Make the Most of a Bonus Room

Have a bonus room or a spare bedroom? You're in luck! Here's how to maximize the function of this extra square footage in your home.

Whether it's a spare bedroom or a bonus room, here's how to make the most of an extra space. First, create a room with multiple functions, such as a guest bedroom and hang out lounge so it can flex to your needs. With the function of a media lounge, this space is ready for kids and their friends or family movie night. A comfy sofa is a must for hanging out But one that pulls out into a bed is even better, especially for overnight guests. And a swiveling TV makes sure every seat in the room has a great view. Lighting is also important in a room with so many activities. Task lighting next to seating is perfect for reading, while light blocking window treatments create the right ambiance for movies any time of the day. And these automated shades make it even easier to control the light. Bookshelves, whether built in or free standing, add smart storage. Big baskets can hold DVDs, games, and extra bed linens, and the decor details still matter. Hang fun art, develop a color scheme, and include personal accessories Create a space that's as pretty as it is functional. But if you really want to set this extra space apart, try adding a fun barn door. Whether it's a kids' lounge, guest room, or a reading area, the key to a bonus space is making it multifunctional. [MUSIC]

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