What do you all do with your spare room?!

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Home Stager with Designology Interior Design

What do you do with your spare room? Here are some interesting ideas of what you can do with that "EXTRA" room. ;)

Fun ideas of what to do with your spare room:

A Home Theater

  • Get yourself a nice big tv or if you have a blank wall a projection screen would do even better. Decorate with club chairs or a sofa that reclines anything that would make the room more comfortable and emjoyable to watch movies in. If you want that extra movie theaterness get a popcorn machine and a mini fridge then you don't even need to leave to get snacks!

Gym

  •  What to do with that treadmill you have hidden behind a screen in your living room?! Why not make better use of it or simply get some work out equipment and make yourself your own home gym. Put up inspiring artwork (you know those inspirational posters with the guy at the top of the mountain or a breath-taking view) and even some work out guides and get to work. Mount a tv on the wall and pop in some exercise videos and you are set to get into shape. Watch out for friends they will be trying to sneak some gym time in no time. ;)

A Craft Room

  • Most of us here are crafty so why not have a craft room? You know the room a big long table (big enough to spread out and create) and shelves and organizers full of fun crafty stuff...tape, decoupage, bows, fabric, a sewing machine, buttons, glitters. Basically what ever you like to make, set up shop in this room and go to town! 

A Revitalizing Retreat

  • While not the most practical of ideas for a spare room it can be argued that this would be the most enjoyable. Get a comfy chair, some classical music, your face mask, incense and if you are luck you could have a dry sauna in it or a massage table for when your personal massuse comes to your house to spoil you rotten. Don't feel guilty though I am sure your kids or spouse can enjoy it too....some day. ;)

Gift Wrap Room

  •  Gte out the wrapping paper, bows, construction paper and have a blast wrapping those gifts youhand picked out for your loved ones. It's always so hard to find a good place to wrap gifts. I am sure most of us end up doing it on the floor or our dining room tables so why not devote a room to the art of gift wrapping?!

Home Office

  • And old classic stand-by. Who wouldn't want a home office? A place where you can store all that paper work and ick...bills so that you don't have to constantly see it spread out in your kitchen, dining room or any other place where it simply doesn't belong. Make a built-in unit using file drawers as the base put a long piece of wood on top and shelves on top of that to complete the look and make a functional and great looking office. 

Guest Room

  • Of course the most obvious of the choices and dare I say the one of the most selfless of choices. Why put up your family in hotels when you have a beautiful and comfortable room for them to stay in. With all the comforts of home and then you can all stay up later for those wonderful chats and now it's even easier to get mom, grandma or whatever relative to make their special dish for you...they are after all just a hop, skip and a jump away. ;) 

Kids Play Room

  • We all know kids have TONS of toys! If you didn't buy them someone else did and they just keep coming. Surely you have run out of room in your own childs room and it's starting to look like Toys R Us after an earthquake. Why not separate their sleeping and changing area from their toy area and dedicate a room to their "stuff". Making them happy and you happier in the long run. 

Game Room

  • Pool tables, foosball, air hockey, dart boards...the game and fun possibilities are endless. Decorate it around a theme, say your favorite sports team, throw in a tv, a mini bar, comfortable sofas/chairs and of course your favorite fun activity and you are set! 

Reading Room

  • My personal favorite. To me there is nothing nicer than having an entire room dedicated to books. Wall to wall shelves full fo your favorite reads and those books you have been meaning to get to. Add in a chaise lounge some good task lighting and you are set to jump into the world of reading. 

 

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Of course one of the best things to do with a spare room all depends on your hobbies. Make it fun but more importantly...make it your own! ;) 


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Michelle Minch
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My husband has an "I love me" room. It is where he hangs up all his award certificates, citations, Air Force awards, pilot credentials, hunting trophies, etc. All the stuff 'boy stuff' I really don't want to see anywhere else in the house. It keeps the peace...
Jun 08, 2007 07:14 PM #1
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Christine Craig
Designology Interior Design - Santa Barbara, CA
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Ha ha ha MIchelle that is hilarious...We have a office/anti guest room. We use to have a bed but woudln't you know it too many people wanted to stay with us so we got rid of the bed and got a chaise for in front of the window.
Jun 09, 2007 07:54 PM #2
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Julia Fedak
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You ladies are too funny.

Love the extra room...once my basement is finished..I'm doing the gym thing. Maybe I can be like TLW and blog on while I'm on the elliptical trainer!

Julia 

 

Jun 09, 2007 11:34 PM #3
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Christine Craig
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Okmy blog has been re-editted. I decided to make the entire blog my own...I guess as a blog should me...ha ha ha! ;)
Jun 10, 2007 03:04 PM #4
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Cindy Richter
Interior Motiv Home Staging - Flower Mound, TX
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I wish I had a "Spare room".  My extra space is filled with the accessories etc. that aren't in a staged home somewhere!  I am working on it though.
Jun 10, 2007 03:39 PM #5
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Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
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Are these your ideas?  Good suggestions but trying to sell some of these to the buyer may not fly.  Have you done these suggestions, and if so, how are you doing it in this market?
Jun 10, 2007 11:09 PM #6
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Christine Craig
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This was more of a post for us rather than clients. For myself I have a home office/reading room and I joked it's now an anti-guest room. Too many people kept trying to spend the night, I started to feel like the Mariott. ;)
Jun 11, 2007 01:04 AM #7
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Lori Kim Polk
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Oh.. OK, I guess I was still in Staging mode.  Time to think about me and myself ;)
Jun 11, 2007 01:14 AM #8
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Christine Craig
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Ha ha ha poor Lori...sometimes it can be able you...I promise! ;) Sounds like you need the retreat room. ;)
Jun 11, 2007 01:15 AM #9
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Karen Reynolds
Champagne Staging, LLC - Wake Forest, NC

Spare room - whats that?  This is the absolute SAD part.  I have about 5100 finished square feet in my house and not one room, not even 10 lousy square feet are ALL MINE.   The only place I can claim really, is the space where my dresse stands.  But if Mike dares to put any of his stuff on it.. I dont even have that anymore.

The 4 kids & Mike have taken over the basement, obviously their bedrooms, and 2 family rooms (to keep the TV peace).  My 5 year old has taken over half my dining room by using my buffet to store her crayons & coloring books.  My living room is the "phone talking room" where the teenagers gather.  I dont want to claim the kitchen because that would mean I have to cook.

BUT -- the room ideas above Christine are great ideas for Staging those spare rooms in a house when you want to throw up if you have to do one more bedroom.....

 

 

 

Jun 20, 2007 08:27 PM #10
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
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I'm with  Karen -what spare room? - mine (yes I have several) are full of staging accessories that I want to keep in a heated space - the big stuff is elsewhere.
Jun 21, 2007 05:50 PM #11
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I have three spare rooms, that is one of the perks of having no more children living at home.  One is my office, one is my husbands office, and the third one is my staging prop storage room, which is now overflowing into the living room.  However, if my husband had his way, he would take away one of MY rooms and make himself a home theatre.  I say, he should use his own room for that, agree?

Terry Haugen - STAGE it RIGHT!

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