Sec­ondary bed­rooms can en­com­pass any­thing from guest bed­rooms to du­alpur­pose rooms and kids bed­rooms, or even just a glo­ri­fied stor­age space.

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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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