleanup of paints, glue, clay, and other art and DIY materials and adhesives. You can also use the space to get creative from a musical standpoint. Use it to create electronic tunes on a computer, spin your favorite vinyl albums, or practice playing your favorite instrument.

 

  • Recreation room

Recreation Room

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Love playing pool, throwing darts, or battling your friends and family in table tennis? Turning your spare bedroom into a rec room is a great way to have access to these activities anytime you want. When choosing a pool table, make sure that you have plenty of room on all sides of the table to extend your cue without bumping into walls or furniture. In addition, consider placing a backing behind your dart board to protect your walls from errant throws, as darts can quickly damage drywall by creating small holes.

  • Kids’ playroom

Kids Play Room

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If your children’s bedrooms aren’t big enough for them to fully stretch out and enjoy playing with their toys, consider converting a spare bedroom into a playroom. Having a dedicated playroom is a great way to give your children more space while also keeping their bedrooms neat and clean. Having a large toy chest where they can easily access their favorite games, dolls, and action figures makes setting up for playtime and cleaning up after they’re done a quick and simple process, and it also spares the rest of your home from being overrun by toys that can be extremely hazardous to your feet in a dark hallway at 2 a.m.

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