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.

Do you have a spare room in your house that you're stumped on what to do with? Maybe it's been empty since you moved in, or it morphed into a storage space for miscellaneous items. Don't let it go to waste! Instead, turn that unused room into a space you'll actually want to spend time in. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Go Multifunctional

bright kids' playroom in loft

This is our most important tip for using an extra room. If it can serve as a guest bedroom and an office, for example, you'll get more use out of it. Mix and match purposes to suit your needs. Think of the possibilities:

  • Guest bedroom
  • Media lounge
  • Fitness center
  • Home office
  • Craft studio
  • Game room
  • Kids' playroom
  • Reading corner or library

Choose the Right Furniture

bookshelf

Next, look for furniture that fits with your chosen type of room. Furniture that can do double duty will maximize the potential of a bonus space. A couch that pulls out into a bed offers a place for guests to sleep. A TV mounted on a swiveling joint allows you to adjust it based on changing seating arrangements. A homework desk can also be a craft table. For storage, bookshelves provide an excellent place for more than just books. Use them to store board games, craft supplies, extra bed sheets, office necessities, movies, and more. Tuck away items in labeled baskets or bins to keep the shelves organized.

Light the Space

striped walls

The flexibility of being able to brighten or darken a bonus room at a moment's notice allows you to use the space for any activity, any time. Have plenty of task lighting available around chairs, couches, and work stations. Try automated light-blocking window shades—they allow you to watch TV and movies during the day without a pesky glare. If the room doesn't get a lot of natural light, hang mirrors to help reflect light through the space.

Make it Yours

wall art

We've talked a lot about function, but don't forget about including fun decor! A bonus room is the perfect place to experiment with decor styles or a new color scheme. If you've always wanted a gallery wall but didn't have the space for it elsewhere, now is your chance! Or maybe you've been looking for a place to hang all the artwork your kids bring home from school. Try art prints for a craft studio, or motivational quotes for a workout room. Add accessories to your bookshelves. Throw in a plant for a touch of nature. Another way to set your bonus room apart from the rest of the house is to install a sliding barn-style door.

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