6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today click here

7 ideas for your spare room

PUBLISHED: 13:21 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:21 30 May 2017

Creating a sewing or crafts studio could inspire buyers (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Thinkstock)

Creating a sewing or crafts studio could inspire buyers (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Thinkstock)

Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Thinkstock

If you have a spare room, more than likely it has become an unloved dumping ground. Su Snaith of Harrison Murray estate agency has seven ideas 
to transform it into a functioning asset

If you are selling your home and have a spare room you may be sitting on a quick sale if you inject a little imagination into making the most of this sought-after extra space. Even if you are not moving, transforming it into an attractive place for work or play can reap benefits in productivity and enjoyment. It’s not every property that can boast having a spare room, and it can be an all-important space for families, home workers or those with a hobby.

For many, the spare room ends up as a bit of a dumping ground for clutter or items that don’t have their own place in the house. However, with a little thought, effort and imagination, it could be turned into a star attraction – and transform the space into something much more desirable. For sellers, it’s important to make the most of every room in the house and showing off a spare room’s potential could make the difference between someone putting in an offer or walking away.

Spare room ideas

1. Get arty by creating a studio with easel, brushes and drawing materials. Make sure the room is lit well to create the right atmosphere.

2. If you’ve been inspired by TV shows like the Great British Sewing Bee and are a dab hand at garment making, how about putting a sewing machine, work table, a couple of mannequins and some sumptuous fabrics in the room to bring it to life.

3. Musicians can use the space to display guitars or that drum set that has been gathering dust in the garage. Some themed canvas prints will set it off perfectly.

4. A novel (excuse the pun!) idea could be to gather all those books with no real place in the home, and with low cost shelving, turn the spare room into a mini library.

5. Ditch the pricey gym membership and set up a home gym. A few items of equipment, a yoga mat or weights can create a great environment to work out in – and save on the drive to the gym too.

6. There aren’t many households these days that don’t have the odd gaming device or two. How about investing in some funky chairs and turning the space into a games hub? A big hit with gamers of all ages.

7. You may already use the spare room as a makeshift office but by decluttering and creating a peaceful, organised and bright working space it will have more appeal to those who wish to work from home.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hertfordshire visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hertfordshire staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hertfordshire account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Homes & Gardens

Friday, May 11, 2018

You’ll find surprises and secrets in the stunning and historically important gardens at St Paul’s Walden Bury

Read more
May 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

When fate intervened, Nichola Trayler-Barbrook seized a golden opportunity to transform a barn conversion near Ware into a stunning home

Read more
May 2018
Monday, April 9, 2018

Figures from Lloyds Bank show house prices in St Albans have risen by almost half in 10 years

Read more
April 2018

Rapidly rising as an innovative, solutions-focussed designer, Hertford-based Stacey Hewett is creating stunning interiors, including this listed Hertford apartment

Read more
April 2018
Monday, March 5, 2018

The romance of a grand inn on the old Great North Road led to a couple abandoning a new build and setting to work restoring a piece of Herts’ history

Read more
March 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018

This Grade II listed manor has more than meets the eye

Read more
February 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Add colour to your garden now with the top flowers of March and this season will be all the brighter

Read more
Monday, February 5, 2018

During January and February, elusive little white signs of spring pop up around the county in the form of snowdrops. We have gathered some of the best places to go for a snowdrop walk in Hertfordshire

Read more
Monday, February 5, 2018

Compared to an aria by its developer, an opulent new build in Hadley Wood certainly hits the high notes. Pat Bramley takes a tour of the £5.5m trophy home

Read more
February 2018
Monday, January 29, 2018

Colour and interest in the garden isn’t confined to the warmer months of the year. Philippa Pearson chooses her favourite flowers, foliage, stems and bark to brighten winter

Read more
January 2018
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Job search in your local area

Local Business Directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search