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Most spaces in your home already have a designated use. The kitchen is where you gather with family and your master bedroom is your nighttime respite. So when you have a room that doesn’t have a clear purpose, you might be left scratching your head.

Bonus rooms are often found tucked away over garages or in attics and sometimes create challenging layouts. But a little clever planning can help you define the space and turn your bonus rooms into one of the best places in your home. Not sure what to do with the awkwardly placed space? Here are some ideas

Two small girls sitting on the chairs and studying
Homework Space or Virtual Learning Area

Your bonus room could be the perfect homework space. Quiet and free of distractions like TV and video games, a few comfortable chairs and a workspace turn a big, empty space into a peaceful place for kids to buckle down. Just make sure you paint the walls with whiteboard paint for notes and use organizational solutions like built-ins.

Before and after image of a home office space
Home Office

You might not need a homework room, but bonus rooms can work great as studies or home offices as well. Because they’re often separated from noisy rooms like the kitchen, they’re the perfect place to get a little work done. With a solid desk, ample lighting, and a computer, a bonus room might become a catalyst for productivity – or at least a quiet place for conference calls and test-taking.

Teen Hangout

Let’s face it. Teens don’t always want to hang out with the rest of the family. Still, you can at least keep them in your house if you give them a private space they can call their own. A teen hangout spot might include a TV and gaming system, a speaker for their phones, plenty of charging outlets, and even a snack station or mini fridge to satisfy those never-ending appetites.

Gaming room
Gaming Room

If you have video game-aholics in your family – whether they’re kids or adults – you know how annoying it can be to have your TV constantly tied up by the latest Xbox release. A gaming room might be your answer. Setting a gaming room might mean finally getting your living room back.

Home Gym or Yoga Studio

Busy working on your fitness? Stop tripping over dumbbells and workout mats by using your bonus room as a family fitness center. You’ll have plenty of space for various workout machines and equipment. Plus, you can add a few fans and a drink cooler to stay cool and hydrated.

Room with exercise instruments
Craft Room

If you’re crafty, you know that your supplies can get messy. Organize them and put all of your materials in place by using your bonus room as a crafting space. Keep all of your supplies organized and at the ready. Add your sewing machine and fabric stash and you have a dedicated space to get creative.

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