Using Unused Space
During the holidays, the dining room bustles with laughter and conversation. But once those guests depart, most of us are left with yet another unused room. And the dining room is not the only space that sits vacant much of the year.
In fact, fewer families are using the formal dining room the way our parents or grandparents did. Homeowners set aside entire rooms for guest bedrooms, occasionally used home offices, and craft studios.
Whether limited in square footage or squeezing a growing family, homeowners can tap into their unused space for new purposes and make “home” feel larger and more accommodating. Two ways to accomplish this are combining uses within a single space and segmenting larger rooms.
Many already combine their living room and guest room using a sofa with pull-out bed. But another creative design configuration is making a room both your guest room and your home office. Consider fold up or flip up desks on a wall hinge to hide the office when hosting friends or family. Similarly, murphy beds and daybeds tuck away the bedroom during work hours.
That rarely-used formal dining room can also act as a home office and hangout space or lounge. And while you’re at it, why limit your laundry room? Put it to good use as your sewing or craft studio. This confines the mess, makes it easy to pre-wash fabrics, and simplifies clean-up. Side-by-side front-loading washers and dryers can also double as a counter or workspace.
Creativity can also go far when faced with rooms that are either too small or too large. Tiny bedrooms can become a walk-in closet or bathroom, while larger rooms can be segmented into two separate spaces. Consider placing a sofa in the middle of the room or use back-to-back bookshelves to convert a great room into a living/dining combo or a family room and home office.