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8 Creative Ways To Utilise Your Guest Bedroom

July 23, 2020

Many homes have a spare room, either an empty room used for storage or a guest bedroom that’s sitting empty most of the time. But guess what? No rules say that your extra bedroom room has to be able to accommodate guests or should be left unused. Instead, why not utilise the extra space you have in your home into something functional, that doesn’t include a bed.

Temasya Sinar, Glenmarie by IQI Concept Interior Design & Renovation

To give you an idea, here are some creative ways to you turn your spare room into a functional space. From a reading room to kids’ playroom and even a home office, we've got it all!

1. Revamp it into a lounge area

Do you love to entertain, but lack the space to do it in style? Swap the traditional guest bedroom for a bar and lounge space where guests can gather and mingle at your next get-together. Add in a small bar area, some bar stools, a freestanding TV, and a pool table as pictured in this contemporary home and you’re ready to impress your guests!

Laman Villa Residence, Klang by The Grid Studio

Interior Firm: The Grid Studio

2. Transform it into a dedicated home office

For those who are always tied up with work even after working hours, a home office is a great option to fill that extra empty room. With a dedicated workspace, you can focus on your work without distractions and it provides a space for you to store things like computer, printer, paperwork and bills that often take over the house.

The Lighthaus Andes Villa, Bukit Jalil by Box Design Studio Sdn Bhd

For tips and tricks on how to create a conducive home office, check out this article.

Explore: How to Create a WFH Office with Your Existing Furniture

3. Change it into a luxurious walk-in wardrobe

Do you find that your bedroom wardrobe is too small? Or do you constantly have clothes lying all over the place? If your own bedroom is lacking in storage space, you could consider turning your unused spare room into a walk-in closet instead of having clothes lying all over the floor.

Villa Bovelin, Kuala Lumpur by Ee Design Studio

Interior Firm: Ee Design Studio

In this 5-bedroom landed home, EE Design Studio has turned a spare bedroom into a luxurious walk-in wardrobe that comes complete with built-in storage for hanging clothes, open shelves to store folded shirts and shoes, and even an island with a glass display unit to store accessories.

Villa Bovelin, Kuala Lumpur by Ee Design Studio

Interior Firm: Ee Design Studio

4. Convert it into a home cinema

If you have room to spare, consider converting it into a home cinema where the family can enjoy fun family time together. All you really need is a comfy sofa or a beanbag and a big-screen TV and you’ll be all set to enjoy your favourite movies in the comfort of your own home.

Sunway Vivaldi, Mont Kiara by Design Aid Sdn. Bhd.

Interior Firm: Design Aid Sdn. Bhd.

For a real cinema experience, you can install a video projector and a surround sound system. You can also add a minibar or popcorn machine so that you don’t have to make frequent trips to the pantry.

Sunway Vivaldi, Mont Kiara by Design Aid Sdn. Bhd.

Interior Firm: Design Aid Sdn. Bhd.

5. Turn it into a kid’s playroom

If you have young children, turning your spare room into your kids' playroom will let you declutter the rest of your house and keep toys contained in one room.

Setia Eco Glades Cyberjaya by Pocket Square

Interior Firm: Pocket Square

We all know that children have pretty short attention spans, so pack the room with a variety of toys and activities that can keep them occupied for hours – a playhouse, their favourite toys, books, art and craft supplies. The more you can pack in with stuff that suits your children’s interests and needs, the longer you'll get between pleas for attention or help!

Long Branch Residence, Kota Kemuning by Zyon Studio Sdn. Bhd.

Interior Firm: Zyon Studio Sdn. Bhd.

Explore: 7 Ways to Create a Functional Family-Friendly Home

6. Transform it into a reading area

If you don't need a dedicated guest bedroom, how about investing in a reading room instead?

Tropicana Grande by Mode Interior Style

Interior Firm: Mode Interior Style

Line the walls with built-in shelving or freestanding bookcases and save a corner for a comfy armchair that you can afford. Finish off the room with a comfy blanket, throw pillows, a handy reading light, and your private reading nook is ready!

7. Turn it into a music room

Do you play an instrument or love to play around creating different beats? If you do, why not transform your spare room into a dedicated music room where you can practice your musical instruments, jam with friends, or compose your song.

Hulu Langat by SQFT Space Design Management

This landed home designed by SQFT Space Design Management is a perfect example of how to turn a spare room to a music room. Meanwhile, the black and white background wallpaper creates a focal point and makes the room look visually spacious.

8. Turn it into a peaceful retreat

So you like to meditate? Why not create a dedicated retreat and meditation area that is an oasis from the rest of the house with your spare room.

Sejati Residence, Cyberjaya by PINS Studio

Interior Firm: PINS Studio

The lack of clutter and furniture in this room designed by PINS Studio makes it a very peaceful and comfortable place to relax and unwind, especially after a long hectic day at work.

Sejati Residence, Cyberjaya by PINS Studio

Interior Firm: PINS Studio

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