Kids Flown the Coop? Re-Purpose the Spare Bedroom
By: Cathi Lloyd-Decorating Den
If your children are in college or have ‘flown the coop’ it may be time to give a bedroom a face lift….maybe even repurpose that room to do double duty and function for your new lifestyle. Many Fabulous over 50 women are decorating their kids rooms and making them more functional.
Would you love to have a home office? A place for your computer, printer, fax and all the other technology that we need to keep up with today’s fast-paced lifestyles. Do you need a place to work on craft projects? And still need an extra sleeping area when company comes calling. Then you are in need of repurposing a bedroom!
Because it’s important that your multi use room be functional as well as decorative, utilizing the services of a professional interior decorator will be the key to your success. A decorator can access the space and provide furniture that will be beautiful and functional. Book shelves and storage can hide a Murphy bed that will fold down out of the wall when the office needs to accommodate overnight visitors. With the additional floor space opened up, you can add a free standing desk or a work table for crafts.
Another space saving idea is to reconfigure the existing closet to allow for the necessary office equipment. By removing the shelves and clothes bar, you’d be surprised how much additional office space you might uncover! And when you close those closet doors in the evening your work is hidden from view!
In an effort to update bedrooms and appeal to potential buyers in the future, many of my clients are replacing carpet with hardwood flooring. There are many size planks, different woods, stains and finishes available. The same wood choice may be used in the hall and other bedrooms. More and more home buyers are requesting wood floor instead of carpet. Additional softness and color can be added to these rooms with coordinating area rugs.
Now that the kids have gone away to college and you have an empty nest, you can experiment. Step out of your box and have fun with new colors and new styles in your multipurpose bedroom. Make your home Fabulous! This room is all about you now so make sure it reflects your taste and personality!