There is a lot to be said for having a bit of extra space in your home. A third garage, that second closet in the master suite, a bigger than average mudroom – additional square footage in these areas is great. What if you had an extra room entirely?
Many of the DJK Custom Home floor plans available in Stewart Ridge include a bonus room on the second floor in addition to the master suite and other bedrooms. Some people intentionally choose these floor plans and have big plans for the space. Others might not be so sure about how to utilize it, so the room ends up empty or haphazardly thrown together, vaguely resembling a “rec room.” If this sounds familiar, take a look at these five ideas focused around helping you get the most out of your upstairs bonus room.
The Media Room: If you’re a movie buff or have videogame loving teenagers in the home, this is the way to go. Set up a large TV or projector (size permitting) and a few theater chairs with cup holders. And whether you build or buy your entertainment shelving unit, make sure it will work with all your electronics and easily hide cords.
The Craft Room: Scrapbooking, painting or model building often gets relegated to the kitchen or guest room, and if you craft often and have a slew of supplies, you know how annoying that can be. Start by setting up either one large table or two separate desks. From there, your second focus should be on storage, storage and more storage. Compartmentalize and label everything so you’re never stuck guessing where the scissors or stamps are. Opt for hanging shelves on the wall to leave as much room as possible for walking around. And don’t be afraid to do something fun with the walls, like wide stripes, polka dots or a bold mural.
The Workout Room: No more excuses about not having time for the gym. To make the most of the space, purchase an all-in-one machine along with several smaller items – like free weights, a yoga ball, bands, etc. To really achieve a health club feel, install at least one mall of mirrors and top it off with basket of fresh towels. Go with a bright green or purple on the walls.
The Home Office: Similar to crafting, working from home can lead to scattered paperwork, cords in unsightly locations and a lack of productivity. Turn your spare room into a home office by balancing aesthetic appeal with functionality. Don’t make the space too comfortable or bedroom-like because that mental separation is important. Install a desk, bulletin board, office chair, calendars and other items/décor that you’d find in a formal office. Keep the walls a neutral tone that isn’t stark white – maybe a soft beige or grey. For added effect, install a large wall map or experiment with chalkboard paint.