It’s the prime time for a spring clean. And with the lighter nights and longer days, many of us are looking for ways to freshen up our interiors and make the best of our homes.
The spare room is notorious for being the dumping ground for bits and bobs that you can’t find a home for. But have you ever thought of utilising this space for a study or guest room? Unleash its full potential with this simple yet effective design advice…
With the lock-down set to continue, why not put the extra time to good use and carry out a good old spring clean? And what better place to start than the spare room. Sort through your clutter and separate your belongings into three piles. One to keep, one to throw away and one to re-home. Once done, you should find yourself with a lot more space. You may even have found something that would go perfectly elsewhere in the house.
Getting rid of all your unwanted belongings may have to wait, so maybe designate a space in the garage or shed as a temporary home for them. Next it’s time to give your home a thorough clean from high to low. Polish and open the windows, let some natural light in and sweep away the cobwebs.
Update your décor
You don’t have to spend a fortune to transform your spare room. If you are on a budget, utilise the items you already have. Instead of spending money on paint, use leftovers from a previous project to jazz up that tarnished mirror which has been hogging space in the top of your wardrobe. How about dying some old curtains or trying your hand at upholstery to create a new dressing table stool?
Switching accessories around your home can also breathe new life into each room. An excessive number of photos in your living room? Personalise your spare room with a few to make it look really homely. Plus you can dust off cushions and throws from previous revamps and mix and match to great effect!
It’s not always easy to come to a decision. A home study might be useful during the week, but come the weekend, a children’s playroom may be beneficial. Not to mention the need for a guest room when family come to stay. With smart storage and multi-functional furniture, however, you don’t need to choose.
With a little creativity and inventive design, your spare room can be the space that just keeps on giving. Built-in cupboards and under-bed storage compartments will allow you to keep your belongings out of sight, and make the most of even the smallest of spaces.
Shelves are also a good way to show off your items, and save critical floor space without having to spend a fortune. And by investing in decorative items that fit your particular space and storage requirements, you’re less likely to revert to using the spare room as a dumping ground.
Give your room a new lease of life with the experts at Hartleys. Whilst our showroom remains closed, do take a look at our website for stylish ideas on how to maximise your space, and if you’d like to fill in our Request A Design Visit form, we’ll contact you to arrange an appointment as soon as we’re back in action.