Secondary bedrooms can encompass anything from guest bedrooms to dualpurpose rooms and kids bedrooms, or even just a glorified storage space.
But if you’re clever about it and give the space as much love as the rest of your home, these rooms can meet all of your needs and more.
When you have guests stay, you want to ensure that they are comfortable, so it’s best to keep the style of the furniture simple and uncluttered but not bare – think of what you’d like to see in a hotel room. A cosy bed, two bedside tables and somewhere for your guests to hang their clothes or pop their suitcase is sufficient. Bedside lamps are also an important inclusion so your guests don’t have to search for a light switch in the middle of the night, and long rugs either side of the bed will help to create extra warmth. As the room is used only occasionally, you can be a bit more dramatic when it comes to decorating – try a bold colour scheme or some patterned wallpaper for something a bit more fun.
For kids, their bedroom is a place to rest but also to play and maybe even study. If the space is big enough, include a desk to encourage homework and creative time. But if space is limited, a loft bed that has a desk underneath is a clever way to include both without losing floor space. Large tubs or baskets that can slide easily underneath the bed are perfect for stashing toys and extra bedlinen, while wall-mounted hooks turn school bags and hats into a tidy display. To keep maintenance at a minimum, choose a forgiving flooring option such as timber, laminate, luxury vinyl or dark-coloured carpet.
If you have a spare room that has ended up as a dumping zone, clean out the clutter and turn it into a dual-use space. For example, it can be used as a home office, extra guest bedroom and storage space all-inone – all you need is some practical multipurpose pieces. A casual-style sofa bed can be easily transformed into a guest bed, and a console, even one with a drawer, can be used as a side table or a work desk by adding a chair. Floor-to-ceiling cupboards provide extra storage space to hide those items that are rarely used – you could even install a small built-in desk with a stool stored underneath to create an impromptu work station. Another storage solution is to pick furniture that has a hidden compartment, such as an ottoman or stool with a removable seat.
Whatever you’re using your secondary bedrooms for, a bit of planning and consideration before you decorate will ensure they are user-friendly rooms that maximise the space you have available.
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