Because we’re all spending a lot more time at home lately, you may have noticed that your space has a few shortcomings. Unless you’re Melinda Gates, you probably don’t have as much square footage as you wish you did. Maybe you lack your own office, or perhaps your kids have recently grown out of sharing a bedroom.
If you’re in this fix, don’t despair! In this article, I’ll discuss some thrifty, eco-friendly ways to transform the unused space in your home into the attractive, functional rooms you’ve been dreaming of.
#1: Linen Closet to Office
Linen closets were great to have in the ‘50s, but these days, who has time to launder a million different sets of sheets? If your linen closet is a rather low-traffic part of your home, why not put it to a better use, like turning it into a home office?
This kind of light renovation is easier to complete than you’d think. All you need to do is:
- Remove the linen closet’s door
- Take out the closet’s lower and middle shelves
- Mount a space-saving folding desk
- Add an office chair (or stool, if you don’t have space for a full chair)
I suggest keeping the upper shelves in place, as these are great for holding files, envelopes, printers, and other necessary office supplies. To jazz up the space, paint the back of the closet a bright, cheerful color, such as teal or yellow. Boom: you’re living in an Apartment Therapy Instagram story!
#2: Attic or Loft to Guest Bedroom
Converting a loft space into an extra bedroom doesn’t take much, although you’ll want to make sure that your roof is sufficiently insulated and your guests will have enough headroom.
Once those essential elements are in place, you can begin the fun phase of an attic conversion project—the decorating. Right now, I’m crazy about guest bedrooms that feature:
- Food-scented candles
- Soothing monochromatic color schemes
- Floor-length oversized curtains
For your guests’ comfort, consider investing in a hybrid mattress, such as the Layla Hybrid Mattress. Hybrid mattresses are ideal for guest bedrooms because they have both a soft and a firm side.
Once you know your guest’s preference, you can flip the mattress to accommodate their sleep preferences. Be warned: this will get you a reputation for being an amazing host. Expect plenty of visitors to follow!
#3: Dining Room to Office/Library
Do you actually use your dining room, or do you and your family prefer the kitchen table? If your dining room table is perpetually covered in clutter, put it out of its misery! Stop pretending that you like to dine in there and change this room into a combination office/library.
Once you’ve stowed the dining room table in the garage (or sold it online for some renovation cash), you’ll have lots of room for:
- A children’s homework station, aka a long laptop shelf with colorful stools
- A charming reading nook
- Floor-to-ceiling shelves, filled with your favorite books, crafting necessities, and gift-wrapping supplies
- A desk for you or your spouse
Best of all, if you have to host a big Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, you can always stow the desk in the garage and bring back that dining room table.
#4: Walk-in Closet to Baby’s Bedroom
If you’ve got a baby coming and you’re short on space, you may have to sacrifice something big: your walk-in closet. Walk-in closets make fantastic nurseries because they’re a decent size and are conveniently located in your bedroom.
This idea may give you pause, but remember, converting your walk-in closet into a nursery is a lot less expensive than building a nursery addition onto your house. The process of clearing out your closet may be annoying, but an armoire or some extra shelving should help you to make space for all the clothing you need to find new places for.
Once that’s done, you’ll have all the time you need to create a wonderful sanctuary for your little one.
#5: Basement to Rec Room
Do you love your kids but wish that, well, they’d get out of your hair more often? A basemen-to-rec-room conversion might be the best thing you’ve ever done for your home (and your sanity.) Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Finish your basement, if it’s not finished already
- Put any clutter into storage
- Use clever design tricks to make the room look brighter
- Add some kid-friendly furniture and whimsical wallpaper
Unused Space = Opportunities
Hopefully, this article has inspired you to see the unused space in your home differently. With a little effort, you can turn them into your favorite places in the house. All it takes is patience, some cute paint colors, and old-fashioned sweat equity!
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.