Bonus rooms are typically smaller than a normal bedroom, and it can be difficult to envision how to use such a small space. Check out our ideas below for turning a small bonus room into one of your home’s biggest assets.
Who needs a corner office with a view when you can turn your flex space into the ideal office with all the comforts of home? Enjoy the quickest morning commute ever as you stroll from your kitchen with a cup of coffee to your new home office.
Renovation tip: Deck the room out with smart home office technology, like noise-canceling headphones to boost work productivity. You can even try a daylight lamp if your space lacks a window or you just work long hours.
2. Guest bedroom
A guest room is another practical idea for a small bonus room. It will function as a place for loved ones to stay when they visit, which means that you’ll get more time to spend together under the same roof.
Renovation tip: Try a space-saving futon or murphy bed to provide a place to sleep at night and a lounge spot for the day.
3. Walk-in closet
Whenever you run out of room in your closet, you can look to your bonus room for extra storage space. Convert a small bonus room into a spacious walk-in closet so you can put your whole wardrobe on display.
Renovation tip: Use shelving to maximize your storage space, especially if your bonus room is oddly shaped.
4. Laundry room
You’ll enjoy doing laundry after you transform your bonus room into a beautiful and organized laundry room. Install a foldout table or ironing board that tucks away neatly into a cabinet for a place to easily fold clothes after they’ve been washed and dried.
Renovation tip: Introduce a color-coded bin system to separate out lights and darks before washing.
Are you a new parent preparing a space for your bundle of joy? Transform your bonus room into the perfect nursery to welcome your baby home. As your child grows, you can always update the space to better fit your family's needs.
Renovation tip: Choose a convertible crib that will fit your baby’s nursery and can also be used as they become a toddler.
6. Craft room
Fix up your bonus room so you can enjoy crafting someplace other than your dining table. Whether you like to crochet, scrapbook, create jewelry or make your own candles, a craft room will be the place your imagination can run wild.
Renovation tip: Invest in a crafting table with a large work surface and ample storage for the best use of your space.
Book lovers will delight at turning a bonus room into their own personal library. Add bookshelves to house your full collection and don’t forget comfortable seating to settle in with a story.
Renovation tip: Install bright overhead lights for optimal nighttime reading.