Many rooms in your home have a predetermined use; the kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms, just to name a few. So when homeowners have a room that does not have a set purpose, they may find it difficult to decide how to use it. This space is often referred to as a bonus room. Bonus rooms are often found in tucked-away locations, such as in the attic, over the garage, or in the basement. They often have a difficult layout.
So what can you do with this undetermined space? With a little creativity, the bonus room can become a favorite spot in the home. Here are some ideas on how to use this found space:
If you—or your children—enjoy crafting, an art studio is a fantastic use of space. Art supplies can be kept organized in built-in cabinetry or shelving, and projects can be archived in oversized filing cabinets or bins. Large custom tables make the perfect surface for art or sewing.
A dedicated space for learning has become a must-have during the pandemic. Now that most children are back to in-person learning, it is still nice to have a dedicated space for children to do homework and store books, binders, and school supplies. A large room that is free of distractions with built-in storage and desks is the perfect place for children to learn and grow.
Don’t know what to do with a large attic space with dormers or a pitched ceiling? Create a bunk room! The nooks in an attic room lend themselves to custom build-in beds and creative storage. The open space can be used as a play area for young kids or a hang-out area for tweens and teens.
A home movie theater is more than just a room with comfortable seating and a big screen. Homeowners must also consider factors like controlling outside light, acoustics, and the space required to enjoy a large screen. Seating doesn’t have to be expensive: large bean bag chairs or sectional sofas are functional and comfortable.
When gyms shut down due to Covid, many had to find new ways to stay fit. A bonus room turned home gym or yoga studio offers plenty of space for various workout machines, storage for weights and equipment, and, if space allows, a shower/changing area.
Instruments can take up a lot of space and create a lot of noise. If a family member is an up-and-coming musician, they may welcome access to a tucked-away space to practice and perform.
If you are thinking about building a custom home or renovating your current one, it is important to consider what you may do with a bonus room before the building/renovation process begins. This allows the builder to plan for any unique electrical, lighting, or audio features that may need to be seamlessly incorporated into the space. At Artisan Home Builders, we have a team of in-house and consulting specialists who know how to account for the little details that will make your dreams for your home a reality. Contact us today!