When you need more space, you want fresh spare room ideas that will save you from moving, remodeling or building. Whether its a new guest room, an office or an indulgent meditation room, no matter how big or small, there are a lots of ways to enjoy your spare room.
Most people use their spare room as a store room. That is such a waste. Yes, you need places to store seasonal or extra items but your best plan it to declutter and build clever storage into every room.
The first thing to do is work out what kind of new space you want. Once you have done that, you need a plan to remodel your room without spending too much money or turning it into the best room in the house. These spare room ideas will help you to do both.
Indulgent Spare Room Ideas
Painting, Music or Craft Studio
A room of your own where you can paint, play or listen to music or go craft crazy is very indulgent and one of the most fun spare room ideas you can pull off for yourself. Your room doesn't need to be big, but it should have quality natural light to make working there easier. An easel close to a window, comfortable chairs and a little storage for supplies or equipment is all you need.
If you are a musician or like to listen to loud music, include window treatments, a rug and some upholstered furniture to your room to absorb music.
Meditation or Yoga Room
This is such a luxury, but having your own private space to clear your head or meditate is wonderful. Keep the room simple and free of any clutter and technology, or else it defeats the purpose. One or two comfortable chairs and a view, or painting, that you can use as your main focus as you drift away, solve all your problems and refresh your mind, body and soul.
This meditation chair is beautiful and expensive. Here's a meditation chair selection that cost much less. Do you really need one of these to meditate? No. You. Don't. As long as you can sit comfortably for 5-30 minutes, any chair or floor space will do.
Source: Basho Chair
This room can double up as a yoga room by adding a yoga mat, floor cushions and a throw, so you can end your session with dead man's pose and drift off.
Morning Room That Turns Into a Private Bar
A room of your own to read the morning paper, have a cup of coffee, open and reply to mail sounds a little Victorian but also quite indulgent.
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A round occasional table and a couple of chairs for comfort and this could also be your reading room or where you receive guests. Spare room ideas that make rooms multi functional are great, as long as you don't try to do too much within those four walls.
If that sounds a little formal, how about a turning the wardrobe or closet into a private bar? Got your attention yet?
Here you can serve drinks, complete with your own drinks refrigerator and ice maker. Just close the doors when you don't need it, and it goes back to being a reading or morning room. If you are planing on using the space as a reading room, make sure you have good overhead and reading lighting to read any time during the day or at night.
Create a Fun Room
This is a perfect room for children. Its somewhere to play, keep toys and maybe even nap. Toys live in this room and not through out the house. This should be a fun room to decorate and a fun place for children to spend hours creating, painting and playing. This is one of my favorite spare room ideas.
Toys need to live somewhere, create lots of low storage for easy access and easy putting away. Little tables and chairs, lots of fun wall decals, height measuring, mobiles and other fun things are compulsory.
Nap or Sleeping room
There is nothing as sweet as a nap mid-afternoon. It's like stealing time for yourself to recharge your batteries. A short nap of around 20 minutes allows us to reset our system, giving us the energy and boost we need to take on the rest of the day. They have become very popular with large companies like Google. If you decide to create a nap room you will be in good company.
This room needs no phones or TV, just a day bed and a thick door to keep out any noise. This is perfect for adults or children needing a little time out. Work out who has custody of this room. If you need this room more than the little ones, make sure it's an adults only room.
Coffee or Tea Room
Like the morning room, a coffee or tea room is perfect for serious coffee or tea drinkers who prefer to drink their beverages away from the kitchen.
You can create your coffee or tea station using an old pantry or over sized wardrobe, add a coffee maker, storage, cups, mugs, plates, a jug for milk and a water source. A small refrigerator isn't necessary but if you have one spare use it.
Source: Hicks Design
Like a small private club, a few over stuffed chairs, a newspaper or magazine is all that is needed to break for a few minutes, before continuing with the rest of your day.
A room guest ready for family, friends, children or grandchildren. Unlike all the other rooms above, this room is not used daily and is often used for storage. Its a great room to have, but unlike the other rooms, its not about you its about your guests. Make sure it is guest ready with clean bedding and towels, alarm clock, shampoo, toothpaste, headache tablets and a few interesting books or magazines.
Once you have decided on your indulgent spare room transformation it is time to spruce it up. In most cases, getting rid of what is in there is the biggest hurdle to change. There a lots of declutter posts but you can start by following the rules on this moving post. That's right, declutter as if you are moving and that mindset alone will help you go from 'I might need it one day' to 'where will I put it'?
I also suggest listening to great music when you clear out the spare room. Nothing gets you into the vibe faster than great music. When the pain of clearing out the spare room is over, its time to decorate! Here are a few spare room decorating ideas to inspire you.
1. Paint it Yourself
The fastest way to transformation is with new wall paint. To make the job go faster and for a professional look use an indoor paint sprayer. Its a very handy DIY paint tool and there is little mess.
Paint your walls, paint cabinets or furniture pieces like old chests. The paint covers all surfaces with fine even paint that lasts. Neutral wall paint colors like gray or blue are easy colors to live with.
2. Restyle Old or Vintage Pieces
Decorating a room from scratch can be expensive. Instead of replacing all your furniture, re-upholster, stain or paint piecesto give them a new fresh look. Sometimes a good wash with soapy water and some linseed oil or wax is all that's needed. The idea is to go for less, not more, so the room is functional but also free of any clutter.
Old chests can double up as night stands for a bed or for stationary, craft or paint tools. A single bed can be remodeled into a day bed against the wall with throws and cushions for reading or for your daily power nap.
Vintage signs, tin wall holder or a large vintage style clock can add features and focal points to your room.
3. Eliminate Unwanted Items
Make sure there is nothing extra in the room. If its a morning room with a bar, creating a jug of martinis every other Friday night, remove your boot sale vase collection or the broken crockery you have been planning to decorate your coffee table.
Let is go. Remember to use the mindset that you are moving. Start afresh with minimal furniture. If you are letting go, here are some ideas on recycling old household items.
4. Use Minimal Decor
Most rooms look better with less decor, not more. Select your pieces frugally. The best decor is often the simplest.
Create decorative pastiches using small collections of things you love and want to see everyday but only a few pieces are needed to give you that clean minimal feel. You best spare room ideas will leave the chaos outside.
Lighting is important. From copper fairy lights weaving in and out of a book case, or a standing or reading lamp, its important to have lighting that helps you create mood and that is naturally peaceful and decorative.
5. Remove Unnecessary Appliances
To keep the integrity of your newly transformed indulgent spare room, remove your household vacuum cleaner, iron, sewing machine, golf clubs or tennis racket. Find new homes for them in your newly upgraded garage or high powered she shed. These are a few spare room ideas to inspire you to create your own.