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Make the Most of a Small Spare Room

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, you might still find it’s too small for you to pursue your most ambitious plans. If you’ve dreamed of a plush guest suite, a home gym or a man cave outfitted with all the latest gadgets and games consoles, you might find yourself due for a rude awakening when the only space you have spare is a box room that could fit a single bed at most.

You might be surprised at what you can achieve if you work within your limitations and do what you can to maximise the small space. Today we’ve got some tips to get you started on making the most of that small spare room.

Clear the Clutter

If you only have a small spare room and you want to make use of it, whether it’s as an office, a guest room or something more esoteric, you can’t afford to use it for storage as well. Every square inch you fill with clutter restricts what you have available for your primary purpose, and it will be extremely obvious in a small space. If you’re trying to work in your home office you’ll lose productivity if you’re feeling claustrophobic and hemmed in by boxes.

Start with a drastic clear out. If you need to store things that you can’t get rid of immediately, or don’t want to part with long term, companies like byStored don’t just keep your possessions safe, they also collect them so you don’t have to worry about hiring a van to get them to the storage facility!

Make the Most of a Small Spare Room

Use the Right Colours

A small space is easily overpowered with bright colours and patterns: keeping things simple will help the room feel bigger and less oppressive.

If it’s lit well by natural light – and in a small room even a single window could provide enoug, you can capitalise on this with very light colours, even white! This again, gives more of a sense of space.

If the room doesn’t have much natural light, white will always look a little grubby and grey, so counteract this by taking a bolder tack and choosing something more highly coloured.

Go Vertical

You need to maximise the use of space in a small room. Making sure you go from floor to ceiling as well the length of the walls horizontally is important to get the best use from the room. Whether that’s installing a bed with built in storage and desk space, or installing a large mirror high on the wall to reflect light from a window, look up when you’re furnishing to find more ideas!

*This is a collaborative post.

This article has 21 comments

  1. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    I’ll have to come back to this when my oldest daughter ever moves out. Her bedroom is small, but she’s made great use of the space. I’ll eventually want to change it up, but have no idea where to start!

  2. Ana De- Jesus

    I agree a small room can look gaudy if you over accessorize so keeping it simple will make it minimal in a good way!Clearing the clutter is so important as well!

  3. Jenn JG

    I love these tips for the spare room! I agree with the white to make a small room feel bigger

  4. Alli Smith

    What great ideas. I wish we had a spare room! Maybe when one of the kids move out we’ll finally have one 😉

  5. Heather @ Kraus House Mom

    My son has a small room and we stack things and hang things from the wall. That way he has more floor space.

  6. The Jedi Wife

    Our “spare” room has become my office, and it is definitely small! It also serves as a small guest room with a twin bed, and I have a fold out type desk that closes up in a cabinet when we have someone needing to use the room.

  7. emman damian

    I love on what you did on your “spare” room. I’m thinking of using our spare room as guest room. Maybe I need to do some designs for it.

  8. Pospi Otuson

    I feel really surprised some persons are talking about how small the rooms of their children are.

    In my own case, I live in a small family house of up to 20 relatives I wouldn’t want to talk about it but I must say thanks for this awesome post

  9. Courtney Blacher

    It looks like a minimalist style! Neat but looks professional! I love on what you did in your spare room!

  10. Ravmeet Oberoi

    I needed this post! Just moved into a new room and need to organize and maintain the room. This helps a lot.

  11. MONNKA

    We just bought a new apartment and I collect ideas. That’s good for me!

  12. TColeman

    This is some great advice. Some of those small spaces just seem like there is no use but there really is.

  13. Joanna

    It’s true that we usually keep the things we are not using anymore in the smallest room of the house and we wend up cluttering it. Your advice is great on how to give the life back to the room and who knows, maybe transform it in a study or a workout room.

  14. Sahrish Adeel

    I recently decorated my guest room which is a very small room but I had to work with the place. Your tips are exactly what I did as well. 🙂

  15. corinne & kirsty

    This is such a great post! i always spend so much time deciding on how i can use the space of a room!

  16. Sondra Barker

    The color of the room can really make or break how spacious it feels! I’ve been into homes with darker colors on the walls, and it feels like you’re in a cave even though the room was large. Bright colors are a must for small spaces!

    Sondra xx

  17. Suzanne Spiegoski

    Less is more and white always makes a small room look more spacious.

  18. Brandi

    Wow I am totally in love with this. I love the color choices.

  19. Kiwi

    This is great tips for a small room. Natural light and minimizing bright colors sounds like it would make it bigger.

  20. Kitty

    I love these ideas for the spare room… I would love to try these for our spare room for this holiday season 😀

  21. ellen beck

    The keeping it neat is he tough part! I have a small sewing room and my fabric starts taking it over! I need to get more organized for sure.

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