9 Spare Bedroom Ideas for Your Home

November 14, 2023 1 minute
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If you’re reading this, you’ve probably got a spare room that has become the dumping ground for things you rarely use or can’t bear to part with.

It’s a common occurrence, especially if you don’t have lots of room for storage in your home. A spare bedroom can offer so much more than just extra room for things you’ll never use and you never know - your new room might just add value to your home.

If your home has a vacant space that you just don’t know what to do with, we’re here to help. Below are our top 10 spare bedroom ideas designed to help you create an exciting, practical new space in the home. 

9 Spare Bedroom Ideas For Your Home

Ready to turn your spare bedroom into an entirely new space? Here's some great ideas to get you started:

1. Walk In Wardrobe

A walk-in closet is both a real symbol of luxury and a truly practical space. By turning your spare room into a walk-in wardrobe or dressing room, you’re also freeing up space around the home where you would otherwise store clothes, accessories and beauty products.

While no data suggests a walk-in wardrobe improves the property of your value, it is a highly desirable property feature that may help your house sell faster with certain buyers.

2. Home Office

In the era of remote or hybrid working, a home office has become more desirable than ever. This type of space is particularly important for people that work from home, facilitating a better work-life balance by creating a space separate from the rest of the house dedicated solely to work.

A home office might not just be for adults either. It can be a great space for kids doing homework or revision, giving them a space to concentrate in that is free from distractions.

As the home office trend grows in popularity, there’s plenty of interior design inspiration you can find online to make sure the space is both practical and aesthetically pleasing.

3. Guest Bedroom

Instead of just having a ‘spare’ bedroom, why not create a dedicated guest bedroom? If you’re someone who regularly hosts family or friends, giving the space a dedicated purpose will stop you from using the room for storage.

Aside from being a practical feature, a guest bedroom is also a great opportunity to take on a new interior design project. Bedrooms offer plenty of room for creativity, giving you the chance to introduce an entirely new theme or palette into your home.

4. Kids Playroom

An easy choice for any parents reading that have mountains of toys, books or art supplies scattered around the house. A playroom is a great use of a spare bedroom, giving your child a dedicated area for play without cluttering up other rooms.

You’ll want to consider adding plenty of storage that is all at an appropriate height which can help facilitate independent play for your child - an important part of learning and development.

A playroom also means children can have larger items - such as easels, drawing tables or larger play sets - all setup and ready to use immediately. In terms of decorating, make sure that everything is easy to clean and there’s plenty of free space for maximum fun.

5. Reading Room

If you have lots of books and nowhere to put them, you might want to consider a reading room. This is a great way to create a ‘chilled’ area in the home for both adults and children, free of screens or other distractions.

Make sure to fill your reading room with plenty of cosy furniture and accessories to create a relaxed vibe.

6. Home Cinema

Love a trip to the cinema but not sure about the price of popcorn these days? Why not create a home cinema in your spare bedroom? Installing a projector is an easy way to make efficient use of the space you have available and leaves plenty of room for a comfy spot to enjoy your favourite movie. =

A home cinema - much like a walk-in wardrobe - is still regarded as a luxury feature in the home and will make your property much more desirable for buyers.

7. Craft Room

Thinking about setting up a side hustle? Have you discovered a secret passion for painting or crocheting? A craft room might be the perfect alternative to a spare bedroom. Plenty of us discovered new talents or hobbies during the pandemic and having a dedicated space is a great way to make sure you keep at it.

As usual, you’ll want plenty of storage for all of your supplies and as few distractions as possible.

This is one of the most flexible ideas on our list and covers a range of different uses - from art to music or photography.

8. Home Gym

If you’re ready to ditch the gym membership, you might want to consider a home gym. As the trend grew in popularity during the pandemic there was a huge rise in space-efficient, high-quality home fitness gear entering the market.

While you might not have room for a squat rack, smaller machines such as exercise bikes, portable resistance-band machines and dumbbell sets can help you perform a full workout without ever facing the dreaded journey to the gym.

9. Games Room

More people than ever are regularly playing board games and video games so why not dedicate a room to it? If you’re an avid collector of the classics or want a place to play with friends, a games room is a fun alternative to a spare bedroom.

Turning your spare bedroom into a games room also gives you more room to have fun with your interior design, naturally allowing for more exciting or eccentric furniture choices.


Chloe is a member of the Platform Home Ownership Marketing Team. Bringing you the newest trends shaping the property market, insightful tips on shared ownership, and exciting updates on Platform Home Ownership.