Friday 18 September 2015

Our Spare Room

When we were house hunting one of the things we were desperate for was a house with space. We felt so fed up of our tiny flat and were hopeful that we'd be able to afford to buy a place with three rooms and a garden.
We were ecstatic when we found somewhere perfect that was not only in a great location and within our budget, but also gave us the extra rooms that we'd been craving. 
So it may seem odd to be confessing that one of these rooms we'd been so desperate for we're struggling to know what to do with.
With one spare room currently being transformed into an office the other room has become a storage space for unpacked boxes and with no idea of what to do with our extra room we don't seem to be in any hurry to get them emptied.
We have a handful of friends and family that come to visit us so we know we need somewhere for them to sleep, but we also need the space to be functional to give us some extra storage space for my ridiculous collection of coats, shoes and books. I don't want our poor guests to be sleeping in an uncomfortable room full of clutter and forgotten junk.

I've been hoping that as we begin to build up each of our other rooms that inspiration would just hit us but so far it doesn't seem to be happening. We're constantly changing our minds about what to do with the room and even hunting through Pinterest is leaving us feeling lost.
The room really needs to include something affordable for guests to sleep on, so we're currently looking into practical beds online at Bedstar amongst other sites to optimise space and still look good. Storage is also an important element of the room. We'll need a way to hide our excess bits and bobs. We want to create a room that is practical but also somewhere that won’t just get forgotten about.
Our ideas so far have included setting the room up as a proper guestroom, a walk in wardrobe (one of these would be the dream!) and a cosy snug for chilling out. But we're just not sure what to do! 
So I'm shouting out to you guys to help. Do you have an unloved spare room? I'd love to hear your ideas of how we can make it work.


  1. I think you should have a sofa bed in there and turn it into a reading/chill room - kind of like a second living room but without the TV xx

  2. We have a guest room/ reading room/ craft room and it really seems to work. I love sitting in there to read or do some work on my laptop. You could look at sofa beds if it's a small room, and maybe have a pretty screen to create a walk in wardrobe area for you?
    Zoe | floral and feather

  3. I agree with above commenter - a sofa bed would be ideal, you can get some really great ones that are very cosy! Perhaps you could put an extra wardrobe in there for storage, too? x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

  4. I am in the same predicament as you. I have a spare room and no clue what to do with it. At the moment it is just used to dump my washing. But I want it to be a functional space.
    Congratulations on the engagement too by the way. This is wonderful news.

    Gems x
    Fashion, Well Done

  5. Hi,

    I'm Ben from Dickinsons and we hope you've had a brilliant week. I've just read your blog post and I love your ideas. A walk-in wardrobe is probably more feasible than you think. We know a number of female customers who have chosen a beautiful wallpaper print, putting rails around three of the four walls leaving the final wall for a mirror, a make-up table, a small chair and a wardrobe.

    Alternatively, more couples are opting for a second living room space (or a perhaps a "man-cave" alternative) for the times when you both want to watch two different things on TV for example. The room could be converted into beautiful getaway/escape yet with a sofa bed which means it could be converted into an elegant spare room in seconds.

    We offer a free one hour consultation across our stores with our interior design teams so do let us know if you'd like to book an appointment:

    Have a great weekend : )

  6. We're having the exact same issue. We moved from a two bed flat to a three bed house so we have a whole room to furnish. John's parents will be moving to Scotland in a few years and mine are already in the highlands so we've decided to set up two guest bedrooms and work our things in around what our guests will need. It would be so nice to be able to have both families staying at once.

  7. It's so hard to know what to do with a space like that but definite woman cave no? Sofa bed for the guests when they rock up but mostly a space for you, filled with pretty things for you to escape into now and again!
    M x


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