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Spare room ideas

Creative ideas to get the most from your extra rooms.

What to do with a spare room?

Whether they're practical or fun, we've pulled together 6 popular ideas to make your spare room a more functional space.

A bedroom with yellow bed and side table and multicoloured home accessories.

1. Guest bedroom

With the addition of a bed, sofa bed, or futon, you can turn a spare room into a bedroom for overnight guests. If you want a space-saving guest bed, folding beds or day beds are ideal choices. Keep a basket of towels at the end of the bed or some extra blankets if they get cold.

Velvet green desk chair by blue and gold desk.

2. Home office

Turning a spare room into an office space is a great idea, especially if you need a quiet place to work. All you need is an office desk, a chair and a filing cabinet or set of drawers for sorting out your paperwork and clutter.

Argos Home Hallingford 3 drawer dressing table in grey.

3. Dressing room

With the help of shoe racks, shelving units and hanging rails, a spare room can be transformed into a walk-in wardrobe. In this space, you can organise your outfits and get ready in front of a full-length mirror.


4. Playroom

A spare room can be easily converted into a play space for kids. Decorate it with kid-sized furniture, stuffed animals and shelves of picture books. Get them involved in the decorating too - it'll make the space feel more like their own.

A girl playing video game sitting on X Rocker Alpha RGB Neo Motion LED eSports gaming chair.

5. Gaming room

If you love video games, then you might want to set up a dedicated gaming area in your spare room. Kit it out with a purpose-built gaming desk, a comfy gaming chair and some cubby storage for your games and tech gear.

4 Drawer plastic drawers in silver with stationery and craft materials in it.

6. Craft room

Have a hobby? Then why not use this space creatively. Try to incorporate a mix of different storage boxes and baskets, so you can keep all your craft tools and supplies organised and ready for when you need them.

Room to snooze

Secret beds make hosting overnight guests a breeze. Store extra bedding within easy reach - just don't forget the obligatory morning cuppa!

A Jay-Be crown premier folding bed with deep sprung mattress.

Foldable guest beds

Turn your extra room into an easy yet cosy haven for your guests. Opt for a lightweight, portable, and foldable bed to tuck away easily when not in need. 

A small double fabric sofa bed in grey placed next to a window.

Sofa beds

Make room to stretch with a sofa bed. Pick between your choice of styles to match your décor, and subtly solve any sleeping and seating arrangements.

A Habitat kid's grey stars print chair bed placed on a rug in a kid's room.

Chair beds

Foldable and fabulous, these comfy little numbers can work in any room. Use it as a gaming chair, an extra seat around the TV or conveniently flip out as an emergency bed for an overnight guest.

A Habitat kingsize wooden bed frame with velvet green bedding set.

Extra bedding

Create a sleep sanctuary for your visitors by stocking up on all things bedding. From pillows and sheets, to mattress toppers and cocoon-able duvets.

Our top sleeping spots...

Choose from best for your guests. Here are our top sofa beds and folding beds for when you have overnight guests.

Space saving ideas

GFW Verona window faux leather seat in brown.

Hideaway hacks

Not sure whether a spare room or home office is the best use of space? Be clever with your interior and pick multi-functional pieces such as stacking storage, nest of tables or ottomans, to optimise practicality, storage and style.

Overdoor hooks with 5 round hooks in chrome finish hung over a bathroom door with towels on it.

Off the hook

Use overdoor or wall hooks to create a handy storage spot. Great for hanging coats, or towels in the bathroom. You can even get creative and hang baskets for storing bits and bobs or perhaps some planters to add some freshness.

See-through storage.

See-through storage

Ditch the wardrobe and go for open rails instead. This will help to keep your room feeling airy and bright.

A pack of 6 gallery photo frames in black hung over a pink armchair.

Picture this

Add some personality to your spare space with a gallery wall full of prints.

Multi-purpose furniture...

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How to decorate your spare room

Guest room comforts

A Habitat double walled 8 cup cafetiere in gold finish placed on a wooden dining table.

Coffee break

One lump or two? Assemble a hotel style drinks station with tea and coffee for the morning.

A Habitat tufed cotton cushion in cream colour on a boucle while sofa.

All snuggled up

Place cosy comforts like cushions and throws near your guest bed or draped across chairs.

Argos Home Ribbed 6 Piece Towel Bale - Dove Grey.

Scrub up well

Your guests will never want to leave with little luxuries like fluffy towels and smellies.

Tips for transforming a room

A white bedroom with bold and bright coloured furniture including a yellow bed, sidetable and multi-coloured bedding and cushions.

What to do with a room?

  • Be honest and think about what you need from the room.
  • Make sure it’s a place that’ll benefit you.
  • Give it a purpose. This’ll help with decorating too.
  • Focus on the features, such as a window or high walls.
  • Stick with neutral colours to make it adaptable and easy to switch up.
  • For smaller places, pick lighter shades and use mirrors to reflect light.
  • Use the space wisely with multi-purpose furniture and savvy storage solutions.
  • As it’s a spare room, why not get creative and do something bold or unique?

More help and inspiration

Small space ideas.

Small space ideas

The best space-saving products for your spare room.

Spacepro white framed mirror sliding door storage kit in a grey bedroom.

Modular furniture

Kit out your space with our flexible furniture options.

Bed size guide.

Bed size guide

Find a bed frame or divan bed for your guest bedroom.

Wardrobe ideas.

Wardrobe ideas

Choose a wardrobe to maximise your storage space.