Typically, the “spare room” in a luxury home is turned into a guest room, office or den. But what happens when you have plenty of square footage for each of those functions in your Camelot home and still have additional bedrooms to decorate? If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do with extra space, here are 3 clever, multi-purpose uses for an extra bedroom.
Office / Man Cave
More than 20% of Americans work remotely at least part of the time, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, making a home office essential for many families. Rather than having one central office space, why not give each family member their own laptop nook or office space? Combine the idea of a “man cave” with your personal home office for a getaway space that’s all your own.
While you probably don’t want the big-screen distracting you during work, it’s easy to divide the area with an executive desk on one wall and recliners and plasma TV on the other side of the room. This way, you can concentrate on work from 8-5 and then retire to your comfy chair to decompress with your favorite show before nightly family time. Tip: You probably won’t need a closet here, so consider turning that area into a dry bar.
Deluxe Wardrobe and Dressing Room
The average adult woman owns 19 pairs of shoes, according to a study by ShopSmart magazine. If your Louboutin collection alone outshines that number, or you have more dresses than a Rodeo Drive boutique, even the largest luxury walk-in closet might not fit your needs. Leave the built-in closets for your partner (trust us, he’ll appreciate the extra room for his suits or golf accessories) and snag a spare room to create a one-of-a-kind boutique dressing room and wardrobe.
Just imagine how easy it will be to find the perfect outfit when everything is color-coded and arranged by season. Hang a chandelier for glamour and place a floor mirror in one corner to make sure your chosen ensemble makes the cut. Not sure where to start? Check out these closet organization tips.
Hybrid TV-Workout Room
No one wants to see a treadmill or elliptical machine in their great room. Or, worse yet, share a guest bedroom space with yoga mats, mirrors and dumbbells (which are all too easy to trip over late at night). Rather than scattering exercise equipment around the house, confine everything to a single spare room.
Include a comfortable lounge chair with a reading lamp in one corner. Then, mount a flat screen TV on one wall and arrange furnishings so that the TV can be viewed from the chair or while on the treadmill. This way, you can tune into The View or continue binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy while burning off some calories, or stop in just to lounge with a show or a book when you need some quiet time to yourself.
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