Did your last child move away to university? Did you buy a house with one too many bedrooms?

There are various reasons we might find ourselves with an unassigned bedroom. Our default urge is to use it for storage. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are 7 ways to repurpose a spare bedroom to make life easier for you.

1. Home office

This is probably the most obvious, and possibly the most common, solution to having a spare bedroom. Get a desk, some shelves, a storage unit or two, and you can set up shop in this spare room.

2. Library

For the bibliophile, a personal library may be the perfect use for a spare bedroom. A few shelves, a comfortable chair or two, some adequate lighting, and maybe a place to rest your feet, and you could be on your way to making this one of the favourite rooms in the house.

3. Gym

If your morning workout doesn’t involve fancy equipment, maybe you could create a gym at home and save yourself the cost of monthly membership fees. You could add in a treadmill, a stationary bike, some yoga equipment, and maybe some weights or kettlebells. Maybe even add in a water cooler and a TV.

4. Walk in closet

Do you find the closet in your master bedroom too small? Consider turning the spare bedroom into a walk-in closet with some cabinetry and shelving. If the room is next to yours, you could even open up the common wall to create convenient access. If it’s next to your main washroom, add a second door to the washroom so you can access the walk in closet after your shower or bath.

5. Guest bedroom

Naturally, an easy transition for a spare bedroom would be for it to remain a bedroom. But, give it a makeover and make it a comfortable, inviting home for your overnight guests. You could save the money you would’ve spent remodelling the room for another purpose and instead use it to splurge on nice bedding, new furniture, and perhaps towels and toiletries.

6. Craft room

Like to do crafts? Then perhaps a dedicated room would be best. And not just for scrapbooking either. If you like to sew, or make shoes, or build model airplanes, or collect stamps, or participate in any other craft or hobby, a quiet room where you can focus on what you love may be what you need.

7. Art studio

If you’re more of an artist, turning the spare bedroom into your personal studio could spark some much needed creativity. With an easel, clay wheel, or other work surfaces, you could transform your unused space into useful space. Just make sure your flooring and wall coverings match the needs of your art medium. You don’t want to wreck your brand new studio.

Did you transform a spare bedroom in your home? What did you turn it into? Let us know in the comments below.