Getting creative in the home is one of the best ways to maximise your assets or, for renters, is a great way to make your mark, creating a welcoming and comfortable retreat from the stresses and strains of everyday life.  Futon Company reviews some of the best ideas on the web…

 The Spare Room as a Multi-Functional Space

Ryan Hirst suggests taking a multi-functional approach to the spare room.  He says ‘most guest rooms lie unused throughout of the year, so turning your spare room into a multi-purpose space that’s still practical for overnight visitors while also having another attraction to it can be a great way of adding value to your home and showing buyers how versatile your home is.’  The first priority, he says, is to decide what you need.  ‘Leaving a room unused – whether it’s a spare bedroom, a dining room or box room – is a real sin in these times of high property prices. [Many] of us have a room that’s little used – or not used well, so why not transform the whole family’s life by rethinking it? The trickiest thing is to decide how to use it. It might be best as part office, part spare room, or part music and sitting room, or part spare bedroom and home gym. You needn’t spend a fortune to fit it out – it’s just a case of reworking the floor space, getting the right furniture and good storage.’  If the primary use of your spare room is an office space, Ryan has good news, ‘A big room is not essential when creating a home office, but it does depend on how much storage space will be needed. If you have little paperwork and reference documents, you won’t need much more than a desk space.’

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