Smart Ways to Use Your Spare Room

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Smart Ways to Use Your Spare Room

If you are building a bigger house with more space, you may find yourself with a spare bedroom or unused area that you aren’t sure how to fill. Elliott Hardie, the Canberra home builders known for outstanding design, quality and attention to detail, strive to create innovative modern homes that function for the whole family. We have helped hundreds of happy clients upgrade to a big, beautiful new home filled with flexible space for the modern lifestyle. If you have the luxury of a spare bedroom, don’t let it become a dumping ground or storage area for items that have no other home. With clever planning and design, you can make the most of your unused room and create useful zone that works for everyone. Here’s a few of our suggestions to fill your spare room.

Guest Bedroom

One of the most obvious things to do is to turn the room into a guest retreat. Why not go one step further then just setting up a spare bed, it’s the perfect space to be creative with colour and textures. Combine comfort and style to create a haven-inspired space where friends and family can relax when they come to stay.

Home Office

Now more than ever, working from home is a necessity and to make working from home easy and efficient, a functional zone complete with all the storage and equipment needed is essential. A dedicated home office gives you the perfect space to separate work from your home life and provides a peaceful place to concentrate and complete important tasks.

Dressing Room

Nothing says luxury like a dedicated space to store all of your clothes, shoes and accessories. However, it’s not just a storage room, a beautifully furnished room with storage, dressing table, mirrors and lighting provides a practical space to play around with different outfits and get ready for the day ahead without disturbing your bedroom.


Having a hobby is the ideal way to relax and offers an outlet from a busy work/life schedule. Whether you like to pick up a paint brush, are a seasoned sewer or like to design and create things, a studio space is guaranteed to make it much easier to involve yourself in the things you enjoy. It creates a designated area to keep all your things together so they don’t make a mess around other parts of your home.

Home Gym

Fitness is vital for overall health and wellbeing, but so many of us have little time left in the day to make it to the gym, or the excess funds needed to pay exorbitant fees at a local fitness centre. A spare bedroom is the perfect solution – simply put down some rubber mats, add in your favourite gym equipment and set up a sound system or television so you can do you workouts in the comfort of your own home.

Teenager’s Retreat

Teenagers need their own space to study, chill and entertain friends. An unused room provides an excellent opportunity to give them their own zone, so they can enjoy a little independence but still be supervised under your roof. Deck it out with a desk for homework, add a TV so they binge watch their favourite shows, include some board games and bean bags – having happy teenagers who like to hang out at home means may go a long way in keeping them out of trouble.

Kid’s Playroom

It’s also ideal to have a space for younger kids, so a playroom is one of the most popular ways to transform a spare bedroom. Kids toys are usually large, unsightly, plastic contraptions that don’t really blend well with the contemporary, minimalist aesthetic. A playroom provides a great space to keep toys and games out of sight. Add in a kids table and chairs so they can do their drawing and painting without damaging the kitchen table, and include some stylish storage so they can learn to pack up their mess as they get older.

Multipurpose Room

If you aren’t sure how best to you use your room, then don’t commit to one single idea. Make it a multi-functional area that can be used for a variety of applications. A room with a desk, sofa bed and additional storage can be used for study, sleepovers and to store games, toys and extra clothes. There are many clever furniture options that can make your spare room transition easily depending on how you want to use it from one day to the next.

Dreaming of a Spacious Family Home to Suit Your Lifestyle?

The team at Elliott Hardie will work with you to design and deliver a home that functions for your family. As experienced Canberra builders, we understand that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to home building, so we specialise in creating custom home designs that are tailored perfectly to your needs, allowing you the space to live in comfort now and into the future. To find out more or to start the process of building your new home, get in touch with us today by calling 0479 106 944. You can also visit our display home conveniently located in Strathnairn.