Whether you just moved into a new house or you’ve been living in the same place for a few years now, there’s nothing quite as frustrating as having a spare room that you don’t know what to do with. If you’re in a similar situation, here are a few ideas that can help you finally create a purpose for that pesky spare room in your home.

Create Your Own Yoga Room

Almost 28% of Americans have practiced yoga at some point in their lives. Not only is yoga an excellent practice for flexibility and balance, but it’s also considered a very calming activity. If you’ve been doing yoga in your basement or in your living room, this is your sign to stop. Instead of practicing yoga where there’s space available, it’s time to dedicate a space to your yoga practice. When you decide to dedicate space to a particular activity or life practice like yoga, you’re making a commitment to yourself and your health. The best part? You can decorate it in whatever way feels best for your yoga practice. If you need lots of light and openness for your yoga practice, make it so with sheer curtains, white accent pieces, and lots of lighting. If a cozier atmosphere is what helps you get through your yoga practice, then decorate with that in mind. In addition to providing the perfect atmosphere, dedicating a room to your practice means that you have the space you need for all of your fitness equipment. It’s a win-win situation!

Use Your Room as an Art Studio

If art is your passion, then it makes sense to dedicate an entire room to it. This is especially important if you make it your business to make and sell your art. Having a dedicated art studio at home means you don’t need to slough through all the elements to a detached studio space or pay ridiculous rental fees for leasing a private loft. It also means that you can organize it however you wish. Some artists might thrive on keeping things neat and tidy, but others may need a little bit of chaos to get their creative juices flowing. When you’re using a co-working space or in a building with other art suites, it might feel like you don’t have any creative control over your space because it’s not really yours. Work in art therapy? It might have been discovered in the 1940s, but it’s still going strong today. And with a home studio, you can run classes right from your own house. Creating art feels best when your whole space reflects the art you create.

Turn it Into a Library

Whether you’re an avid reader or you just love buying and displaying books in your home, there’s no going wrong with a home library. You don’t need wall-to-wall bookshelves or a high-backed leather chair to create the perfect reading space, either. Instead, invest in as many bookshelves as you need to store your books (leaving room for new additions, of course) and craft your perfect reading space. Whether that means beanbag chairs or mid-century modern furniture is totally up to you. But once you’ve solved your book storage problem, it’s likely you’ll never go back to being without a home library again. Add a few well-placed lamps and a hidden mini-fridge for reading snacks and you might never leave!

Almost 5.4 million existing homes were sold in 2019. If you’re living in one of them and you have an empty spare room, what are you waiting for? Any one of these special spaces could find a home in your house. All you need to do is decide which is right for you.

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