5 Ideas For The Extra Room In The House

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If you are wondering what to do with an empty spare room, look around your house and see what is serving dual purposes. Is your kitchen counter overrun by bills and to-do lists? Does your laundry room look more like a crafty project disaster than a place to clean clothes? If so, you may have your answer — a home office or hobby room. If not, there are a lot of options of what to do with your spare bedroom.

Game Room

If you love board games, family time or a friendly competition of ping-pong, make your game room a place everyone in the family can enjoy. Choose furnishings that double as seating, such as convertible storage benches, ottomans and stools. Line the room with open shelving to store and display activities. Pottery Barn has a wide selection of built-in and standalone shelves. Include a place to keep score — consider painting a wall or the back of a door in chalkboard paint and keep a bucket of chalk nearby.

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Especially if your spare room is on the smaller side, turn it into the dressing room you've always wanted. Move all the camping gear and holiday decorations you've been storing in there into an Uncle Bob's unit, then give the room a fresh coat of paint. Install wall-to-wall, built-in shelving for storing shoes, belts and accessories, and hanging clothes. Include an island with drawers for delicates and jewelry. Make room for a decorative full-length mirror and stool or bench. Some ottomans provide storage while acting as ample seating. Complete the look with a large-patterned rug.

Home Office

A home office can be a great place to get organized. A desk can hold everyday supplies and get them out of your kitchen's junk drawer. Use a decorative glass jar to store receipts until needed. Organize your mail with this DIY project: Mount a pin board to the wall for keeping to-do lists, mail and other tasks in mind. If there's room, tuck a comfy chair, bookshelf and lamp in the corner to create the perfect reading nook.

Great for Guests

If you plan on regularly hosting family and friends, make your spare bedroom a comfortable place for overnight guests. Equip the room with not only the necessary furniture but a basket of extra linens, a mirror for touching up makeup and plenty of closet and under-the-bed space for their luggage. Provide bottled water and a bowl filled with dried fruit, crackers and chocolate for guests who may feel uncomfortable rummaging around your kitchen looking for a midnight snack. Make things easier by setting out a power strip so guests don't have to search for an available outlet for each of their devices.

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