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Home Style Organization

Do you have an unused room that could be put to better use? An empty bedroom left behind by a family member, a cluttered storage room or an unused guest room?

Here are some ways to reclaim underused or wasted space in your home and transform it into useful space.

Family Room

Make your family room a relaxed version of your living room. Make it casual, functional and comfortable for everyone to enjoy. Keep entertainment, like movies and toys, in easy-to-access storage.

Reading Room

Opt for the look and feel of a formal library, with leather chairs, built-in bookshelves and dark wood accents, or maybe you're more inclined to a light and breezy reading room with wicker chairs, soft pillows and homey touches. With either option, make sure you can close the door for full peace and quiet.

Sitting Room

A sitting room can be a relaxing, aesthetically pleasing escape from the distractions of a busy household. Transform that small nook into a personal "getaway" by adding an overstuffed chair, adequate reading light, artwork and a potted plant.

Craft, Sewing or Hobby Room

How about a room dedicated to crafts or sewing? To make a functional craft room, be sure to include a sizeable worktable. Make it a multifunctional station for seasonal activities. Re-pot overgrown plants in your indoor potting room and keep the mess out of the kitchen. If you do create an indoor potting room, make sure your floors are water- and-stain-resistant.

If collecting is your hobby, turn your spare space into a memorabilia room. Let your friends get the full effect of the extent of your collections. All of your items can be neatly arranged and protected in one room.

Storage Room

More storage space - we all need it. Organize your spare room or create a room-sized closet using the many storage systems available. Use home storage organization solutions to leave the rest of your home clutter-free.

Home Office

If you work from home on a daily basis or you want a quiet place to work on occasion, a home office is a nice addition. Use stock kitchen cabinets to create lots of storage space. Add a comfortable chair and a desk or table, and you're ready to work.

Home Theatre

If a home theatre is something you've always dreamed of, now is the time to give this project the "green light." First, select the various electronic components for your home theatre. Next, invest in comfortable seating, adjustable lighting and storage for various media. Have fun with the décor - movie posters, velvet curtains and other "props" can add a whimsical feel.

Fitness Room

Forget about that gym membership, and set up a home fitness center. Invest in cardio equipment and weights and make sure you have adequate space. A ceiling fan, a small refrigerator for cold water and healthy snacks, and large mirrors on the walls will help complete your home fitness room.

Recreation Room

A recreation room is a great place to entertain. It's easy to create the ultimate party atmosphere. The possibilities are endless: pool, air hockey, foosball, ping pong, pinball. Add a couple of beanbag chairs and a small refrigerator. Decorate the walls with your favorite posters and neon lights.

Music Room

How about your own personal space to practice or listen to your music? Your own music room can provide privacy and isolate noise. Here are a few tips for inexpensively sound-proofing a room:

  • Use heavy carpeting and padding to help keep sound from escaping through the floor. If you have hardwood floors, add rugs to absorb sound.
  • Pad walls with blankets, 1/4" thick carpet (applied with mastic), heavy fabric or self-sticking cork tile squares.
  • If you don't like the idea of hanging blankets or fabric on your walls, plain fabric wallpaper or heavy wallpaper will absorb some sound.
  • If possible, install and weatherstrip a solid wood door.

Guest Room

To create a guest room, start with a twin or double bed. Turn the bed into a comfy reading area by adding pillows. Your guests will be more relaxed having their own room and your family will have privacy when visitors spend the night.

Get more ideas for spare rooms at Lowe's Indoor Improvement section. Print our Home Organization worksheet to help you with the details of your project.

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