An extra bedroom is one of the few things apartment dwellers everywhere dream of. It’s so much more than an additional amount of space — it’s also an opportunity to be creative with its use. And while it’s certainly helpful to have the extra space just in case a guest sleeps over, the reality is that you’re not going to have guests routinely staying the night.
So what should you do if you’re lucky enough to have a guest bedroom in your apartment? Here are the top five ways to use a guest bedroom other than for guests.
The most obvious thing to do with your extra bedroom is to use it as a home office. This can be especially handy if you work from home on certain days or if you’re entirely self-employed. Remember that even if you rent, you can still take a deduction on your taxes if you dedicate a space in your home to work. You can also deduct any electricity, internet, and phone expenses related to your home office.
Set your home office up for success by picking out a comfortable desk and a filing system for any papers or documents you may need to organize. Hang up a chalkboard or a dry erase board to help remind you of upcoming meetings, to-do lists, and things you need to remember throughout the week.
The best part about creating a separate space for a home office is that at the end of each day, you’ll be able to shut the door and not have to look at your work computer until the next morning or the following Monday.
An extra bedroom can also make the ideal home gym. Get the treadmill or elliptical out of the living room and gather all of your weights and yoga mats into one room to give yourself some more space to get your sweat on. Organize your free weights and resistance bands on wall-mounted racks or pegboards.
Hang up a wall of mirrors to perfect your form, and keep plenty of towels and water around to complete your work-out oasis.
Giant Walk-In Closet
If you’re a bit of a clotheshorse and you never thought that any walk-in closet could contain your collection, you might want to consider turning your extra bedroom into an enormous walk-in closet.
Instead of using your measly apartment closet to hang up all of your shirts, pants, dresses, and organize your shoes, why not elegantly display everything in your spare bedroom? Purchase a few racks to hang up your clothes, throw down a large, luxurious rug, and put in a large vanity to make the room extra glamorous. Your clothes and accessories have never been happier.
Sure, your living room television is fine, but it doesn’t quite give you the experience of going to the movie theater. If you’re a big film buff and watching movies on the weekends is your thing, you should use your extra bedroom to create the ultimate home theater.
Start by hanging up a projection screen on a large wall, buy a couple of comfy recliners, and work in a popcorn machine to really set the scene. Hang up posters of your all-time favorite movies, buy a mini fridge, and fill it with your favorite refreshments. A home theater is the best spot to host movie nights and spend your weekends alone in epic fashion.
Are you crafty? Is all of your crafty stuff spread out throughout your home? Creating a specific space for all of your crafting activities like knitting, embroidering, sewing, painting, or pottery could help clear up some real estate in your living or dining areas and give you an area to really spread your wings.
To start, buy a large crafting table that you can put in the middle of the room so that you can have a dedicated space to work. You can also use vertical storage to stow materials like yarn, fabric, glue, markers, and anything else you might need for your hobby.
The best part about creating an area for your crafting hobby is that if you make a big mess (which is pretty likely when you’re in the middle of a big project), you can always shut the door and forget about it until next time. In other words, you won’t have to apologize for the materials strewn about the apartment ever again.