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LIFESTYLE

Convert your spare room into a space that works for you

7 October 2021

Having a spare room seems like an enviable luxury – and it is. But in the absence of guests, our spare rooms often become closed-door ‘storage’ rooms where miscellaneous items and unused suitcases are banished. If you want to give your spare room a new purpose, here are five great ideas.

Turn it into a home office

With more of us working from home than ever before, it’s the perfect time to transform that neglected room into a stylish home office that can still serve as a storage space. Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry along one wall will keep all of your bits and pieces organised and out of sight. If you’ve got the floor space, choose a design with extra depth so you can create room for larger and more unsightly items such as sports equipment. Can’t find a desk to suit your style? “Console tables can make stunning statement desks, especially if you don’t need the built-in drawers,” suggests interior stylist Fiona Gould. If you’ve got floorboards, invest in a mat to sit under your desk chair to avoid scratches.

Build the ultimate play room

If you’ve got children, you’ll be familiar with the never-ending cycle of putting toys away, especially when they’re in the background of your video call. Creating a designated toy room will put an end to the chase, and making them disappear in a hurry is as easy as closing the door. A colourful (but durable) floor rug and a coat of easily washable, stain-resistant satin or semi-gloss paint on the walls will make for a child-proof play room. Your feet will be relieved to see Lego confined to those four walls.

Invest in a dressing room

Shopaholics, fashionistas and shoe lovers should seriously consider a dressing room. Sure, it sounds indulgent, but if you don’t have a walk-in wardrobe and your bedroom is tight on space, it’s a far more affordable solution than renovating. “You’ll want to make sure your cupboards have a combination of hanging space, drawers for intimates and underwear, and open shelves for shoes and handbags,” says Fiona.

Get creative with a home studio

Over the past two years, many of us have picked up new hobbies, or embraced the home workout. Whether you’re picking up the paint brush or getting crafty with clay, or you just need a quiet space for yoga and Pilates, a home studio is for you. It’s a chance to prioritise the things that bring joy to your day by giving them their very own space in the home. According to Fiona, it’s also a place you can try new things. “The home studio is a great opportunity to be a little more experimental in design: embrace your favourite colours and patterns in fun wallpaper and unexpected window finishings,” she says.

Make sure your spare room is covered

If you make additions to your home — like new storage furniture for a playroom, or computer equipment for a home office — you’ll want to know your Contents Insurance coverage extends to those new items. Review your sum insured to ensure it’s enough to cover everything you want covered, in case the unexpected occurs.

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