Three more rooms with 21st-century appeal
HOME GYM The trend for home gyms has risen alongside the trend for mega-basements in London, but you don’t need to be super-wealthy to have one. You do, however, need a spare room – gym equipment not being easy on the eye, it requires hiding away – and you should be realistic about your goals. Buy only essentials to start with, building your collection gradually. And install proper floor mats (try gymflooringuk.co.uk). MEDITATION ROOM This doesn’t, strictly speaking, have to be a whole room – it could just be an area of your home that you dedicate exclusively to quiet time and contemplation. It’s essential that the space is free of clutter and away from any hubbub; apart from that, all you need is comfortable seating and perhaps something to play restful music on. AIRING CUPBOARD These spaces are invaluable when the damp British climate doesn’t permit linens to be air-dried on a washing line. If your home doesn’t have one, install one in a ‘dead space’ – such as under stairs – and add Ikea’s ‘Hejne’ slatted shelves (£5 for two; ikea.com) so that air can circulate. Install a slimline eco heater with a thermostat to speed up drying.