While many rooms in a house have a clear and specific purpose, such as the kitchen and bathrooms, some rooms in a house can be considered “flex rooms” that can serve more than one purpose. The room may be an unused bedroom, an extra living space, or an un-purposed basement room. You can make it a “day to day” flexible space that can serve multiple functions or you can go all-in on a special purpose room that you customize to the max. A flex room gives you options. Regardless of what you decide, there are many creative ways you can use this space. Here are 15 ideas for how to use your flex room.
Do you do a substantial amount of work at home? Perhaps you want to have a private place to pay your bills, work on your budget, and do general busywork. An office can be good for a family that needs a private space to work or wants to keep the computers in dedicated space. While a classically styled office may have a large desk and chair at the center, a more modern aesthetic may be more minimal with simpler, more functional, and less ornate furniture.
A basement with a high ceiling and a solid floor is a great place to have a gym or exercise room. For the man that likes to lift heavy, it’s easy to install a bench and weight rack. If cardio is your exercise of choice, then a treadmill or exercise bike can fit the bill. You can customize the space with padded floors, tv screens, and mirrors. Even upstairs rooms can be used for light exercise such as yoga. Good lighting and some bright colors can give the room an energetic feel.
Many people enjoy the idea of having a home theatre. You don’t need to have a huge space to make this work. If you have a room with some distance between a couple of the walls, then a TV room can work well. Dark walls and good control of the ambient light is key to a good viewing experience. Add a comfortable couch and one or two sofa seats and you will have everything you need.
Kid’s Play room
All parents can appreciate the value of a good play room. It helps to keep the everyday mess of toys, books and the like in a contained area. There are an infinite amount of customizations you can make to a potential kids play room. A great idea is to use one of the walls as a free space for them to draw and color, by covering it with a large chalkboard.
Finding a little peace and relaxation in your own home can be a great idea. You don’t need a lot of space or furniture to make this room work. It might even be desirable to have a less is more approach. Use a clean minimalist look and perhaps some small green plants, and you’ve got an ideal space for some “me” time.
If your current room doesn’t have a ton of closet space, repurposing one room for getting ready and storing clothes can be a good alternative. A full length mirror or two and bright lighting are good finishing touches.
Library or Reading Room
Are you someone you enjoys settling in with something interesting to read? Whether you enjoy reading on your tablet or a good old fashioned book, it’s nice to have a pleasant space for reading. Bookshelves to display all your favorites and maybe a few classics you aspire to read someday. Great chairs and a sofa are essentials for a comfortable reading space.
Do you frequently find yourself hosting guests from out of town? Maybe grandma and grandpa like to drop in from time to time. A guest bedroom is a simple and functional usage for an extra room. If you use a fold-out sofa bed, it can easily “flex” to some of these other usages when not in use by guests.
Arts and Crafts Room
Children who are inclined towards arts and crafts will make good use of a room dedicated to creative activities. Setup some wide desk spaces, add a few cubbies for supplies, and maybe set aside one wall for pinning up art works or sketching.
Bar or Cocktail Room
Is happy hour and entertaining dinner guests a common event in your house? If you love hosting and tending bar, then flexing your extra room into a cocktail room with a bar can be a fun idea. A minibar and some stools are easy to pull together. Adding some interesting art and pictures can create the desired decor for your home bar.
Kids’ Study Space
School age kids need a quiet space without distractions to get their work done. A well set up study room can give them the dedicated space they need that isn’t their bedroom or the dining room table.
If you’re an art lover or if you’ve got photos and art of your own to display, a gallery can be a fun addition. Athletes and hunter may enjoy a place to display their trophies. Set up some customizable track lighting so that you can illuminate whatever you have to display. This is a truly flexible room, because you can constantly change what’s hanging on your walls, and with the right furniture it can double as a reading room or lounge.
A game room can take many shapes depending on your space, amenities, and preferences. If you’ve got a lot space then bar games like pool, foosball, and darts can be an option. A board and card game configuration is a bit simpler and require less room; all you need is a good card table and some bins to store your games and cards.
A space that gets lots of natural light, can be ideal for a coffee room. A coffee table and some comfortable chairs can make for a great place to relax on a weekend morning, and enjoy reading the news. It can flex to be a reading room or a lounge for hosting guests for drinks and appetizers.
Music lovers will appreciate a space dedicated to enjoying listening to some tunes. A musician can enjoy a place to practice and play. A basement space can be ideal unless you plan on using headphones all the time. However, if you’re looking for a space to enjoy music out loud or host a party, you can set up your stereo and music collection just about anywhere. With modern technology, you can keep it minimalist and low key with digital music and wireless speakers. If you like something more retro, you can get a turntable and speakers.
Do you know what you want to do with your flex room?
A flex room has a ton of potential. Maybe you know exactly what you want it to be, or you want to stay flexible and have multiple uses available. Treasured Spaces can help you imagine and design a flex space that can meet whatever vision you have! Contact us today to get started!