Taking Advantage of a Spare Room

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The other day I was browsing the web when I came across this amazingly interesting article, about how much spare space us Brits have, in our houses. I was stunned to learn that many British homes have enough spare space to create a double bedroom.

Of course, in many cases this space is in the loft, which means that you would have to invest some cash to utilise it. However, apparently many families actually have a spare room that they use for nothing more important than storing junk.

This is a huge shame because there is so much that you can do with that space.

Here are a few ideas.

Turn it into a gaming room

If you have keen gamers in your family, turning the room over to gaming can be a great idea.  This is especially the case if your kids have several consoles and extras, like steering wheels. Also, having enough space opens up the option to buy a special gaming chair, which is fantastic if you like driving.

Rent it out

Another option is to rent your room out. You can make good money doing this, and, in the UK, you can earn up to £7,500 a year without having to pay additional rent.

Naturally, the room has to be in reasonable condition for you to be able to find a tenant, which means you will need to spend a bit of money to try this idea out.

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However, you do not actually have to invest much.

Clearing out the room and painting it yourself and laying laminate flooring is an inexpensive way to give it a makeover. Until recently, furniture hire in the UK was quite rare.

But, these days it is not hard to find a company that will lease you a good quality bed and wardrobe. Taking this approach allows you to dip your toe into the rental market without having to spend too much money to do so. If you find you like this way of earning money, you can then go out and buy some furniture to use.

Whom you rent your room out to is your choice. You can take on a full-time lodger, or just lease it out on an occasional basis to tourists.

Use it as a snug

If neither of those ideas appeals it is well worth considering turning it into a chill out zone. Putting a nice sofa into it, a simple sound system is all you need to do to turn it into a space you can use to get away from it all.

If you want you can add a TV, but it is actually nice to have an area in your home where you can go to get away from your electronics. Being able to sit somewhere comfortable in total silence and just read is priceless. It is a simple pleasure that many of us have forgotten because we do not do it often.

So, if you have a spare room you are not currently using, now could be a good time to take a look and see what you can do with it. Doing so will allow you to open up a bit more space in your home and put it to good use. Plus, of course, you can potentially give most of that junk to a charity and let them benefit from selling it.