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Think about this: an empty room, a blank canvas. The ideas of what you can do with this space are endless. That's the problem, though. Whether you need practical space for storage or you're looking for creative uses, there is just SO much you can do with that extra bedroom.

To help you get the ball rolling, we've compiled a list of ideas for you to make the most out of the space and convert it into something useful.:

Practical Spaces

1. Guest Bedroom

Are you in charge of hosting the whole clan each major holiday? A more traditional use for an extra bedroom can be turning it into a guest bedroom. If you find that friends, family, your kids' friends, or long-lost relatives are visiting your house frequently, a guest bedroom might be a helpful use of that spare space.

2. Extra Storage

Couldn't we all use a little bit of extra storage space? With all that extra stuff laying around, clutter can become a real obstacle for homeowners. If you lack a basement, attic, or find yourself wanting to use your garage in the winter, consider having a bedroom as extra storage. To complement the area, add some shelving for a convenient space to put all your extra gear.

3. Airbnb Rental

If you're looking to make a few extra bucks and enjoy meeting new people, why not put your extra room up as a short-term rental on Airbnb? Airbnb and other rental sites allow you to turn that empty space of yours into a financially performing asset. Use that extra money to pay down your mortgage or for a weekend getaway.

4. Home Office

If you find yourself bringing work home or even working from your couch on a daily basis, converting your extra bedroom into a home office may be the right idea. With the right setup and accessories like a computer monitor, desk, and high-speed internet access, a home office could allow you to work from home comfortably while increasing your productivity.

5. Kid's Play Room

Do you have young kids? Odds are you'll find yourself continually stepping over, and on, their toys (ouch!). By giving the kids a playroom of their own, you can eliminate this issue entirely.

The Entertainment Spaces

1. Game Room

If you're a little competitive, a grand strategy to rid yourself of the weekday work stress might be found in a new game room. With a comfy hangout and a pool table, arcade game, or foosball table, you'll be able to have some fun while beating your friends in a game or two.

2. Theatre

Theaters are perfect for moviegoers and even entertaining guests. Have a relaxing movie night, binge-watch the latest shows, or watch your favorite sport on the big screen without leaving your house. Don't forget the popcorn!

3. Library

Many of us unwind at the end of the day by reading our favorite stories for entertainment, education, or inspiration. A home library is often an expression of your insightful personality. After all, no technology can compare to that feeling of a good book in your hands.

4. Man Cave

Turn that extra space into an area that's exclusively yours; one where you can go and just be yourself, kick back, and take it easy. Go ahead, you deserve it.

Hobby Spaces

1. Recording Studio

Are you musically inclined? That extra room might make for the perfect spot for your home studio and audio recordings. Bring out your inner indie band, write some songs, or even start up your own podcast.

2. Wine Cellar

Does that extra bedroom happen to be in your basement? If so, then it wouldn't be out of the ordinary to convert that bedroom into a wine cellar for connoisseurs who like having a variety of wines at their fingertips.

3. Meditation Space

In today's world, it's hard to underestimate the benefits of consistent meditation. With lives becoming increasingly busy, it's sometimes helpful to come home to an empty room with a yoga mat, futon, or empty floor to clear your thoughts. This doesn't require many changes to the existing room and can be extremely useful.

Want some help finding your perfect home? Clever has local real estate agents who are happy to help you brainstorm about that extra bedroom. Contact a Clever agent today.


Ben Mizes

Ben Mizes is the co-founder and CEO of Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top agents to save thousands on commission. He's an active real estate investor with 22 units in St. Louis and a licensed agent in Missouri. Ben enjoys writing about real estate, investing, personal finance, and financial freedom. He's a serial entrepreneur, having run several successful startups before Clever Real Estate. Ben's writing has been featured in Yahoo Finance, Realtor News, CNBC, and BiggerPockets.

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