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Tips for Adding More Functionality to Your Home

A house is not a home without the laughter, love, and memories that a family brings inside. Transformed one busy day at a time, your home is a mirror of the life you are building, every room a chapter in a story that only your family can tell. That’s why it’s so important that each space has a clear and specific purpose, making it easy to maximize every square foot of living space to make home your favorite place to be. Yet, nearly every family struggles with rooms that are a jack-of-all-trades, which offer temporary solutions for unexpected needs, or becoming melting pots of activity that unfolds no matter what the plan. And before you know it, that spare bedroom, bonus room, or extra garage space is less than organized, yet just waiting to be used, but you can’t seem to find the right spare room ideas to make a change.

Perhaps your spare bedroom has been doubling as a storage area where you put everything you aren’t quite sure what to do with. It’s the stuff you don’t have time to figure out but need to put somewhere. Maybe your bonus room décor is the well-loved furniture you used to have in your family room, and, while it’s in decent shape, it isn’t the look you’re going for. Or maybe part of your garage is so full of random things that you’ve given up trying to get them organized, but you want to access that area for something new.

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Even though you know you need a change, it’s hard to decide what to do with an extra room. The great news is that regardless of the size or space, there is always an opportunity to make better use of every inch of your home.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to improving the efficiency and functionality in your home, but knowing where to start can be a bit overwhelming. And believe us when we tell you we understand! We work with thousands of homeowners just like you who have no idea what to do with spare room space. We guide them through how to transform overlooked spaces by reimagining the rooms they have into the organized, well-designed, and on-trend spaces they’ll love. Our proprietary design software is the tool that brings it all to life, helping you visualize a variety of unique spare room ideas, so you know exactly how the space will look before it’s even built!

Did you Know?

The Center on Everyday Lives of Families at the University of California found that the average family uses only 68% of its space.

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Spare Bedroom Ideas

If you find yourself wondering what to do with a spare bedroom, let’s step back and consider a typical guest bedroom. A room meant to welcome guests just a few times a year, it’s a space that acts as a temporary drop zone for items that don’t have a dedicated home. Full of things you know you need, but will deal with later, it’s a magnet for clutter that tempts you to keep the door closed. But what if that room were totally empty, and you could do anything you wanted with every square inch? A blank canvas waiting for you to use in the way that suits your family best. Whether it’s a boutique closet or a home office, this guest bedroom can go from a rarely used and overly cluttered space to one that you use in just the right way. Here are some ideas for a spare room.

A Walk-in Closet to Organize Your Things

Our professional design experts will help you learn about your custom organization options, offering insight on which solutions might work best for your space. Perhaps you’ll do best with shelves for folded items like sweaters and jeans, or maybe you’d prefer double hanging rods to store clothing like shirts and dresses.

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Want to stop finding shoes all over the house, and instead, house them all in one place? Our exclusive Inspired Closets Shoe Shrine® offers the much-needed adjustability to organize and display boots, sneakers, and heels.

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Hanging and shelving storage adds functionality to an open closet

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A Home Office to Get
Things Done

If you work from home, deciding what to do with a spare bedroom is easy because it’s a great place for a home office. Space bedroom ideas focused on a home office help to create a dedicated space to spread out your work materials, helping you stay motivated by minimizing distractions and unnecessary interruptions.

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The first step toward this work-from-home oasis is to define the work area. Along with choosing a desk you’ll love, updating the storage to stylish and functional options will make it the perfect place for filing documents and storing supplies. And if you have the space, incorporating a library is a wonderful way to bring a peaceful retreat for everyone to relax in and enjoy.

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Bonus Room Ideas

If you’re not sure what a bonus room is, you’re not alone. A bonus room is a room or an open area without a clear or intended purpose, like a basement, rec room, or finished attic. Often outfitted with a mix of furniture previously used in other rooms, bonus rooms lack an obvious or intended purpose when built, and thus, they might not be used or enjoyed as much as they could. The good news is that a bonus room is all about flexibility, offering a world of possibilities, with the ability to naturally evolve as your family’s needs change. Here are a couple of extra-room ideas to create a bonus room that your family will regularly use and enjoy.

Family-Friendly Craft Room

Are you tired of pulling out wrapping paper or art supplies from the closet and taking over the kitchen table? What if you could turn a portion (or all) of your bonus room space into a creative workstation? With a few intentional design features, you can create a craft corner that encourages the entire family to enjoy their favorite hobbies while staying organized.

