How to Design & Create the Ideal Spare Bedroom

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Spare rooms are often the most neglected room of any home. As we don’t spend any time lounging or working in them, they frequently get piled up with junk and miscellaneous items that really ought to have been left at the dump some time ago. However, if you have big plans for your spare room – or indeed, none at all – then here are a few ways that you can spruce up your bonus room.

Plan First

Have a think about what your dream spare bedroom would look like: would it have wooden floors, a particular color scheme, or be chic and minimalist? Whichever look you settle upon, be sure to plan as much of this as possible. Consider the following:

  • How much flooring or wooden panels will you need? 
  • How many liters of paint will be needed to cover your wall space? (you will need to work out the dimensions of your room first). 
  • Will you be using wallpaper? If so, will you need peel-off paper (this is most frequently used in rental properties, to ensure that you get your deposit back.) 
  • Will you need spackling paste to cover up any damage as a result of pulling out nails and taking down units?
  • Will you need hooks and screws to secure shelving?
  • Curtain rails: will you need a new one, or will you reuse your old style? 

Your basic DIY kit should be ordered after you’ve figured out how you’re going to design the room. Once you’ve done this, you can make a bulk order from supply sites such as Tradefix Direct. This enables you to get everything at once and get on with purchasing fixtures and design features.

Just A Bedroom?

When planning to redecorate your spare room, it’s worth considering other options – as opposed to just turning it into an extra bedroom. For example, you may want a study, or maybe even a leisure room instead. You may not have much need for a spare bedroom, but if you work from home, a place to sit and work – and store your belongings – might be far more beneficial to you.

Pick Clever Furniture 

For many homeowners, their spare room is often the smallest in the home, and so you will want to pick furniture that works for you in a multitude of ways. For example, picking a sofa bed will give you a seat when it’s not being used as a bedroom. You can even get stackable beds, which are ideal if you plan on having multiple family members or friends coming over to stay in the future. Of course, on top of that, you want to pick shelving units that give you plenty of storage space, and maybe even a desk that utilizes hidden storage. The best way to maximize your spare room is to make the most of the space you have in it. If you want it to have multiple uses, then pick furniture that can cunningly double-up whenever you need it to. Remember to measure out your dimensions before you get going: it will save multiple trips to the furniture store.


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