About Empty-Nester Space RepurposingBefore you commit to a specific idea, go through all the stuff in the space. This is a great time to do a little spring cleaning, going through your garage and attic, sorting even more stuff to sell and give away, and other things to throw out.
Another thing you should do is to take some time to consider what’s most useful for your new lifestyle. If your child is going to be visiting, along with other family and friends, it’s probably a good idea to keep it as a bedroom, but one that’s more of a guest room.
Some families prefer to leave bedrooms alone when their children move out after high school; they want their children to have a familiar place to come home to. But for the parents who want to find a new use for that space, experts have some suggestions. If you plan to stay in your home, says Judith Sisler Johnston of Sisler Johnston Interior Design in Jacksonville, FL, you’d be wise to invest in a renovation that might include built-ins, lighting, and new furniture. —Bob Vila.com
- Turn it into a guest suite. With just a few tweaks here and there, you can turn it into a guest room. Or, if you’d prefer, either partially remove a wall to give it direct access to a bathroom to make it an en-suite.
- Use the space for a hobby. Another possible use is to refit it to make it into a hobby room. You can always implement a few things to quickly transform it into a guest space.
- Convert it to a home office. If you already have a guest room, you might consider transforming it into a home office. Just add a desk, a futon or couch, and a few other items and it’s ready to go.
- Remake it into a media room. Another great conversion is to make the space into a media room. Hang a large flat screen television, add some comfortable seating, and install light-blocking blinds.
If you need help with clearing out the room and/or with disposing of things, just phone (954) 248-1138 or visit AAA Rousse Services.