Making the Most of a Spare Room
Decide What You Need
- Leaving a room unused - whether it's a spare bedroom, a dining room or box room - is a real sin in these times of high property prices (despite the slump). Most of us have a room that's little used - or not used well, so why not transform the whole family's life by rethinking it? The trickiest thing is to decide how to use it. It might be best as part office, part spare room, or part music and sitting room, or part spare bedroom and home gym. You needn't spend a fortune to fit it out - it's just a case of reworking the floor space, getting the right furniture and good storage.
More and more of us are deciding to turn our rarely used rooms into a home office, and it is a great idea. They are a popular with home buyers, especially if the room is too small to be a useful bedroom. Chris Brown, Vice President of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) says 'Our research shows that a growing number of people are now working from home, so a home office will have a broad appeal.
The Must-Have's of a Home Office
A big room is not essential when creating a home office, but it does depend on how much storage space will be needed. If you have little paperwork and reference documents, you won’t need much more than a desk space. Here are a few other things to consider:
Get a phone line connected to the room to access the internet.
Home offices benefit from clean, subdued colours to create a professional atmosphere. Pale yellow stimulates quick thinking and white always looks smart in busy areas.Continued on the next page