25 Smart, Inspiring Ways to Use a Spare Bedroom

A rarely used guest room that sits vacant most of the time is ripe for repurposing. Stop wasting your spare room, or worse yet, filling it with junk and using it for storage. Instead, transform that extra space into a pleasant spot for rest, relaxation, hobbies, and fun.

  1. Let Your Imagination Run Wild

    1/26
    Uses for a spare bedroom

    If you're lucky enough to have an unused bedroom, you've got a blank canvas that's brimming with potential. Jazz up that spare space and make it more functional—or just more fun. For inspiration, check out these 25 creative and unexpected uses for a spare bedroom. One is sure to capture your imagination.

    istockphoto.com

  2. Airbnb Your Space

    2/26
    Airbnb spare bedroom

    Rake in a few extra bucks during the year by renting out your guest room through Airbnb. Outfit the space with essentials like towels, toiletries, and toilet paper, and make sure your home's Wi-Fi password is prominently displayed.

    abeautifulmess.com

  3. Get Crafty

    3/26
    Craft room in spare bedroom

    If crafting and creating is your jam, your maker space should reflect your imaginative personality. With smart choices of furnishings, storage accessories, and lighting, even the tiniest of rooms can become a bright and airy space for transforming ideas into reality.

    Related: 8 Things You Didn't Know a Clothes Iron Can Do

    abeautifulmess.com

  4. Work It!

    4/26
    Home office in spare bedroom

    Guess what? No rule says that your spare room has to be able to accommodate guests. Let work be the focus of the space by turning it into a dedicated, ultra-organized, and beautiful home office.

    polishedhabitat.com

  5. Study Up

    5/26
    Study room in spare bedroom

    Doing homework at the kitchen table is so passé. Create a space where kids and teens can concentrate on their after-school projects with all the necessary tools and supplies at the ready.

    Related: Too Cool for School: 9 Ways to Bring Home Classroom Style

    refinedroomsllc.com

  6. Space for Crafts and Guests

    6/26
    Guest room and craft room in spare bedroom

    A craft room need not be cluttered and uninviting—and it can still double as a guest bedroom in a pinch. The blogger at Home to Heather designed a space that's perfect for both crafts and guests by placing an eclectic creative nook next to a cozy vintage-style sleeping area. 

    hometoheather.com

  7. Home Office with a Cozy Vibe

    7/26
    Cozy home office in spare bedroom

    This midcentury modern-inspired home office features bright pops of color and cleverly reimagined closet space. Roomy bookshelves and a filing cabinet provide plenty of storage, and the spacious desk offers enough room for two to work side by side.

    danslelakehouse.com

  8. Set Up a Studio

    8/26
    Artist studio in spare bedroom

    Even the smallest extra bedroom can give you space to express yourself artistically. Place an easel or a drafting table in a bright nook, hang shelves or bring in a cabinet for storage, and you're ready to create. If the room is big enough, you can even pull in a comfortable couch or sofa bed for overnight guests. 

    istockphoto.com

  9. Bring On the Books!

    9/26
    Book room in spare bedroom

    Have you ever dreamed of twirling around in your own private library, surrounded by towering bookshelves, like Belle from "Beauty and the Beast"? If you don't have the square footage for a traditional living room library, your spare bedroom is the next best thing. Line the walls with shelving and save a corner for the comfiest chair you can afford.

    Related: Library Ladders: Reaching New Heights at Home

    istockphoto.com

  10. Rock On

    10/26
    Music room in spare bedroom

    Practice guitar, jam with friends, or compose your first hit song in a room dedicated to music. Lay down thick carpeting to soak up sound, and add a few comfortable floor cushions for musically inclined visitors.

    istockphoto.com

  11. Start Your Garden

    11/26
    Start seeds in spare bedroom

    Gardening enthusiasts who lack the space or budget for a greenhouse can cultivate seedlings in their spare room from the waning days of winter through early spring. Buy ready-made shelving or DIY your own, and outfit them with light fixtures appropriate for nurturing baby plants.

  12. Sweat It Out

    12/26
    Home gym in spare bedroom

    Whether you practice yoga, run, or do strength training, you'll be more motivated, better disciplined, and more excited about your workouts if you establish a dedicated exercise space. So, get moving! Drag that treadmill out of the basement or family room, and quit using it to hold dirty laundry. 

    istockphoto.com

  13. All About Play

    13/26
    Kids playroom in spare bedroom

    Turning your spare room into your kids' playroom will let you declutter the rest of your house and keep toys under control. Have fun with the project by customizing the room to suit your children's interests and style.

    istockphoto.com

  14. Spoil Your Pet

    14/26
    Pet room in spare bedroom

    You may have to evict Fido from his bedroom lair when guests arrive, but all the other days of the year, your furry friend can enjoy a private pet sanctuary. Include your pet’s favorite toys, and don’t forget to adorn the walls with dog- or cat-themed art.

