If you have a spare room, why not turn it into a usable space instead of somewhere for your junk and ironing. The ideas below will enable you to use it as a guest room, office, snug, craft or playroom. Turning it into a multi-use space means you and your family will get plenty of use out of it.
Strip everything down first
The first thing is to empty it and strip it right back. Because it is a room you rarely use, you can really go to town on it. You have the time to strip back the paintwork, go to skirtingsrus.co.uk to buy replacement skirting, fill in all of the cracks and renew the flooring. Taking this approach will give you a nice fresh foundation with which to work and the décor in your new room will be crisp and fresh.
Install some extra storage
As I said above, the idea is to turn it into a multi-use space. That includes making sure that you have somewhere to store things you rarely use but still want to keep.
A floor to ceiling cupboard is ideal for this. Provided the items you want to store are light enough to be safely lifted above your head you can reserve the top shelves for long-term storage.
Below that level, you can install hanging space, shelves and drawers, for everyday use. It is also a good idea to leave a space in which you can stack several storage bins on top of each other. Ideally, you want to be able to slide the shelves out and move them up and down. Building in flexibility like this will enable you to adapt things as your family grows and things change.
Buy a bed
No doubt, occasionally you will want to use this room as a bedroom. An instant blow up bed that you can store in the cupboard you have just created, along with the linen, is quite a good solution. But, a bed that folds up into a wall is another idea that could work well for you. When not in use, the bed folds safely against the wall and the legs are designed to act as shelves. You can download a full set of build plans and instructions from this website.
A desk or workbench
At times you might want to use the room to get some peace and do some work. For that, a desk is a good idea. Again, if you want, it can be designed to be folded away for when you need to use the room as a bedroom or as somewhere to do some exercise.
You can easily turn a corner into a snug where you can read or enjoy doing some crafts. In another corner of the room, you can set up a screen for movie watching or gaming.
Regardless of what approach you decide to take, there are some things you need to pay a little extra attention to. There must be plenty of electrical points available. It is best to have several on each wall.
Lighting is important too. For a room like this dimmable lighting is a very good idea. The lights can be on full when the kids are using it as a playroom or you are using it as an office. And then if you want to meditate or do yoga you can dim the lights. For the snug area, a floor lamp or reading lamp is a good option.
Thank you for reading.
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