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a craft storage solution can help add functionality in your home

Our design experts can provide practical organization features, such as rods for craft paper or fabric rolls, or open shelving to hold baskets for all your crafting essentials. Have you ever gone to the store to purchase new supplies, and later found what you were looking for in a bag full of items you meant to put away? When designed with custom features uniquely for you, your craft room will be intuitively organized making it easy to sit down and create for the day. With thoughtful design, a bonus room transformed into ideas like a craft area can be one of your favorite rooms in the house!

A Dual-Use Playroom the
Kids Will Love

Still deciding what to do with your bonus room, and struggling to find a great place for the occasional guest? It’s time to consider a dual-use space with daily use in mind. Say goodbye to tripping over toys on the way to the kitchen, and hello to a playroom that can handle it all.

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One of the cool things to create from an empty room, which everyone will love, a playroom is a great place to inspire your child’s creativity and imagination. A playroom that can double as a guest room when needed will leave you wondering how you ever lived without such a fun space for everyone to enjoy. We’ll work with you to identify the items you want to store, and then incorporate organized features into your playroom design that make them easy to store. Shallow drawers are perfect for small toys (Legos and Barbies) while larger toys fit best into deep drawers. Both will serve as “catch-all” bins, making it easy for your kids to find their favorite toys, and even easier to put them all away at the end of the day. And a hanging rod for dress-up clothes can be a great way to encourage imaginative play (goodbye, wrinkled princess dresses!).

Murphy Bed That Doubles
Your Space

Last, but not least, a Murphy bed for occasional guests and sleepovers ensures that there’s plenty of room for everyone to play and sleep.

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Transforming Spaces: One Room, Three Ways

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Murphy beds are a great way to add storage but easily entertain guests

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Craft stations are a great when looking to add functionality for kids projects

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Charcoal White

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Ridge Maple Swatch

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Extra Garage Space Ideas

You might be surprised to learn that garages are often among the least-efficient spaces in the home. Originally designed for cars, tools, lawn equipment, bikes and more, they can make it hard to look beyond the obvious ideas. Yet, when you imagine the space a little differently, it’s exciting to think about just how transformative this space can be. When you take a fresh look at your garage as an extension of your living space and ask yourself what to do with the spare room, you’ll be delighted to open new opportunities for reimagined space inside your home, too.

A Hangout Spot to Socialize

If you have teens, there’s a good chance you already know what to do with a spare room, but you just might not know where to put it. Teens are always looking for a place to hang out with friends, and your garage could be the perfect spot. Under your roof, but open for fun, with a little preparation, your home will quickly become the place to be.

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Rethink a garage solution by considering it a hangout for kids

We’ll work with you to design the proper solutions for your traditional garage needs, freeing up new space to use in a completely different way. And when you incorporate a TV with storage cabinets below, you’re creating a space for teens to watch their favorite sports teams, stream shows and movies, and play video games. Your kids will love having their own space to hang out, you’ll love knowing they are home, and the sound of all that laughter will fill you up.

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Add functionality to your garage by using sliding doors to hid the bulk items

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A Home Gym for
Getting Fit

Want to get in shape, but aren’t interested in losing time spent driving to and from the gym, or dealing with the inevitable monthly contract? Then it’s time to pivot and start working out at home. Because it’s easier said than done, the first question our clients ask is “Where will I find the space?”

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And our first answer is “Let’s look at your garage!” With a home gym, you can work out in the comfort of your own home whenever you want, and with an efficient design, it’s one of those extra-room ideas that has an instant impact on your daily routine. The first thing we will do is identify what your workout preferences are, so we’ll know what kind of equipment you’ll be using, and which accessories you’ll need to store. Then, we’ll design a home gym solution that works. Love yoga? We’ll add custom flooring to provide an even surface for you to roll out your mats and work through your poses. All about strength training and have weights to store? We’ll incorporate space for dumbbell racks keeping the floor space open. We can even design space for a mirror, so that you can easily see your form. And if you use resistance bands or jump ropes, we’ll make sure you’ve got slatwall and hooks to manage it all.

It’s challenging to decide what to do with underutilized spaces that are usually less than organized. Whether you want to design a boutique closet, get crafting, create a playroom or extra hangout spot for your teens, get active in your home gym, or anything else you might want to explore, we have the expertise to bring your ideas to life. When you use every square inch of your home with an intended purpose and adding your personal style to every design, your family and friends will find there really is no place like home. Complete this form, and we’ll reach out to get started.

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