Is that extra space in your house really a “bonus room” or is it a glorified closet? Often with awkward dimensions (what is with that one-slanted wall?!) and minimal square footage, these random rooms can stump even the most design savvy. No longer. Clear out all of the off-season clothes, forgotten toys, and dusty files that have accumulated there and look at the space with fresh eyes. That one corner could house a floor-to-ceiling, albeit skinny, bookshelf and, if you stack them, two twin beds are a total possibility against the wall. And that’s just the beginning! Here are some other genius ideas for tiny bonus rooms.
Eke out a mini guest room
Replace actual doors with a bolt of airy fabric and tuck the bed against the wall. Yes, it’s okay to forgo the bed frame (especially when you’re dealing with weird, low ceiling lines).
If the room is too narrow to house a full bed, stack two bunks and call it cozy. Drawers underneath ensure the sliver of floor space stays clutter-free.
Design your dream nap situation
Tasked with redesigning a client’s Texas beach house, decorator Marie Flanigan was faced with a tiny sitting room off the original master bedroom packed with bulky built-ins. She ripped them out and brought in a day bed with a pull out trundle that made much better use of the space.
Make a home office (complete with extra seating)
When you can’t go out, go up. Install task lighting on the wall and put the storage aboveyour desk rather than next to it.
Craft a breakfast nook for two
The secret is a drop-leaf table, which can be adjusted to fit up against the small miracle that is the window.
Assemble a personal library
Sure, books are for reading, but they also make great decor. Store them anywhere and everywhere in the space—those couple inches of space between window and wall are looking a little empty, for example. The more precarious stacks of books, the more charming the room will be.
Craft a playroom for the kids
A mini ball pit and pint-sized drawing station?! Best Parent Award coming right up.
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