What to do with a spare room (if you’re lucky enough to have one)? If you live out in the sticks then you may well need to dedicate this space to those friends and family who can’t really visit without staying over.
But if you rarely have guests, the spare room is your, well, oyster, to do with what you please.
From Home Cinemas to Gyms and libraries, here are the most creative ways to enjoy that spare bedroom.
- BRIGHT IDEA
While you may be reticent about going too bold with the colour scheme in your own bedroom, having a spare room is a fantastic opportunity to be more daring with colour and pattern.
- LOUNGE AROUND
Channel Mad Men and reserve a relaxing space to sit back, play a record and enjoy an Old Fashioned tipple.
- ALL WRITE
There’s something quite ‘Jane Austen’ about the combination of quaint writing desk and day bed. The perfect place to do a spot of letter-writing before retiring for an afternoon nap.
- SEWN UP
Those rolls of fabric, mannequins and sewing apparatus sure take up a lot of space. With the luxury of a spare bedroom you can create a craft studio of sorts.
- GLOBAL TRAVELLER
Turn your spare room into an exotic hideaway that evokes your favourite holiday destination.
- BOOK IN
If you’re unlikely to need a dedicated guest bedroom, how about investing in a home library instead?
- PACKS A PUNCH
Whatever your workout of choice, your spare room is a good place to burn some calories. Invest in a treadmill or punch bag for relieving end of day stress.
- HOT DESKING
With a whole spare room to play with you can create an amazing workspace.
- IT’S A WRAP
In busy households it’s helpful to have a decent wrapping station – that is, an organised spot to store giftwrap, cards and stationery. It might sound extravagant, but it won’t just come in useful at Christmas if you have children who seem to attend birthday parties almost weekly.
It can double as an office space too.
- MAKE UP
If you don’t have the square footage for a dressing table in your bedroom, reserve a space in your spare room to store those beauty essentials.
- GO FOR A WALK
What could be more indulgent than a bespoke walk-in wardrobe? If your own bedroom is severely lacking in storage space, this could be the best use for that spare room.
- DOUBLE DUTY
When overnight guests are few and far between, a sofa bed really comes into it’s own, allowing you to reserve the spare room for use as an office or snug, instead of a dedicated bedroom.
- SUPER SNUG
Combine a woodburning stove with Netflix and you have yourself an irresistible duo. For those days when the rest of the house is too darn drafty, an aptly named ‘snug’ is your best friend.
- PICTURE PERFECT
Make staying in the new going out with a home movie screening room. All you really need is some good seating and a blank wall to project films onto. Plus an obligatory bar cart, or popcorn machine.
- COMFORT ZONE
Create the ultimate escape for your guests – or yourself – by giving your spare room a 5*-hotel-worthy makeover. Quality bedlinen is key and a welcoming, stylish design! Oh and don’t forget the towels!