You’ve packed the last box, shed the last tear and watched your teenager drive off to start his or her post-grad life. Congrats, you are now officially an empty nester (fingers crossed). So now that it’s just you and your partner, it’s time to decide what to do with your child’s bedroom. The ideas for using your extra space are as endless as your wants and needs.
If the room your child just evacuated is down the hall or across the house from your own room, it could make an ideal private guest room. Transforming your child’s bedroom into a guest room allows you to choose paint colors and décor that match your current style or to try something new. Pack up the trophies, posters and childhood knickknacks and go for a fresh new look like rustic modern or even Hollywood glam. Add a full-sized bed, or consider a pull-out couch to give your guests some seating flexibility.
Now that the kids are out of the house you can stop using the excuse that you don’t have enough time to get a workout in. A home gym makes getting and staying healthy a breeze. You can go minimalist by simply adding some floor mats and a mirror, or go all out by installing a treadmill, elliptical and mounted audio/visual system. Whatever inspires you to get moving is perfect.
We’re not just talking about poms and popsicle sticks here. A fully-functional craft room gives you space to create. Make sure it has a big table to cut fabric on, wrap gifts or for paint projects. The closet can be turned into an ultra-organized storage center to house your sewing machine, scrapbooking supplies, paints, paper and so on. Who knows, a room like this could inspire you to start making and selling your creations on sites like Etsy.
For those of us who work at a desk, you have the ability to work from anywhere. You’ve likely already carved out a home working space whether it’s the kitchen table or a desk in the basement or family room. But turning a free bedroom into an office goes a step beyond. It gives you the personal space you need to store files, sort mail, and charge laptops along with having permanent desk space. Your living areas can return to living and your new office gives you peace and privacy to work.
A Reading Nook
Take advantage of a spare room that receives really great light and turn it into a study or reading room. Add some floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, comfy chairs, a lamp and soft blankets and pillows to complete the look. Choose warm, soft tones to keep the vibe calm and serene. We wouldn’t turn down a candle or two either.
If your last child is out the door, you could be close to grandchildren in the future (if you don’t have them already). Turning the spare room into a kid’s room gives them their own space in your home. You and your grandkids can have fun decorating it with bright colors and fun designs. Keep it gender–neutral and make sure there is plenty of storage for toys and games.
The Ultimate Closet
Saving the best for last – turn that spare room into the ultimate closet. No matter how big traditional closets are they never seem to have enough space for all of your clothes, shoes, and accessories. A spare room that’s decked out in custom closet cabinetry makes your clothes look like they’re hanging in a department store. Add a chaise lounge and mini-fridge to make it the ultimate chic space.
Whatever you decide to transform your spare bedroom into, make sure to start with a clean slate. Your child has likely left behind as many dust mites, cobwebs, and garbage as memories. Schedule a time for The Maids to come and give it a deep, deep clean. We can clean the carpets, light fixtures, walls, baseboards and closet leaving no nook or cranny behind. We guarantee it!