What to do with empty rooms in your home?

What to do with empty rooms in your home?

Perhaps your new double storey house plans include more rooms than your previous property, or maybe your children are leaving the nest for the first time. Either way, you may be wondering what to do with extra rooms in your home?

Fortunately, spare bedrooms can be converted into all types of functional spaces - all it takes is a little bit of creativity.

Create a home gym

One great thing to do with a spare room in your two-storey home is create a home gym. You might find that over time, this is a much more cost-effective solution than renewing an annual gym membership - and with no commute, you may also feel more motivated to exercise.

Best of all, you can customise your home gym with the equipment that you like best and use most frequently - perhaps a treadmill or elliptical machine, free weights, a yoga mat or even a TV and your favourite fitness DVDs.

You might also like to hang up a large mirror, which can give you the impression of even more space and also allows you to check your form as you exercise.

Set up a home office

You may already run a home-based business or you might simply need a quiet space to pay bills, read or for the kids to do their homework. A home office is a great way to set up a dedicated workspace outside of your living and eating areas.

To get started, you will need a desk and a comfortable chair. Depending on your needs, bookshelves, filing cabinets and other storage solutions can help you ensure things stay tidy.

Of course, you'll also want to feel comfortable and at home in your personal workspace, so feel free to add decorative touches like a potted plant, some cheerful curtains or a favourite piece of art.