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Spare room ideas

Creative ideas to get the most from your extra rooms.

Orange diamond bedspread on double bed.

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.

Argos Home Hanna Stacking Guest Bed - Single.

1. Guest bedroom

With the addition of a sofa bed, single bed or futon, you can turn a spare room into a bedroom for overnight guests. Fill it with little comforts like a basket of towels at the end of the bed or some extra blankets for 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.

Sewing machine on desk in craft room.

3. 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.

Playroom.

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.

Gaming room.

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 chair and some cubby storage for your games and tech gear.

Wooden desk and blue desk chair.

6. 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.

Guest room comforts

Habitat Roxy Set of 4 Mugs.

Coffee break

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

Teal green throw on top of double bed.

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.

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How to decorate your spare room

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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!

Jay-Be Value Folding Bed Rebound e-Fibre Mattress - Single.

Foldable guest beds

You don’t need a full room to get 40 winks. Instead, opt for a lightweight, portable and foldable bed. They’re easy to tuck away and comfortably unpack when needed.

Argos Home Reagan Left Corner Fabric Sofa Bed - Natural.

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.

Argos Home Silver Stars Chair Bed.

Chair beds

Foldable and compact, these comfy little numbers can work in any room. A gaming chair, an extra seat around the TV or conveniently flip out for an emergency bed.

Helena Springfield Blush Arken Bedding Set - Single.

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.

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Space saving ideas

Grey ottoman with brown wooden legs, open to reveal pillows and throws inside.

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.

Off the peg.

Off the peg

Use coloured wooden pegs to create your own DIY hanging space. Great for those 'where's the hairdryer?!' mornings.

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.

Picture this.

Picture this

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

Multi-purpose furniture...

Tips for transforming a room

Grey velvet bed frame in bedroom.

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.

Modular furniture.

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.

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