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Of course parents feel sad when their children leave home for the first time to live on their own, or attend college. They may also be feeling a small bit of relief because they know their own schedules will open up and they'll probably have more time for themselves.
While becoming an empty nester is a hard transition, it also comes with a few perks. One of these upsides being the empty bedroom and extra space a child leaves behind. Transforming a kid’s room is a great project for keeping busy and something you can do for yourself while the children are gone. See five ideas that’ll have you energized and excited to start the makeover.
1. Den/Reading Room
A den, or peaceful reading room is the perfect addition to a home that has room to spare. Believe me, you won’t regret having an extra room for relaxing, reading and rejuvenating. You can even consider adding a TV for those nights you or your husband want to watch your own shows!
Furnish the room with a couple of comfy chairs, an area rug and stylish curtains. Build your own bookshelf or find something practical at a local shop that you can style and make your own. Add some plants and candles to create a calming and soothing environment.
Transforming a kid’s bedroom into a place that’s dedicated to creative and stress reliving hobbies is a great use of the space. I’ve witnessed homeowners converting extra rooms into dedicated spots to practice hobbies such as wood-working, guitar playing and painting. The options are endless.
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It’s important to have somewhere in your home where you can go and let your creativity run loose and spend time doing activities you enjoy. If you live with someone else, think about sharing the room and coming up with hobbies you can do together. Building a hobby room is the perfect way to escape your busy schedule, spend time with your family and enjoy some alone time.
3. Guest Bedroom
The best use of an empty bedroom is to turn it into a guest bedroom where friends and family can stay when they visit. It’s never a bad idea to have an extra place in your home for people to sleep. Add a desk and computer in the room if you want to have the space serve multiple purposes.
The most important aspect of designing the perfect guest room is the bed itself. You want the bed to be the focal point in the room. Decorate the bed with layered linens in a variety of textures and colors. Be sure to provide your guests with plump pillows and a fluffy comforter. Remember that you want anyone staying in your home to feel relaxed and comfortable!
If you’re someone who always feels like they’re short on time and find it hard to get yourself to the gym most nights, then a home gym may be for you. A home gym isn’t a one-size-fits-all project. There are people who’ll turn their extra bedroom into a yoga studio and others who’ll carve out the space for weightlifting. You may need to replace the floors, but rubber floors are not as expensive as many other flooring options and are highly water resistant. A former bedroom is the perfect size space for moving around and good for privacy because you can shut the door. Consider adding a sound system or a TV to make your workouts more fun.
Another benefit of a home gym is that you can personalize the space and make it your own. Put up inspirational posters or phrases that keep you motivated and focused on your goals. If you’re feeling social, get your partner to workout with you or invite a friend over for a yoga session! The best part is that you won’t have to deal with lines or germs you’re likely to run into at the local gym.
A home office is something many homeowners don’t have but want for many reasons. Your home office should be a place you go to be productive and, even though you’re working, feel at peace. This is accomplished by being selective about how you decorate the space.
It’s a room for keeping important files organized, a spot to go when you’re working from home and a place you can call your own. One of the biggest challenges of working from home is cutting out surrounding noise and minimizing distractions. See how to design an attractive and productive home office.
Accepting the fact that your child is getting older and starting a life of their own is difficult. One way to make the best of this tough situation is to convert their old bedroom into a room you and the rest of your family can use.
These are just a few suggestions meant to get your creative juices flowing. Let us know if you have any other ideas in the comments section below!
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