Great Ideas For The Extra Room

Having too much space at home can surprisingly be a real design challenge, Whether its a rarely used dining room, the kids are now grown and gone, or you just ended up with a spare room, don't panic, there are plenty of ingenious ways to take advantage of the spare space or room. This is a chance to think about your space in a completely new way.

Spare spaces can be made versatile; from cleverly-designed bedrooms, study zones and reading areas, to spaces in which you can indulge into a hobby or create a retreat. Here are some ideas to consider.

Home Office

A home office can be a valuable space for almost anyone. it can be a connection to yourself, your spirit and your productivity. It should afford focus rather than distraction and be a place you want to be and want to spend time in. Whether you occasionally work from home or you just need a quiet place to take care of paperwork, a home office can help to ensure that you will have everything you need at your fingertips.

Guest Bedroom

If you have frequent overnight guests, it can be a huge time saver to have a guest room ready to go. Add a comfortable bed, a nightstand, and maybe even a desk or small table and chair. Having a clean and tidy space where your guests can escape will help to make them feel at home away from home.

Planting Room

If you have a green thumb or love to grow organic produce, and if you are lucky to have a sun roof, a planting room can be a great way to make use of an otherwise underutilized space. Your potting soil, empty pots, spades, and gardening tools will always be there when you need them. If you are able to have a sink in you planting room, this will make it extremely easy to rinse freshly picked fruits and vegetables or make a centrepiece of fresh cut flowers.


An art studio need not be large, just full of great natural light. Arrange a comfortable chair with easels close to a window. Consider neutral colours for walls and floor coverings. Include a space to store supplies and a sink for cleanup if possible.

Reading room

Are you a serious bookworm? Is your idea of a guilty pleasure to sneak away and read the latest bestseller? Arrange your reading room by genre and include the biggest and most comfortable seating possible. Plan for surface and wall lighting, as well as overhead lighting, so you can read any time of day or night.

Private bar

How about a closet or room where you can serve up drinks like the pros? Ideally a bar would have a small sink and refrigerator or ice maker. If possible, close off the space with doors that make it disappear when not in use.

Music or audio visual room

If you are movie buff or a musician or have budding musicians in the house, what a treat to have a dedicated room for this. Include comfortable chairs, a rug, window treatments and any type of upholstered furniture to help with sound buffering.