Empty Nest: Repurposing Kids Rooms

Filling an empty nest

– Guest blogger: Brooke Balco, Communications Specialist

Is the nest empty? Have the children gone back to college or live on their own? Now you can finally take advantage of the extra space, make the room more functional and have some fun. 

“Having enough bedrooms for each of your children was a priority when you bought your home,” said Fran Broude, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Now that they’re grown and out of the house you can use those rooms in new ways.”

A few ideas to help make the nest not-so-empty: 

The Hobby Room: Create a room for sewing, scrapbooking, or an art studio. With a dedicated hobby room, there will be no longer be a need for using the dining room table for crafts. You can have a room where you can keep projects going.

Home Theater: Enjoy date nights at home with dinner and a movie in a custom built home theater. Furnish with individual recliners or a leather sectional sofa, and be sure to install surround sound to complete the experience.

Game Room: Furnish with a pool table, large TV with the latest video games, or a card table for board games. Add accessories to create an atmosphere of fun.

Storage: A small bedroom can serve as a handy cedar closet. Clear out the bedroom furniture and line the walls of the with cedar plank or panel liners.

Exercise Room: Renew your commitment to healthy living and staying active. Build a home gym or yoga room. Add a treadmill, weight bench or even a corner punching bag. Install wall-to-wall mirrors for the full experience. This space will help motivate you to stay fit.

Home Office: Converting the bedroom into a sophisticated home-office is a gives you your own work space.  An “office armoire” will make the room function as an office, but can be closed to make a desk less conspicuous even if you still need to keep an extra bed.

Guest Room: Create the ultimate guest room. Your guests will not have to sleep on the couch anymore. Design a haven with a new bed, comforter, and pillows. Get creative with color, wall hangings and accessories.

The possibilities for an empty room are limitless.

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