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Uses for Your Bonus Room

Thursday, May 5, 2022   /   by Margie Wright

Uses for Your Bonus Room

You knew that you wanted a bonus room when you went house hunting, but now that you have one, you're stuck on what to do with it. Turn it into a guest room? A home office? A storage space for all the odds and ends that you say you'll find a home for? A room of abandoned projects that you'll definitely come back to one day? 

You're not alone.

Many homeowners struggle to make good use of the space provided with a bonus room. However, there are many ways you can turn the area into a room you'll never want to leave. The first step is evaluating your priorities on what you want/need the most, and then looking at the constraints of the bonus room itself. The size of the room will limit what you can and cannot do, so it's important to know what the space is capable of realistically. The possibilities are endless though! Check out the following ideas for what you can do with your bonus room.

Bonus Room Ideas: 17 Ways to Maximize an Extra Room

1. Home Office
Whether you work from home currently or know that you'll have to do work from home, a home office is the perfect solution for your privacy and productivity needs. They provide a space that is peaceful and quiet so you can focus, but they also hold everything you need for your work. If you want to go for the latest design trends, stick to clean, sleek, and modern. But the space is yours to make your own depending on what you need to work efficiently. Bookshelves add depth and character, especially since you add personal touches like photos and mementos on the shelves. If you have the room, throw in some additional chairs with pillows and throw blankets. Add plants and rugs to bring even more life to the space to keep you inspired while you work.

2. Arts and Crafts Room
For the creative side of you, and arts and crafts room can be the perfect place to create, inspire, and relax. Every artist knows that the key to a solid art room starts with good organization. Built-in shelving with different sized storage baskets are perfect for storing art supplies of all shapes and sizes. A mounted pegboard on the wall can hold tools like scissors, wrenches, hammers, or whatever you need to keep within arms reach. If you can, install a sink into the space for easy clean up after you finish painting or working. You can easily make this space your own with the art that you create, no matter what that may be. Leave a wall open just for your creations to show off!

3. Photography Studio
Whether you do self-portraits, commercial photography of products, or photography of others, a home studio can save you time and money since you won't need to rent out an additional space and prepare it for your needs. Don't shy away from the natural light that your bonus room can provide since that can be used for your photos. Just make sure that you have good light-blocking curtains for when you need a darker room. Adding photo umbrellas and softboxes not only make your space look more professional, but they also help with getting that lighting that's just right. Make sure to have storage that's out of the way from the shooting area for all your props and photography equipment. Add a stand for colored backdrops that easily rolls up and allows for mostly easy backdrop changes. Personalize the space by creating a photo wall for all your favorite shots.

4. Home Library
If you've been collecting books for a long time, then you know the joy of being surrounded by them and showing them off (plus the fun of organizing them). A home library is a great way to showcase your collection, create a cozy space, and effectively use that bonus room. Built-in shelves are great for big or small rooms. Plus, you can customize them with whatever storage is best for you. Multimedia shelves are a good cost-effective alternative. And what if you end up with empty storage after putting your collection in? Well, all the more reason to go get more books! Make sure to add a reading chair or loveseat that's big enough to curl up in. If you want to get creative with seating, create a comfortable pillow pile or use bean bag chairs. And don't forget to have adequate lighting so you can read without straining.

5. Music Room
If you or someone in your family is musically talented, then a music room is a great way to utilize the bonus room space. First things first: soundproof the walls. Insulation between drywall and acoustic paneling can serve as both a noise buffer but also increase acoustic quality. Once you've added your acoustic paneling, then bring in the instruments! A piano is a great statement, central piece. Make sure that you have safe areas to showcase all of your other instruments as well! By using darker color tones and brick (or wallpaper that looks like brick), you can achieve a very classic feel. Posters and records of your favorite bands and artists on the wall can double as tribute pieces and inspiration. If you want to take it up another notch, add a home music studio to record your own music.

6. Zen Room
A zen room is the perfect place for all your yoga and meditation needs. It's also a pretty easy renovation to do with your bonus room! Because the space needs to be more open for yoga practices, you won't have to add that much. Use soft colors and pastels to create a soothing effect to help you recenter and focus. Bring in Himalayan salt lamps, air humidifiers, plants, and oil diffusers to purify the space and make it smell as relaxing as it looks. Rugs and cushions provide the comfort you need while meditating and relaxing in the space. Add a small, indoor water feature to create white noise and really enhance the space!

