When we built our new home, I finally had a luxury I’d never had before. No, not the freestanding soaking tub, although that’s pretty terrific. Instead, it’s a– guest bedroom! How easy and fun it is to welcome family and friends overnight now that we don’t have to displace the boys from their rooms to accommodate guests. One extra bedroom makes a big difference for our family!

But, unlike me, you may have extra bedrooms you actually don’t need.

guest bedroom map wallpaper

Ways to use an extra bedroom

Maybe you’re a couple that’s begun emptying the nest, or a young couple just growing into your home purchase. You find yourself with an extra bedroom or two that’s not a child’s bedroom anymore–or yet. Sure, it can be a guest bedroom (I adore mine!) But hmmm, what else COULD it be…?

Home gym

A home gym is on everyone’s wish list, right? Turning a spare bedroom into a designated workout space makes perfect sense.  First, refresh the room with paint–maybe an energizing color or a chalkboard motivation wall as I did for this client. Then, with just some basic equipment and a little storage, you’re much more likely to keep to a fitness routine than if you have to drag equipment out of your closet or from under your bed! Need some inspiration? Just call me!

home gym


This grandmother needed a retreat and her own space for her own projects. A spare bedroom filled the bill!  With new easy care flooring, exuberant color choices and strategic use of furniture and accessories she already had (plus a few new things), Mimi is all set.  She can relax, read, surf the internet, or even work–all in her own special spot.

home office

home office

Home office

A home office has become mainstream as more and more of us work from home. An extra bedroom easily converts to a workspace, and being able to close the door for privacy when video conferencing is key.  Whether your setup is basic, with computer desk, chair, and lighting…

home office

…or involves a complete remodel with built-ins and ceiling treatment (I’ve done both for clients), the important thing is that it works for your telecommuting needs. Do you need seating for visitors or clients? Be sure to plan for it.

mens home office ideas


man cave home office decor

Hobby room

Who wouldn’t love a personalized hobby space in a spare bedroom? My client wanted functional, cozy, and colorful–and that’s what she got. When you’re planning a special room for your downtime interests or side gig , consider how you’ll use the room. Do you need your materials visible where you can be inspired by them, or organized in closed storage so you can focus? How much table space do you need? If there’s carpet, would a change to washable flooring be better?

home office workspace design ideas


When is a spare bedroom not just a spare bedroom? After it’s been redesigned into a colorful playroom and special sleepover spot for the grandchildren in the family. When the sleeper sofa is closed up, there’s plenty of room for the kids to spread out their toys. We included lots of storage for playthings and pj’s in the plan.

“Ah,” you say.  “If only I had a spare bedroom to repurpose!” One client’s solution for that dilemma was this: we redesigned one bedroom for the sisters to share so that the other bedroom could become their playroom!

sisters' bedroom

A winning result for what became the spare bedroom!

sisters' playroom

Not finished dreaming? How about a

media room

in the spare bedroom?

star wars media room

Or even a

music room

music room

How about you? Do you have big plans for a spare bedroom at your house?  I’d love to help you!

I offer a complimentary, no-strings-attached phone call consultation.


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