A spare room in your home can be a blank canvas, waiting for you to add your own personal touch. Whether you’re looking to create a home office, or a relaxation haven, there are countless ways to make the most of your extra space. At Blocc, we understand the importance of making the most of every room in your home, and we’re here to offer some alternative spare room ideas to transform your space in the most stylish of ways.
For those who love curling up with a good book by a warm fire, we recommend creating your own reading sanctuary. On colder days, having a small room that’s easily heated with a woodburning stove can really be the bliss you’ve been searching for. A large reading chair is a must for this space as well as bespoke shelving to home your books.
Ultimate indulgence comes in the form of a walk-in wardrobe. If your own bedroom is lacking in storage space or getting ready for work or a night involves lots of navigating a partner or the bed, then this transformation is for you. A bespoke-made wardrobe is the best solution to optimise your space and ensure it is suited to your clothing dimensions, shoe collection and accessories. A full-length mirror is a must, as well as seating for putting shoes on or buttoning up a shirt. Use clean, bright lighting and keep interior décor minimal, so that focus remains on you and your outfit.
For those who like to prioritise their entertainment needs, turning your spare room into a home cinema will be the solution for you. However, don’t be fooled, if you want to do this right, you’re going to have to think beyond adding a sofa and a screen. You will need to consider bare minimums such as controlling outside light and how to cast a large enough picture. Our top tips for this room include limiting the use of reflective objects, using soft, cushiony seating to help reduce sound migration and painting a dark ceiling to further minimise light reflection.
Since staying home is the new going out, you might want to bring the party to you by creating your own cocktail bar. This works best if your spare room is a downstairs space. Channel your favourite bar for inspiration here, anything goes from dark moody walls to wild wallpaper or 1920s geometric shapes, mirrors, and gold finishes. Things to consider include a seating area or bar stools, storage space for drinks and strategic task lighting. Our top hack here is to upcycle an old secretarial desk into a drink’s cabinet – it will make the perfect talking point when you entertain guests!
Separating your workspace from the rest of your home will allow you to be both mentally and physically detached from your home life and help you to focus on your days’ work. Set up your desk in a spot that gets plenty of natural light as this will support your wellbeing, help to keep you feeling energised and reduce your energy consumption. Other factors to consider are use of ergonomic furniture, selecting creative art to induce thought and decorating with a neutral colour palette to minimise distraction.
We couldn’t write this article without mentioning the sanctuary of solitude, the man cave. The two most important things to consider when transforming a room into a man cave are, space to lounge and accessibility to electronics. Include a large sofa for comfort, a handsome TV console that includes discreet storage and depending on size of the room, consider doubling this room as a working from home space or gym.
Are you into yoga? Perhaps you enjoy meditation? Create a wellbeing space using soothing tones and biophilic design by working with honey colours, natural materials, and all of the plants you’ve ever wanted. Maximise on space in this room by keeping furniture choices to a minimum and use soft layers of lighting to create a calming atmosphere. A large leaner mirror will provide you with a way to check your form as well as reflecting light around the room and creating the illusion of more space within your home studio. No yoga haven would be complete without a music system and scented diffuser. Enjoy at your own bliss.
Transforming your spare room into a functional and inviting space can be a fulfilling and exciting project. By considering budget, the room’s layout, your personal style and needs, you can unleash your creativity and make the most of this overlooked space in your house. Want more interior design news and inspiration in your inbox? Subscribe to our newsletter below.