A spare room you’ll actually want to use

Article by Homes to Love

With ANZ, Homes to Love is exploring the ways we live now, under the theme of ‘Flexible Spaces’ – and how this trend allows us to live and build today.

Spare rooms often end up as the “guest room”; aka the storage room that’s hardly used. With space at a premium in many homes, why not create a more flexible use for your spare room. We’ve come up with a few double-duty options and some furniture that will fit right in.

Flexible living, compact desk

Tokyo Desk, Danskemobler

Use a compact but practical desk

Circle rug, flexible spaces

Define the work space from the sleeping space with a rug like this round floor rug or artwork.

Guest bedroom, light woods

end of bed storage, wooden trunk

For extra storage in a guest bedroom, a wooden trunk like this one can double as a seat.

frames, frame wall

Use the walls as a gallery space for your photos and artwork, take a look at this set of frames

desk space, storage, storage boxes

aqua storage boxes

Storage boxes in different colours are decorative and keep things organised.

sofa couch, square couch, Freedom

If you need to include a couch or potentially have guests stay then this sofa bed won’t take up too much space and can be folded up or down in different seating combinations and as a bed.

storage, entertainment unit

Sit the television on this side board. The cupboards and open shelves are perfect for showing off books and art pieces and hiding the electronics you don’t want to be seen.

sofa bed, square, white, aqua room

A sofa bed that’s comfy enough for snuggling up and watching movies on like this one is important for a library/entertainment room, it can still be folded out for guests when they come to stay.

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