Finding A Function For An Extra Room In Your Home

Lillian SteinBy Lillian SteinNov 5, 20170

For many people, their first home away from home is not a lot to write home about. Maybe it’s a dorm room shared with one or more room mates in college. Perhaps it’s a small studio or one bedroom apartment that is big enough to hold everyday living essentials, but not much more.

However, as people achieve more success in their lives and buy a house or rent a bigger apartment, they may find that they have rooms in their home with no designated purpose.

Another group that also find themselves with extra rooms are parents of grown children who have moved out either completely or are only home during summers and holidays. It is not necessary to keep these rooms as time capsules of their son or daughter’s teen years when the room can be put to better use.

Here are some ideas on how to designate that space in a way that is suited to a household’s particular lifestyle.

Home Office

Home Office

Using an extra room as a home office is a very popular option. It can be an office used primarily to keep track of home finances, such as organizing bills and budget planning, or it can be the springboard for starting a new business. If the room will need to be used as a bedroom on occasion, a stylish daybed can be set up in the corner that will provide needed comfort when adult children or visitors arrive, or if you just need a break from business for a quick power nap.

Art, Craft Or Music Studio

Art, Craft Or Music Studio

Expressing creativity is something many people wish they had more time for in their lives, but many find they get busy with other things. In order to succeed in creative pursuits, it is necessary to make them a priority, and what better way to do that than by designating a room as an art, craft or music studio?

Going into this room will reinforce for yourself and others that it is time to nurture your creativity, and will keep the mess that these pursuits can sometimes create out of the rest of your home.

Home Sanctuary

Home Sanctuary

If you are living with room mates or family members, it is easy to get carried away in the “noise of life”. In some homes that noise might be a television that is always on. You might also be dealing with petty squabbling between your kids or other family members. Political or money discussions at the dinner table can also add a lot of stress.

It’s also possible that some people in the household bring frequent visitors to the home. None of these things are necessarily bad, but there are times when the phrase “less is more” makes a whole lot of sense.

A home sanctuary might contain bookshelves with calming books and comfortable chairs to read them in. There may be mats in the room that can be used for meditation. It can be a quiet place to go sit with a child who is overstimulated in order to help them calm down.

With the possible exception of a personal music player with headphones, and reading lamps, a home sanctuary should be free of excess technology, such as a television or computer. It should simply be a place to relax, recharge and recenter.

Game Room

Game Room

If your household is the type that likes to play games either independently or with other people, a game room can be a great addition to your home. You can set up a table for card or board games and even include a mini-fridge and microwave to keep your gamers comfortable. A television and video game system can be in the room as well, along with plenty of comfortable seating, and perhaps wireless headphones to complete the gaming experience.

Exercise Room

Exercise Room

Exercising at home can be a challenge for some. Some are shy about working out in front of others in their family, and others intend to exercise, but are constantly reminded of other things they need to do around the house. By dedicating a room to exercise, it is possible to get around many of these obstacles.

For your exercise room , you should choose equipment that you are most inclined to use, such as a treadmill or exercise bike along with weights, mats, and possibly a television with exercise DVDs. Just don’t pack in so much equipment that there isn’t room to move.

Pet’s Room

Pet's Room

While it might seem like you are spoiling a pet by giving him his own room, doing so can benefit the rest of the household just as much. If you have a cat, for example, the litter box can be kept in that room and extra steps can be taken to ensure that it is properly ventilated. It can also house things such as climbing trees for cats, comfortable pet beds, and toys.

A dog’s kennel can be kept in the room, and if he is trained well enough, the door can be kept open for him to go into at his leisure. A dish of clean water should always be kept in a pet’s room. If you have visitors who have pet allergies, you can close the door to the room when they visit, and your pet will have plenty of room to move around and things to do until you are ready to open the door again.

Sorting Room

Sorting Room

When time gets tight, things don’t always get sorted right away. There are many things that ultimately need to be sorted and organized, such as the household mail, the laundry, and shoes or coats that are appropriate for different occasions or types of weather. These rooms could contain sorting tables, desks, mail slots for different family members, a paper shredder, and perhaps a television that will give people something to do while sorting.

Much of the time, this room will look somewhat cluttered, but it should minimize the clutter in the rest of the home. If you use your extra room for this purpose, just make sure to go into the room to sort things from time to time, and not keep it as just a hiding place for the chores you don’t want to deal with.

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