Like many Americans, you may have bought a large home for your family, only to find that some of the available space is not really being used.
In fact, a study found that the average middle-class family spends 68% of their time in communal spaces, such as the kitchen and family room, while other more formal spaces were rarely occupied.
Whether you have a spare room, an unfinished basement, or an awkward nook, these are all spaces that you paid for and therefore want to make use of. But, more often than not, these spaces become dumping grounds to store random items that do not seem to belong anywhere else.
This blog will give you some tips on how to maximize space, and some ideas for converting empty rooms into spaces you are more likely to use and benefit from.
Smart Tips for Putting Extra Room to Good Use
When your spare room or space starts to become a gathering ground for odds and ends instead of family and friends, it’s time to find a new use for the space and give it some purpose.
Oversized or underused rooms are a waste of money. Why pay for space and not use it?
To maximize these spaces, there are a few things that you can do:
- Repurpose: Turn an unused space into a functional room by finishing it off, adding new features, to convert it into a whole new space – a spare bedroom, office space, or even, a private nook for yourself.
- Rearrange: Get rid of unused spaces by redesigning them, rearranging items placed in them, and perhaps bringing in new features to spruce up the place, such as bookshelves, house plants, or a home bar.
- Reorganize: Explore space-saving storage solutions to optimize available storage and free up space for other activities around the home.
Do not feel restricted by the intended design of a room. Tear down walls to expand more functional spaces, such as bathrooms. Renovate a spare room and turn it into organized storage, such as a walk-in closet. There are so many fun and creative ways to use your extra space.
5 Ways to Use That Extra Room for Something New
Unsure of what to use your extra room for? Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
1. Hobby Space
Do you ever wish that you had a dedicated space for your crafting, scrapbooking, model painting, or whatever you love to do? Why not use your spare room and create a dedicated hobby space?
Buy a craft table, install some custom storage, and give yourself a quiet place to go when you want to focus on your craft.
2. Home Office
People are working from home now more than ever before. A home office space is a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of your home and give complete attention to your work. Having a designated spot for work allows you to get into the right headspace and ignore distractions.
If you do not work from home, but you have children with a lot of school work, a home office could be a great homework and study space as well.
3. Studio Room
If you are an artist, a home studio is perfect for storing all your equipment and working on your latest projects. If you are into creating art, a home studio is a great place to let your imagination run free while you work on your masterpiece.
4. Home Gym
How convenient would it be to have a workout space in your own home? If you have a busy schedule or don’t want to pay for a gym subscription, a home gym is just what you need to maintain your health and remain active.
5. Entertainment Space
Create additional communal areas that you can use with your family, or for entertaining guests. Build a home movie theater, a playroom for the kids, or a gaming (board games or video games) area.
Avoid Unused Spaces in Your Home
When buying an existing home, be sure to assess how much space is available to you and how to maximize all of it. Plan to assign a purpose to every room so that no space is wasted or turned into a dumping ground for unused items.
Customizing your home is a great way to ensure that you do not have unused spaces.
If you are interested in building a customized home in the Dayton, Ohio area, Oberer Homes can help. With plenty of new developments and custom-building services, we have something for everyone.
Find your home with Oberer today.
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