What to do with an Extra Room

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Do you have an extra room in your house that you just don’t know what to do with? There are so many options, but sometimes it can be hard to commit or follow through with a specific idea.

Many times, an extra room ends up being a dumping ground for miscellaneous items. At this point, the room often becomes a mess and the door stays shut so guests don’t see it. Don’t let the space go to waste. There are many ways to use it in a productive or creative way.

Guest Room

MV-02 from Millennium by Loloi

One of the most common uses for an extra room is a guest room. You may have family members that live far away, and like to spend the night when they visit. Your kids may have friends that want to spend the night and use the guest room to sleep.

There are lots of ways to style your guest room. The easiest way is to add a bed, nightstand, and maybe a dresser. If it’s a larger room, you could also add a chair in the corner. There are also a couple of ways to have a bed in the room. You could use a Murphy bed for more space during the day. A futon is another option. This gives seating during the day and a place to sleep during the night. This type of room is simple yet functional.


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Another common use of an extra room is as an office. More people work from home these days and need a quiet place. Sure, you could use the kitchen table, but having a dedicated room for work is very convenient.

Some items you could put in an at-home office are a desk, chairs, filing cabinet, shelving, and more storage. Specific items or decor will depend on what type of work you do. If you have inventory, you’ll probably need more storage than someone who just uses a computer. Either way, having a home office is a great way to keep your work in one place.



Sometimes you don’t feel like driving all the way to the gym after work, so having an at-home gym could be the perfect solution. Having a gym at home makes working out a lot more convenient, which will most likely make you want to use it and work out more.

Besides the obvious gym equipment, you could add a rug, seating, and storage. If you have lots of small workout items, storage is a great way to keep the room looking neat and clean. Having a chair or bench is great for when you’ve been working out and need a quick rest.

If you love working out or are just working on your health and wellness, using an extra room for an at-home gym may be a great use of space.

Craft/Hobby Room

Craft Hobby Room

You might have a hobby that you need extra space for and that extra room could be the perfect place. If you’ve had a hectic day, sometimes all you want is some time to yourself doing something you love. There are lots of people that like to craft, and there are many different things to craft with, so you’ll need a place to store it all. Having a desk or table for crafting is also needed. You don’t want to stand the entire time you’re scrapbooking.

Since this is a creative space, adding decor to the walls is a great way to decorate your craft room. You could hang photography, paintings, put up shelving, or hang up something you created yourself. The possibilities are endless.

Walk-In Closet

Walk In Closet

If you’re a shopaholic, an extra room to store all your clothing, shoes, and accessories is just what you need. You may already have a closet in your bedroom, but sometimes that just isn’t enough.

There are lots of different pieces you can use in your extra closet. You’ll probably want some shoe racks to display all of your shoes. Drawers for clothing or smaller items that can’t be hung up will be needed.  If you have lots of jewelry, a place to display and store them is a great idea too. To finish off the space, a mirror is a must. A long mirror can make sure you’re happy and ready to head out for the day.

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