Spare bedrooms and Dining rooms become offices, study and reading rooms, movie rooms or children's playrooms. Living rooms become studios. Garages are transformed into lanai-like spaces or his man cave get away. Even family rooms have not escaped the alternate room syndrome but have become production spaces for making things or conducting business.
Whether we're entrepreneurs using the space for our business, providers for homeschooling or simply living our lives "out of the box," we’ve turned our attention to making the best use of the space we have.
Spare or Guest bedroom
Even if you have a small apartment or condo, you may have a spare bedroom ideal for an office. But at other times, you need it serve as a guest bedroom. Stick a bed, a desk and file draw in the room. That’s functional. But you’re going for an “out of the box” approach, a stylish approach that makes every minute you spend in that an absolute pleasure. Here’s a few things to consider:
Use wall units that have doors. Stored items can easily be hidden. This is especially helpful when you have overnight guests.
Murphy beds are still in style!
Add an attractive daybed. One with a trundle expands to a full size bed.
Use the closet in the spare bedroom for a small office. See my post on How To Create A Closet Office.
An under used dining room offers great space to create an office, a space for homeschooling, project room, a media room or even a combination of multple activities.
an example of an office or a study/library
For more examples on repurposing a dining room, check out Better Ways to Use Your Dining Room, by Catherine Smith on Houzz.
This dining room became a playroom that can also be used as a homeschool study room.
This dining room serves two activities: a traditional dining space and a libary
A small room, such as small dining room, offers a cozy T.V. room.
Single and double size garage
The village apartment community where I live also includes townhomes with garages. Almost every tenant uses their garage for storage, a sitting area or a workspace with table saw and the like. Some are very comfortable with pictures on the walls, comfy chairs and small tables. Garages make the perfect man cave space, media and game rooms.
A garage shares space for a very comfortable T.V. and dining space.
What man wouldn’t love to enjoy this garage man cave.
Living in a small space means efficiently utilizing every inch of floor space. Reserving a second bedroom, garage space or even a small dining for just one activity is wasted space in contemporary lifestyle. Re-purpose the room or create a room that serves multiple activities. To make the transformation successful, here are some things to consider.
Of course, decide on how you want to use the room.
Create a furniture placement and color scheme. If, for example, the dining room will be changed to a media room, place the T.V where it will not face a window. If this is not possible, prepare to install window treatment to block outdoor light. Remember, new paint on the wall is one of the quickest and cheapest way to make decor changes.
Determine if you will need electrical, cable and internet outlet installations.
Assess the furniture you already have and select, if possible, what can be used in the “new” room
If working with a short budget, check out such places as Ikea, garage sales and consignment shops.
Don’t forget to have fun!!