You pass the room every morning, and every time you do, it screams the words, “Do something with me!”
While it’s always nice to have extra storage space and living space, an empty room is akin to wastefulness if it’s not being used.
Perhaps you had plans for it when moving in that never surfaced, or your kids graduated and finally moved away from home. Whatever the case may be, the point now is you are now working with a blank space.
From No Space to Workspace
One of the best uses for an unoccupied spare room is to turn it into a home office. Many homeowners long for a dedicated work area, so take this as a golden opportunity to have that office you have always dreamed of!
As exciting as decorating and arranging a spare room can be, it’s important to not get ahead of yourself. If you need to swap out furniture, for instance, figure out the best place to keep it in the interim. A storage facility is often your best bet for the short-term, as this will give you additional time to decide whether or not to sell, donate, or discard the old spare room items.
Since you will be spending an ample amount of time in this room, the one thing you do not want to skimp on is lighting. Take advantage of natural light as best you can by installing a set of new adjustable shutters or blinds.
This will give you greater control over the space; a new track light configuration along the ceiling (preferably above the office desk) is also recommended. Well-lit rooms appear larger than they are and help keep you focused on the task at hand.
That being said, it wouldn’t hurt to add a fresh coat of bright paint to the walls as well! Solid white will not only keep the room light, but it’s the best room shade to stimulate good mental concentration.
Spare rooms are generally on the smaller side of the spectrum, and that leaves no room for big, bulky furniture. Aim for space-saving pieces that are lightweight, portable, and easy to move around if need be. A corner desk can significantly increase what square footage you do have, as will a compact, swivel chair.
How the room is arranged is just as important as what type of furniture you decide to use. Again, try to position the desk near the window, and design the office layout in such a way that optimizes foot traffic and movability.