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Fun Double-Duty Remodeling Projects for the Spare Room

Remodeling a spare room is one of the easiest and fastest spaces to renovate because it’s almost always cosmetic. Many homeowners have one spare room and multiple ideas on how to utilize the space. You might need an office and guest room, for example. Spare rooms doing double-duty is common these days; it’s easy to combine a guest room with an office with proper planning and organization.

Here are some fun ideas that can turn a spare room into a functional dream room:

Office & Guest Room

Build a Murphy bed with built in book shelves and cabinets. This concept frees up space for your office and the cabinets make great storage for office supplies. Here’s a great site that features plans for twin, full, and queen beds: http://www.wallbed.com/

Conceal your computer with a computer armoire to save space. Plan B, consider a modular office-furniture system. These systems include desks, computer tables, file cabinets, and bookshelves. They’re easily assembled and come in various styles, materials, and price ranges. Step by step guide on building a computer armoire:


Gym & Hobby Room

You’ll have plenty of room for your exercise equipment by converting the closet into your hobby nook. To make the room look bigger and add more light, hang some large mirrors on the walls. Here’s a step by step plan on building a closet desk which also includes shelving and lights: http://www.instructables.com/id/Turn_a_Closet_Into_a_Desk/

Wardrobe Oasis & Dressing Room

If your spare room is small and abuts your master bedroom, build that giant walk-in closet with built-in shelving and shoe racks that you’ve always dreamed of. Remove the entrance door then patch up and finish the wall then create an entrance from the master room to the spare bedroom. After you customize your closet with the essentials, hang a long dressing mirror on the wall and a chandelier from the ceiling and you’ll never want to leave. Great ideas: http://www.northernvirginiamag.com/home-and-design/2008/12/12/closet_couture/

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