Bonus rooms are a great multipurpose space that can provide numerous benefits to everyone in a family. With its versatility and spaciousness, bonus rooms have become a very desirable space for homebuyers and even owners looking to renovate. From being an open, welcoming, family-focused space to being a quiet, private area for work, bonus rooms offer flexibility that few other areas of a home can provide. When you’re considering how to use the bonus room in your new home, consider some of these household favourites.
A space for focus
Whether you own a business or frequently work from home, you know that there are distractions everywhere! Using your great room for a home office is a great way to help separate business from pleasure and provide yourself with a quiet, distraction-free and productive work environment.
If you have a larger great room, incorporating a homework station for kids or a small home library are great ways to complete your office space; turning your great room into a space exclusively for creativity and productivity!
A space for fun
The great room is a space that the whole family should be able to use and enjoy and what’s more enjoyable than a fun games room? Few rooms can bring a family together for fun and entertainment like a games room can; whether it be billiards and foosball or a simple game of Monopoly! Set up tables for puzzles and card or board games. Maybe even create a designated station for something like an air hockey table and let the games begin! Keep the fun and games in one room of your house with a well designed games room so that the rest of your home stays clutter-free and open.
Lights, camera, action!
One of the most popular uses for a great room is turning it into a home theatre room. A large television, speakers and comfortable seating is all it takes to transform this space into a movie marathon paradise. Home theatres are perfect for a great room that is darker or has less natural lighting; that makes it easier to capitalize on the ambiance of the movie watching experience! A home theatre is a space everyone in the family can take advantage of and enjoy any time.
A second space for relaxing
For parents, sometimes it seems like there is never enough space. This is especially true if you or your kids enjoy entertaining friends. Turning your bonus room into a second living room creates a great space within your home where your kids can have friends over in their own space; freeing up the main living room for you to have company of your own! This also provides a second space for television, reading, or just relaxing after a long day. For families, this can be a highly valuable asset for their home.
A focus on health
Health, fitness and wellbeing has become a very popular trend. Gyms are filling up and it is getting harder to find the space and time for that sought after exercise. A great way to ensure the gym is always close by is to bring the gym home! Bonus rooms are a great space to make your own home gym. With ample floor space and an open concept layout, moving any exercise equipment into the room is easier than it would be in a smaller, more crammed room. The open space also makes it easy to do exercise movements without obstruction. Large windows, fresh air and bright sunlight can also create an added natural energy to the space; making it easy to stay motivated at home. If you’re looking to get beach ready before the summer really hits, a home gym is the perfect use for your great room!
Whether you need a space for productivity, family time or health and wellness, there is a long list of fun and creative uses for your great room that everyone in your family can enjoy. As you determine what option will work best for your family, remember all of the great options available to you and pick the one that best suits your family’s lifestyle.