Do you have a spare room that is being used for nothing more than junk?
The room that houses all the clutter when someone comes around, or maybe the place where the laundry gets folded. Or in many cases the room that holds a bed for the occasional overnight guest and the bedside tables you don’t like but can’t justify throwing out.
When space is at a premium you need to make the most of what you have. So let’s take the spare room from a disused space to a room that can add great value to your lifestyle.
How can the space improve your lifestyle?
What is important to you that you don’t have in your home at this stage? Do you love to meditate? Are you a reader? Do you love craft and DIY projects? Or would you love somewhere to simply escape?
What do you need from the space?
Do you need a room that gives you more storage for the rest of the home or do you need a bed for your family members and friends to use when they stay over?
Create optimal usability
Work out a plan to blend the things you want with the things you need. Multi purposing a room is a clever way to maximise what your spare room can offer you. You could look at combining additional storage, a craft area, reading space and an area to house an overnight guest.
Here are the key elements you need to make this space work:
- A convertible armchair that folds out to create a single, or king single, bed that by day can double as a ready chair.
- To provide the extra storage place two chests of drawers approximately 600-800mm apart. Then place a tabletop or a large piece of timber over the top of the two chests to create a desk space. This will provide plenty of room for craft along the timber top.
- On the opposite wall create floor-to-ceiling shelving to accommodate a library of books and a sound dock.
- To complete the space, make it cosy with a circular floor rug under the armchair. Add a side table and a floor lamp for reading that can also be used by any overnight guests.
Naomi Findlay, Realestate.com.au, 12 May 2015