    Related: 10 Over-the-Top Ways to Pamper Your Pet

    istockphoto.com

  15. Play Games

    15/26
    Game room in spare bedroom

    Board game aficionados know that the kitchen table is often the worst place to settle in for a marathon dice-based battle—the table is cramped and often too small, and the seating is uncomfortable. When you set up a dedicated game room, you can furnish it with cozy chairs and an expansive table that can accommodate large boards. If you're an enthusiastic gamer, set up a console corner with beanbag chairs. And for a luxe touch, add a mini-fridge filled with game-night beverages.

    istockphoto.com

  16. Strike a Pose

    16/26
    Zen room in spare bedroom

    Close your eyes. Inhale. Exhale. Sure, yoga can be done anywhere you can lay down a mat, but it’s infinitely more soothing to stretch your limbs in a room devoted to relaxation. Add a small console table for Zen-inspired decor, and use a diffuser to set the mood.

    istockphoto.com

  17. A Real Walk-In Closet

    17/26
    Walk-in closet in spare bedroom

    If your closet is cluttered and cramped, why not migrate your clothes to a spacious new space—that underused spare room? With careful organization and a few storage accessories, you can turn your spare room into a luxurious walk-in closet.

    Related: 12 Ways You May Be Wasting Closet Space

    istockphoto.com

  18. Brainstorm Away

    18/26
    Idea room in spare bedroom

    Whether you’re a writer or an entrepreneur, having a safe space to work out your ideas is invaluable. Refashion your spare room into an office with whiteboards and plenty of empty wall space where you can map out your thoughts and get your creative juices flowing.

    istockphoto.com

  19. Belly Up to the Bar

    19/26
    Home bar in spare bedroom

    Do you love to entertain but lack the space to do it in style? Swap the traditional guest bedroom for a discreet bar and lounge space where guests can gather and mingle at your next dinner party.

    istockphoto.com

  20. Maximize Utility

    20/26
    Work and sleep combo spare bedroom

    Make efficient use of an extra bedroom by combining a work space with a cozy sleep corner. For the greatest versatility, incorporate a hideaway bed and easy-to-move pieces.

    Related: The 9 Best Lighting Picks for Your Bedroom

    istockphoto.com

  21. Expand the Bathroom

    21/26
    Bathroom renovation into spare bedroom

    Is your useless spare bedroom right next to a cramped bathroom? Think bigger! Create a spa-worthy retreat by tearing down a wall, expanding the space, and adding indulgent touches like a freestanding tub or sauna. 

    Related: 15 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big

    istockphoto.com

  22. Sew Great

    22/26
    Sewing room spare bedroom

    Don’t feel obliged to sacrifice a corner of your bedroom or a section of a dingy basement for your sewing needs. Equip your extra room with a sewing machine, storage for notions, and a generous worktable, and you'll have a cheerful space fit for an accomplished sewist.

    istockphoto.com

  23. Store with Style

    23/26
    Storage room in spare bedroom

    Is your home short on storage space? Outfit your spare bedroom with furniture pieces that offer a variety of storage possibilities. Store linens in an antique armoire, stash rarely used tableware in a dresser, or invest in a captain's bed and stow away bulky winter clothing in the drawers.

    istockphoto.com

  24. Lights, Camera, Action!

    24/26
    Home theater in spare bedroom

    Turn that extra bedroom into a home movie theater. With a big-screen TV, ultra-comfortable seating, and a few bags of popcorn, you'll be all set to enjoy your favorite flicks. For a real cinema experience, spring for a video projector and a surround sound system.

    istockphoto.com

  25. Bon Appétit!

    25/26
    Dining room in spare bedroom

    If a formal dining room is on your wish list but you're stuck with something less grand, think about using your spare room for  dining. All you need is a table and chairs, and some dining room-appropriate decor to transform the space.

    istockphoto.com

  26. Mix and Match

    26/26
    Multi-purpose spare bedroom

    Nothing is stopping you from taking two or more of the ideas described above and creating a room that serves multiple purposes. Combine a yoga studio and library into a single space for meditation and reading. Set up a home office, but also use it for reading and creating. Add movie-style seating to a playroom to turn your spare bedroom into a fun-filled family theater. 

    istockphoto.com

  27. Don't Miss!

    1pixel

    Today's artificial Christmas trees are looking more lifelike than ever! Spring for an artificial Christmas tree this year, and you could save significant cash on your holiday decorating costs for years to come. Click through to see our top picks.