Union County Homes: 25 Ideas to Do With a Spare Bedroom

25 Ideas to Do With a Spare Bedroom

Have the kids moved out? Do you have a little extra space, but aren't quite ready to downsize?

If you have a spare room in your house, put it to good use! Here are some ideas:

  1. Guest room - If you have lots of overnight guests, it's handy to have a guest room.
  2. Art room - Paint, sculpt? 
  3. Man cave - Who wouldn't want a comfy recliner and some wife-less tv?
  4. Bar - Maybe a gentlemen's club with dark wood and green lampshades, or maybe a tiki bar with giant potted plants and brightly colored chairs.
  5. Office - Set up the computer and some filing cabinets and you're good to go.
  6. Music room - Guitar, keyboard, or stero - what do you play
  7. Game room - No longer will you be frustrated that our Monopoly game has to be cleaned up to serve a meal. 
  8. Storage - This could be a great place for out of season clothes and decorations.
  9. Home theater - Big screen tv, comfy recliners, popcorn machine, refrigerator for drinks.
  10. Video game room - The Wii and PlayStation and Nintendo can all have a home that isn't hidden under your living room couch.
  11. Library - Walls and walls and walls of leather bound books and an armchair and ottoman in the middle.
  12. Puzzle room - Spend 5 minutes a day for the next few months solving a 2000 piece puzzle.
  13. Rec room - Darts, pool table, foosball. 
  14. Pet room - Keep the cat toys and scratching posts in one place, or line the walls with tropical aquariums.
  15. Fitness room - Store your Stairmaster, exercise bike, and Nautilus equipment here.
  16. Yoga room - Peaceful surroundings, a few yoga mats, towels and candles.
  17. Gardening room - A place to re-pot your plants and start your seedlings.
  18. Hobby room - From tying fishing lures to collecting coins, everything needs space.
  19. Playroom - Keep your kids' toys and games and itty bitty furniture out of their bedrooms and out of your living room.
  20. Walk-in Closet - A small bedroom can be converted to a giant closet.
  21. Workbench - If you keep your car in your garage, you might not have a place for your tools. 
  22. Craft room - Finally a place to indulge your scrapbooking or jewelry making hobbies.
  23. Homework room - Give the kids a place for their computers and stock it with sharp pencils and healthy snacks.
  24. Wine Cellar - Install a bar and racks for your wine glasses and create a sipping room to sample your collection.
  25. Breakfast nook - If you don't have an eat in kitchen, the dining room might feel a bit formal for your bagel  so indulge yourself with a bright kitchenette. Put the coffee pot on a counter and you're ready to go.


Whatever you decide to do with your spare room, the great news is you're not committed to it. You can change your mind any time and make it something else!




~ Wayne & Jean 

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Comment balloon 11 commentsWayne and Jean Marie Zuhl • July 25 2015 12:56PM


these are some great ideas for repurposing a spare bedroom - better than keeping it as a shrine to the son or daughter who has moved to their own space! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 4 years ago

Good morning Wayne and Jean. Four and twenty-four sound good to me! Enjoy your day! 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

Great ideas, Wayne and Jean! Thanks for sharing this! 

Posted by Garreth Wilcock, Sherlock Homes Frisco (Sherlock Homes Frisco) over 4 years ago

These are great ideas!  I have a buyer right now that is planning out the extra rooms that they will have, one is going to be the hunting room, one is going to be the sewing room and the other is going to be the game room, so fun!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) over 4 years ago

Good Morning Wayne and Jean -  I would image a walk in closet. Niall of our closets are full.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 4 years ago

Who knew there could be so many things to do with a spare bedroom.  I like the idea of a yoga room.  Ohmmmmmmmmm

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 4 years ago

well so many uses besides a bedroom!  my fav: 

  1. Homework room - Give the kids a place for their computers and stock it with sharp pencils and healthy snacks.
Posted by Mark Loewenberg, KW 561-214-0370 (KW of the Palm Beaches) over 4 years ago

The ideas are plentiful and I would rather have that extra room than not. Good post Wayne and Jean.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) over 4 years ago

I love the idea for this post and the timing is perfect. I also like the reference to downsizing. May have to borrow this idea for a future post!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 4 years ago

Great ideas Wayne and Jean, I need a Yoga room for real. I'm actually thinking about doing some modifications to make this possible as I do not want to move to another home.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 4 years ago

All 25 of your suggestions are great and we have two of them, a man cave and a librairy.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 4 years ago