We’d all like a few more rooms in our home; maybe an extra room for guests, a relaxing getaway to read quietly away from the hubbub of the rest of the house, or somewhere for the kids to spread their toys out and play. But most of us don’t have this luxury and have to make do with a spare room which serves a multitude of purposes. But how do you get the most out of this space?
The key to the multifunctional room is careful use of space, which involves innovative storage solutions for all the various bits and pieces you want to have to hand. If you’re handy with a bit of DIY, you can get really creative in finding ways to store your possessions discreetly and stylishly.
Multifunctional furniture is also very useful for making the most of your space, so a sofa that folds out into a futon bed is a great addition if you need to cater for occasional guests. If you have regular overnight visitors, however – older relatives for example – you’ll need a permanent bed option. But by opting for a divan bed (time4sleep.co.uk/divan-beds - this is a divan bed if you weren’t sure!) you can utilize built-in drawers for storage, and there are some very elegant options out there.
If your room is multifunctional then you’ll need lighting that can be modified to suit the different needs. A dimmer switch is good option, but and easier and more elegant one is the strategic use of table lamps. Just two with low-wattage bulbs will give you some good combinations when combined with the ceiling light.
Choosing the décor can be tricky if you want to create a fun play room for the kids which also serves as a bedroom for guests. The best bet is to stick to neutral colors, but blues, greens and even yellows can add a splash of color without being too overpowering.
Lastly, many spare rooms become a dumping ground for the bits and pieces you can’t find a natural home for, but you need to avoid this as you don’t want the room to feel cluttered. You can box these items up and store them in the garage or attic, but ask yourself if you really need them. A garage sale could be in order!