Ideas for your flex room

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - REAL ESTATE - By Kathryn We­ber

Whether it’s due to de­sign con­fig­u­ra­tions or re­mod­el­ing, many homes have an ex­tra space that’s not nec­es­sar­ily a bed­room but still added square footage.

Realtors typ­i­cally call these flex rooms or bonus rooms.

These tucked-away spa­ces of­ten turn into the de­fault stor­age room, be­com­ing clut­tered and un­us­able.

If you have a flex room, try turn­ing it into a us­able space that adds value to your home’s square footage and en­joy­ment for you.

Play time: Get­ting the most out of your home’s us­able space is al­ways a good idea, and flex rooms can help you cre­ate a spe­cialty space you might not other­wise have. A ter­rific use for grow­ing fam­i­lies is to turn your flex room into a play­room. Adding bookshelve­s and a tepee tent, you can cre­ate a read­ing nook to en­cour­age young ones to take off on wild ad­ven­tures between the cov­ers of a book.

This is also a great play space for adults or teens. If there’s enough room, a flex space makes a ter­rific game room. Add a ta­ble for play­ing cards or a bil­liards ta­ble. Or, turn it into a man cave dec­o­rated with your team’s col­ors and mem­o­ra­bilia. Give a cor­ner of the room over to a bar for adult en­joy­ment, or to pump up the fun add a foos­ball ta­ble that will draw your teen’s friends to your house and keep them oc­cu­pied.

Cre­ative use: There are so many ways to use a flex room. Here are some cre­ative ways to turn the bonus area into a use­ful space.

Be­cause cribs are small, a flex room makes a ter­rific spot to con­vert to a nurs­ery.

For bud­ding writ­ers or en­trepreneur­s, a flex room can be­come the new head­quar­ters to a startup or a place to es­cape to for quiet con­tem­pla­tion.

If you’ve al­ways dreamed of a li­brary, cre­ate your own home li­brary or study with some rich wall col­ors, plenty of bookshelve­s, a comfy read­ing chair and a lamp.

If your flex room is near your bed­room, why not turn it into a closet mas­ter­piece? Just re­mem­ber, a small space can make a big closet.

Hob­bies and crafts are an­other won­der­ful use for a flex room. Out­fit the space with a ta­ble and shelv­ing (to store sup­plies), and you’ll have a spot to work on your fa­vorite hob­bies. Wall space can be used to show off your cre­ations.

If heading to the gym is a chore, turn your flex room into a mini gym for get­ting in your work­outs at home.

Mul­tiuse space: Give your bonus room even more flex­i­bil­ity by turn­ing it into a mul­tiuse room.

If your flex room is a study, con­sider adding a pull­out sofa, fu­ton or day bed that dou­bles as seat­ing and a bed for overnight guests. Or turn it into a bed­room for sib­lings who don’t want to share any­more.

A trun­dle bed comes in handy for ex­tra sleep­ing space for sleep­overs and saves space too.

DREAM­STIME

Turn your home’s bonus space into a play­room for your kids.

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