5 Creative Ways to make use of the Spare Room

If you are lucky enough to have additional space in your house such as a spare room (or even two) then it can often be difficult deciding what to do with it. More often than not, the spare room doesn’t have any particular use, and it is in fact, just that. Spare. Filled with odd bits and bobs that have no proper home, ceiling high ironing piles that you like to close the door and forget about and that hoover that broke three years ago. So if you’re guilty of treating the spare room more like a tip than a living space, then here are some ideas that might inspire you to transform that space into something a little more useful. 

A Gym 
Ok, I’m not talking a state of the art studio filled with all singing, all dancing equipment, but the popularity of home workouts are on the rise and are also extremely accessible from all kinds of fitness Youtube channels. Why not empty the space out, add a few yoga mats, dumbbells or kettlebells, a skipping rope and maybe an exercise bike and you have your very own makeshift studio. Shut the door, turn up the speakers and get that heart rate going. This doesn’t have to cost a lot and will probably save you more money than a gym membership in the long run!

An Office
Ok, this isn’t a very creative concept because a lot of people have home offices in the spare room, but if you do work from home or need a space where you can concentrate, it is vital that you create a productive workspace. An old desk chair and computer isn’t exactly motivational. Ensure your office space is painted in light colours, has a lot of natural light but also the right lighting when working after dark. A comfy desk chair with the correct back support is essential, and how about a mini fridge to store bottles of water and energy boosting snacks? Desk organisers are also great for ensuring that your workload doesn’t get on top of you – working in a clutter-free space is far more effective.

A Pet Room
This might sound a little ridiculous at first, but if you have your pet’s beds in the kitchen and find yourself falling over them/not wanting to go downstairs for fear of waking them up to wreak havoc, then why not transform your spare room into a calm, safe place for your pets to sleep? There is plenty of advice available online about how to successfully create a relaxing and playful space for your animals and it will probably do them good to have a space they can associate as their own -  not to mention you being able to enjoy a hair-free carpet!

Rent it out 
Granted, this suggestion might not be for everyone, especially if you have a comfortable financial situation, but if you are looking to make a little extra cash on the side, then having a lodger is a great way to do this, particularly if you have the space available. Having a lodger isn’t an alien concept like it might have once been, and there are plenty of people that rent out the spare room in their house for a little bit of extra income. Of course, you have to make a few additional sacrifices to ensure that you accommodate your lodger (sharing a kitchen and bathroom for example) but if your lodger is a friend or someone your own age, chances are you will make a friend for life! So if you have a significant amount of spare space, why not help someone out and make a little cash at the same time. If you don’t fancy sharing your space full time, or like to have some alone time to chill at the weekend, why not search for people looking to lodge part-time? Plenty of people work away in the week and are just looking for a place to crash in between working. 

Walk-in Wardrobe 
Unleash your inner Kim K and turn that spare bedroom into a closet. Although walk-in wardrobes are usually associated with A-listers, it doesn’t have to be expensive to overhaul an otherwise empty space into somewhere you can store, clothes, coats and jackets, shoes and accessories. IKEA have some excellent shoe racks and clothes rails that can be strategically placed around the room to make storing your clothing a decorative venture. Walking into a room with your clothes and accessories all on display might make finding something to wear that little bit easier!