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How to Transform Your Spare Room into a Relaxing Haven

September 10, 2012

If your spare room is anything like ours, it’s probably become a dumping ground for an eclectic mix of household items that you don’t exactly have a home for, or that you will get around to putting away later (but never actually do!).

But don’t worry, if you fancy transforming your spare room of clutter into a relaxing haven but don’t know where to start, you’ll find some great hints and tips here.

1. Purge

Often this is the most difficult thing to do, but it’s the best place to start. It’s impossible to give a room a new lease of life if you can’t even see the floor or get into the room.

It can be hard to let go of things because of the memories they may have, or you think you may need it one day. To help the purging process, get a friend involved. Getting an unbiased opinion makes it easier to decide what you really need.

If you haven’t used something in over a year, you probably never will. So be brutal with your choices. Throw away or donate to charity. You can shwop old clothes at Marks & Spencer:

 2. Divide

One way to organise your spare room is to divide it up into sections. Having a wall of cupboards is great for guests to put their clothes in when they come to stay, while the rest of the time they will provide a beautiful, neat-looking room.

 3. Store

Having adequate storage in your spare room is extremely important if you are going to rid it of unsightly clutter. If you include storage for everything, and it can be easily put away, you are less likely to leave things lying around.

Add tall shelves to make the most of the space available. Deep bookcases offer room for frames, magazines and general storage. The Maine collection (see below) with extra deep shelves helping you make the most of the storage space

Trunks are great for a spare room. They can double up as bedside tables, storage space for files and office necessities, and can be used by guests for storing clothes.

Leather storage trunks by Life of Riley

 If space allows for a bed, think about under bed storage for a great way to store things neatly and discreetly.

The Boxer Bed has more storage than you can imagine

 And once there’s a place for everything and everything has a place, labelling is really important. It makes it easier to find things later on, and for putting things away when you are tidying the room in the future.

4. Double up

If you are going to make the effort to de-clutter your spare room, why not use the opportunity to transform it into a room that’s both stylish and dual-purpose?

There are so many options for your spare room – home office, dressing room, reading room – the trickiest thing is deciding how to use it.

If the room is too small to be a useful bedroom, turning the space into a home office could be the answer, and it’s particularly popular with buyers if you are thinking about selling.

Obvious essentials include a desk and chair, but include plenty of storage for files and bills. If space is at a real premium, but you’d like to have the option for sleeping overnight guests, look for a desk or set of shelves that converts into a bed.

Desk and wall beds are a great idea if space is at a premium

Don’t forget a lick of paint to finish the room off. Clean, subdued colours work best in a home office. Pale yellow stimulates quick thinking, while white always looks smart in busy areas.

If you don’t need a home office, but love to read, your spare room could be a great place to relax away from the bustle of the house. Clever storage means the room can also be used as a guest room or a space for the kids to do their homework.

Feather and Black’s Evie day bed can be used as seating during the day

Using a carpenter is a great away of creating purpose-built storage to house all the books you might have, and if this is positioned to make space for a sofa or chair bed, it becomes a multi purpose, versatile space that buyers will love too.

These are just a few of our ideas for turning your spare room into a functional, practical space for everyone to enjoy. Why don’t you share your ideas and pictures with us, we’d love to see how you’ve de-cluttered your spare room.

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