So, the kids are all grown up and are starting to move out of the homestead. Maybe a job took them to a new city, or they’re getting married, or swear—now that they’re going away to school—they’ll never be back. We all know how these things go.
If you find yourself in the position of an empty-nester, you might be wondering what you can do with all this new, “unclaimed” space. What should you do with the bedroom that no one is sleeping in anymore? You have so many options here.
Here are some ways you can transform a child’s bedroom into more useable space:
If you want to hold on to another bedroom in the house, you can transform your child’s abandoned bedroom into a guest room for when friends or family stay in town. Guest rooms are always great because it can give your guests a lovely place to relax in without the added clutter of someone else’s everyday life.
You can decorate this room however you want, whether you’re going for a clean and elegant hotel vibe or a more creative and eclectic space using your antique furniture and décor. This also has the added benefit of being able to store additional belongings. It’s a good idea to keep fresh linens for the bed, as well as clean towels, an alarm clock, a bureau (or other clothes storage), and entertainment (such as a TV). For additional tips on how to make a quest room feel homey, check out this post!
Whether you actually work from home on the regular or simply want a space dedicated to pay bills (and maybe keep the computer away from the grandkids), a home office is a great addition to your house, especially if you may want to sell in the near future.
You can learn more about how to create the ultimate home office in our blog post here.
Do you love to sew but hate having to use the dining room table for your projects? Have you always wanted to try your hand at painting? Or maybe you love puzzles but hate having them sit out in the living room for weeks on end (subjecting those 1,000+ pieces to the vacuum cleaner and cat’s busy paws). You can take this opportunity to transform this room into a space perfect for your free-time hobbies! Having a dedicated space in the home will help you excel since you won’t have to worry about making space in other rooms.
Maybe now is the time to get the treadmill out of the basement you never spend any time in. Creating a home gym not only helps keep your equipment organized, it can also help you use that equipment more. A home gym gives you privacy (if you want to watch tv while you lift) as well as the freedom to workout whenever is convenient for you.
Is it a small bedroom? No worries! You can learn about how to create a small home gym here!
If you’re really dedicated to your furry children, you can transform your spare bedroom into a dedicated room for all the pets of the house! There are a lot of benefits to giving your pets their own space: it can help them feel secure, keeps their belongings from taking over the entirety of the house, and gives them a place to hang out if they don’t want to be bothered. If you’re having company over and your friends or family are allergic to animals, you can sequester your cats or dogs into their bedroom for the afternoon without having to worry about anyone’s safety.
You can learn more about creating a bedroom specifically for your pet here!
If your children still visit often and maybe bring their own children with them, you might want to turn one of the spare bedrooms into an additional living space so there is plenty of room for everyone and all their things. This can be a playroom where you store all of the grandkids’ toys and maybe some spare clothes (we all know accidents are inevitable). Having a child-proofed room for little ones to explore and play benefits everyone by combating boredom and keeping those little fingers away from the more fragile items in other areas of the home. If they’re at a napping age, a futon, small bed, or even some sleeping bags can be a useful addition to this space!
If you don’t want to initiate a room makeover, you don’t have to! It’s perfectly fine to leave the room “as is” in the event that your son or daughter decides to return home. This happens often. However, that’s not to say you should keep a room as a time capsule to dust, dirt, and debris! Have your child take all their private items and clean the room as you would any other. You can also use this room to store their belongings that they may not have room for now, such as old photos and family keepsakes. When they come to visit, they can retain the privacy of their childhood bedroom!
Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. When she’s not spending her days at work writing, reading, and drinking coffee, she’s usually at home reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She also devotes a fair amount of time to HGTV, drawing, and doting on her dog. As a creator, Sarah believes in emphasizing personality through design and DIY projects.