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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 dÃ©cor - movie posters, velvet curtains and other "props" can add a whimsical feel.
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.
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.
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:
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.