Spare Room in London: Guest Room, Store Room or Study?

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room in your house or flat you might be grappling with the dilemma of what to do with it. On the one hand you could make it into a guest bedroom – so your pals from out-of-town can visit. On the other you might decide it’s just a store room – somewhere to keep your stuff. Or you could plump for a study – particularly if you are at working towards a qualification and need organised workspace. We look at the pros and cons of each and suggest an alternative option…

A spare room is a valuable thing in any household, but more-so in London where space has always been at a premium. So if you’re lucky enough to have one you’ll almost certainly have thought about how to make best use of it.

The Guest Room – If you’re the kind of person who likes to entertain, guest rooms are a wonderful use for your spare space and the chances are – being in London – you’re bound to have no shortage of visitors too. If you do decide to plump for a guest room then neutral colours are best as it will be appealing to most of your visitors. Creams colours will keep things bright, light and airy without being in-your-face. Setting them off with the subtle use of one or two complimentary colours should do it – Purples and Blues are a safe bet.  It’s also worth making sure the bed is super comfy – and you don’t have to break the bank for that with an expensive mattress. Quality foam varieties (such as the Relyon Firm Support) are perfect where the bed is not in constant use. Some even come with a 5 year guarantee.

The Studyif you’re working from home, or working on a qualification, you might choose to arrange your spare room space as a study. A quiet, purpose designed place where you can get away from other distractions is what you’ll be aiming for, but you’ll undoubtedly need wifi within range for your tech. Two other pieces of kit you’ll need – and are worth investing in – are a decent office chair and desk. Chair-wise – something ergonomic and supportive will ensure you don’t harm your posture (and the latest snappy designs can also ensure your room is modern and stylish). In the desk department, making sure it is exactly the right height (some have adjustable legs), with a big enough expanse to accommodate both your technology and your paperwork.

The Storeroom – you could decide to use your spare room to store stuff. If you’re into your adrenaline sports then it could be a great place to keep your bicycle, surfboard, parachute, skis, snowboard, camping gear and scuba tanks…  Or if you’re into musical performance you could use it for instruments and amps. Ladies might like it as an extended shoe cupboard. The use is yours to decide.

Have it all: keep things flexible – clever furniture can mean that your space is convertible. Last year we looked at some really clever transformable furniture and apartments which might provide inspiration. So your spare room could be a study when you need to study and a guest room for those weekends when your mates are visiting. The only thing you might find tricky is using it as a store room, because it won’t work especially well as a bedroom or a study if it is full of clutter.

You’ll probably know that we have a solution for such circumstances, a storage unit is a cost effective way of making space for the things that are just taking up room at home – keeping the room free for whatever purpose you decide to use it for.

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