Do you have a spare room in your apartment home that you feel you aren’t utilizing to the fullest extent? Maybe, it's been left completely empty since you moved in, or perhaps, it became a secondary storage room of sorts full of miscellaneous items that you’re not sure what else to do with. Whatever scenario you’re finding yourself in, don’t let this extra space go completely to waste. While it may seem daunting at first, it will be worth it to broach its untapped potential sooner rather than later! Here are some ideas to get you started.
Sometimes, it’s just best to keep your bonus room fluid to your needs. In other words, the room itself doesn’t really have to be anything in particular, as much as it meets your needs, specifically. And, trust us — the possibilities are seemingly endless! Your room can become a guest bedroom, media lounge, fitness center, home office, craft studio, game room, kids' playroom, or in-home library. Our suggestion is to furnish the room according to your needs!
Choose the Right Furniture.
Next, look for furniture that fits your chosen type of room. Furniture that can do double duty will maximize the potential of bonus space. Think of a couch that pulls out into a bed offers a place for guests to sleep, a TV mounted on a swiveling joint that allows you to adjust it based on seating, or a homework desk that doubles as a craft table. For storage, bookshelves provide an excellent, multi-use place storage. Use them for books, board games, craft supplies, office necessities, movies, and more.
Light the Space.
The flexibility of brightening or darkening a bonus room gives you the ability to use the space for an array of activities at any given moment. Have plenty of task lighting available around chairs, couches, and other types of workstations. Give automated light-blocking window shades, which allow you to watch TV and movies during the day without a pesky glare, a shot, too. If the room doesn't get a lot of natural light, to begin with, hang mirrors to help reflect light through space.
Make It Yours.
We've talked a lot about function, but don't forget to include fun décor, as well! Since this is most people’s favorite part of the process, do not be afraid to let your creativity shine. Hang up your artwork, add knick-knacks and other memorabilia to your bookshelves, and throw in a houseplant or two for a touch of nature. There’s a lot of special, unique ways to add a personal touch to your space.
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