One of the first thing buyers’ mention when purchasing a home is the number of bedrooms and bathrooms they want. No matter what the preference, when considering auxilliary bedrooms, certain things remain constant. Buyers usually hope to find bedrooms that will fit a double bed, dresser, possibly a desk and as much storage space as possible!
If your bedrooms satisfy those requirements, that’s great…but what if your current living situation doesn’t require one of the bedrooms to be used on a daily basis? Without changing structural elements, you could use that square footage to pursue personal interests or activities. Here are some easy ideas to turn that spare bedroom into a space you can enjoy until you’re ready to sell.
A big flat screen TV, a comfortable couch and a nice stereo system can be just the beginning of a place to get comfortable and read or watch a movie. It can become a private space that allows you to get the television out of the living room and turns that space into a conversation and entertaining room.
Quiet Room or Library
If you’ve collected too many books over the years and have no place to put them, a library can be a good use for a spare bedroom. It can also be used as a designated “quiet room” to meditate and relax in.
One of the most popular uses for a spare bedroom is a home office. Adding lights, furniture and desks can convert the space into a practical home office with privacy. Make sure you have a reliable internet or WiFi connection.
No excuses! It’s right next door. Your workout routine can be personalized with any equipment you prefer. Medicine balls, treadmills, weights, or video workout routines can all be accomplished in the square footage of a spare bedroom.
Another variation on the home gym could be turning a spare room into a yoga studio and save money by not going to someone else’s studio. Find a large mirror, bring in a fan, your favorite yoga mat and you’re ready to go. If you want to take your home studio to the next level, add hardwood flooring, a small TV to follow along with yoga instruction videos, and a radio.
Whether you’re knitting, painting, working on a stamp collection or want more room to work on your favorite hobby, a spare bedroom can easily be converted into a craft room.
It’s always great to have a dual purpose room. A daybed or sleep sofa will easily accommodate the occasional overnight guest. When you don’t have guests, it becomes a room to get away from it all and curl up with a good book or watch a TV show your significant other wants no part of!
Setting up a spare bedroom as a lounge or study area eliminates overcrowding when both these spaces are allocated to individual bedrooms. The rooms are also dedicated for specific purposes making clean-up and organization a lot easier.
If you’ve ever wanted space in your home that’s devoted to music, turning a spare bedroom into a music room is a good idea. It can serve as an individual’s private space to spend time practicing or enjoying their own personal musical interests.
A spare bedroom doesn’t need to become a warehouse of stuff you don’t know where else to put. The good news is you don’t need a mansion to incorporate any of these ideas.
Every room can be a place to relax, rewind, and enjoy!
The chaos of the day has ended, all the your chores are finished and you’ve watched just enough TV to put you to sleep. It’s time to retreat to your private sanctuary, the Master Bedroom. Ah, the thought of a perfect, serene haven with everything just so, sounds enticing doesn’t it? You walk down the hall ready to snuggle up in your cozy lair, and the reality smacks you in the face. Where is my serene sanctuary?
You’re not alone, Master Bedroom updates often take a back seat to other rooms, which becomes evident when it’s time to prepare your home to sell (kitchens and bathrooms usually get the most attention). The fact is buyers scrutinize the Master more so than any of the other bedrooms. “Does the closet have enough storage space? Will it fit my bed? Is there room for my double dressers? etc.”
Taking some time to make the most of this space will help create a restful environment your buyers will appreciate.
Here are some ideas to help get you started:
Paint the Walls
A cool and soothing color palette creates a relaxing atmosphere. Soft blues, greens and creamy whites give the bedroom a fresh and airy feel.
Add Wall Decor
Once you’ve got your walls painted, add some decorative accessories. Things like mirrors, wall accents and photos can add more character to your bedroom.
When you walk into a bedroom, especially the Master, the bed should be one of the 1st things you see.
Start with learning standard bed sizes, and which one will work in your plan. Other bedroom furniture comes in all kinds of sizes. Once you determine your room and bed dimensions, you can make good decisions about dressers, chests, nightstands and so on. Pay attention to scale and avoid over sized furniture that doesn’t fit the space. You want to make the bedroom feel airy and comfortable.
The ancient Chinese method of Feng Shui helps to balance our homes. Following some simple feng shui strategies can turn your chaotic and uninspiring bedroom into the serene sanctuary of your dreams.
If you have a large Bedroom or a Master Suite
Benches and/or chairs
Add a bench at the foot of your bed; it’s a perfect spot for putting on your shoes and socks without disturbing a freshly made bed.
Small, comfortable upholstered chairs provide an added dimension to a bedroom. It is easy to overlook this element, but it shows the bedroom can become a nice retreat from the rest of the household.
Whatever the size, make sure you don’t overcrowd the space – as in all rooms, less is more.
As with any space, lighting plays an important role in delivering the desired atmosphere. After all, it’s hard to have a romantic environment with a fluorescent light flickering overhead. Consider adding a ceiling fan as well. Despite the fact that some people say ceiling fans are unfashionable, many home buyers appreciate their energy savings.
Wall mounted TV’s are a popular feature, and can help your space to appear larger, especially if your bedroom is on the smaller side.
A touch of luxury gives the master bedroom refined elegance that can bring a soothing note to the space. Sumptuous bedding, plush pillows and a beautiful chandelier all add luxury, which can be quite serene.
Combine Masculine and Feminine Details
Neutral palettes and clean lines are appealing to all. Stay away from window coverings and bed coverings that scream “I am woman hear me roar” or “It’s a man’s world”!
Both individuals need to feel comfortable and that the environment suits them.
A master Bedroom with a walk-in closet is always the most preferred option but organizing a smaller closet can also have a dramatic effect. Good wall closets include: Spaces for long and short hanging items, several open shelves of varying heights, a bank of drawers (optional), a spot for shoes, places to hang ties and belts, and to stow handkerchiefs and scarfs. The most important thing to remember on closets is that your buyer will remember what they see. Try to keep hangers all the same with space in between and floors free of clutter. A general rule is that you should only have shelves filled to approximately 1/3 of their height.
These tips can transform your Master Bedroom into the oasis you’ve always envisioned and create a retreat buyers will remember.