How to Decorate the Extra Space in Your New Home

If you have a lot of extra space in your new home and have no idea what you should do with it, this article will help you.

A home office in a spare bedroom, closet or basement can help you be productive, especially if it’s organized, but it may not spark ideas or motivate you to work. A home office with a view, though, can inspire you to accomplish more than you thought you could. Photo: Gregory Han/Flickr

If you are moving from an apartment into your first house, you are likely simultaneously excited and a little anxious about buying new furniture for your home.

If you have already determined your budget and are ready to begin making purchases, this can be a very fun process, especially if you have extra space. Some rooms can serve multiple purposes if you furnish them smartly, and this can make them assets to your home in many different situations.

Designating Your Spaces

Usually, the only rooms in a house that are not already determined are extra bedrooms and any bonus rooms you have. Some people choose to make use of the garage as a space that is designated for something other than car storage, and this can be an option for you if you need the extra space.

To begin, you need to decide what to do with your spare bedrooms and any bonus areas you have. If you have children, an extra bedroom can make a great playroom. Many people also choose to turn an extra bedroom into a home office.

If you do a lot of work from home, a home office might be perfect. If you are a dedicated quilter, perhaps you should use this space as a crafting room.

A bonus room above the garage can easily become a home gym. Plan out your space before you begin furnishing it and you can make sure that every space in your home will be beneficial to you and your family.

Furnishing Extra Rooms

When you work from home you need to find a way to be productive and stay motivated while you’re in your relaxing surroundings. With so many distractions there it is very difficult to dedicate the time to work, but by setting up a perfect home office you can make working from home work for you.

So, if you plan to create a home office, a big part of your shopping list will be office furniture. You might even decide to split a room between uses, in which case you put a desk and chair on one side of the room and set up the other side for a crafting table or a couple of small desks for your children to do their homework.

Another great idea when you are purchasing furniture is to get a futon or cot that can be stored away in a large closet or against the wall. This can be used to turn your home office into a spare bedroom when you have guests.

Store spare sheets and towels in the closet of this room and, any time you have houseguests, you will be able to quickly turn your space from functional for your family into a pleasant place for guests to have their own space.

If you decide to turn a room into a home gym, make sure to leave the center of the room bare or put down a few exercise mats. It also works well to put a small television and DVD player in the room for playing workout videos.

Moving to a new home is exciting and there are many different ways you can use the extra space.

Think carefully about the needs of your family and you can create spaces throughout your home that have multiple functions and work well for everyone. By planning your furniture purchases, each space can be used to its fullest potential.

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