7. Home Theater
Whether it's used for watching movies, big sports games, or binging your favorite tv shows for hours on end, you can't go wrong with choosing a home theater as the use for your bonus room. Like with the music room, insulation is key to limit how sound travels both inside the room and outside the room. Restrict lighting so the screen you're watching on doesn't have a horrible glare - blackout curtains are key. Place surround sound speakers around the room for a truly immersive experience. And don't skip out on the video projector! Make sure it's good quality. You could install comfy reclining stadium seating, or you could go for big couches and fluffy chairs. Use red velvet wallpaper if you want to go for the classic movie theater experience. Add in a popcorn machine and a snack bar, and you'll be good to go!

8.Game Room
A game room can be many things. That's what makes it so appealing! Table tennis, foosball, and billiards are great for a classic game room feel. If you want the classic arcade feel, pinball machines and old arcade games turn your space into a retro wonderland. You can never go wrong with Pacman, after all. For a more modern space, a quality couch and chairs in front of a large TV is the perfect set up for video games. With custom shelving, you can display all your consoles, keep them connected, and hide all those annoying wires. Plus, you can show off all the games you have! If you're into board games, make sure you have a table dedicated for playing them. The boxes these games come in can be a great way to decorate while still being easily accessible to grab and play. A fan of Dungeons & Dragons? Show off those minis you've painted on shelving, and showcase the books and dice you have as well! Adding neon lights and video game posters can elevate the space no matter what you choose to focus on with games.

9. Home Gym
Gym memberships can be expensive. It can also be uncomfortable to go to the gym depending on the environment of the people there. You can avoid that with a home gym! It's a great and convenient (plus cheaper) way to stay active. To be able to check your form and improve technique, install large mirrors against the walls - and do so safely. The best thing about using your bonus room as a home gym is that it's fully customizable. You can bring in different kinds of equipment based on what you need and what you're working on. Squat racks, dumbbell racks, stationary bikes, treadmills, and more can be added based on your needs and the space you have. Install a small air conditioning unit and towel rack to keep you cool and sweat-free as well!

10. Wine Cellar
We use the term "cellar" loosely here since your bonus room is likely to be on the main floor and not, in fact, in a true cellar. However, you can still call the bonus room a wine cellar if that's what you choose to make it! The size and the technology you incorporate into the room will determine the price, but aim for knowing that it will likely be on the more expensive side. For best wine preservation results, install a system to keep room temperatures cool at around 56 degrees Fahrenheit and 55-70 percent humidity. A wooden or steel door with glass allows you to showcase your most valuable bottles to all your house guests (and yourself).

11. Kids Playroom
Kids playrooms are a super versatile option that can be made to fit you and your kids likings as they grow up. Depending on what your kid is into, that can help you determine what the space looks like. If your kid loves nature, add an indoor treehouse with a swing and slide. If your kid is into space, decorate the room with stars, rockets, and astronauts and provide fun rocketship jungle gyms to climb on. Add in small tables for toys and craft time. A cubby bench or cubby storage unit with open storage boxes makes for a much easier clean-up time. Bright colors, playful wallpapers, or a mural will really liven up the space. If you want to allow your kid a space to really color on the walls, paint one of the walls with chalkboard paint. It's a super easy way to allow for creativity and also not have to worry about the mess of cleaning up crayon from the wall.

12. Teen Hangout
A teen hangout space is a great way to allow older kids to have a place for privacy and a place to hang out with friends. A TV and couch are obvious choices to add. Add in a storage unit for all their gaming consoles, DVDs, and controllers. Add in surround sound speakers so they can really enjoy the space - but you may consider some acoustic paneling so it doesn't go all over the house. A snack bar is a great way to provide teens with healthy and unhealthy treats to satisfy all their cravings at all times of day. A mini-fridge completes the set so they always have water or soft drinks at hand. And don't think that a chalkboard wall is just for small children - older kids love it just as much and can create super cool designs on it!

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