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.

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