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What do I do with a child's old bedroom?

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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It’s that moment you've been waiting for all these years, they've finally flown the nest! And what better to celebrate than to reward yourself for all your hard work than giving yourself a new room to use! But what should the room be? This is a question that many ask themselves and that’s why, today, we've compiled a list of great ideas of what to do with an old kid’s room.  

But first, a few tips that you should consider when you think about remodelling an unused child’s bedroom

1 Do you host a lot of guests, or need a guest room? Also, when your child comes back to stay for the night, where will they sleep? 

2 What to do with the furniture? Reuse it? Sell it? Upcycle it? The choice is yours 

3 Old toys etc. Don’t throw them away without thinking, a lot of this stuff can have huge sentimental value. So, put it in the loft or garage until they come and collect it. 

4 Which function should have the room in the future? If you aren't going to be hosting, the world is your oyster! Make it what you want -but make sure its something you what to use. 

1. Guest room

Craven Hill Gardens,  Apartment:  Bedroom by Eliska Design Associates Ltd.
Eliska Design Associates Ltd.

Craven Hill Gardens, Apartment

Eliska Design Associates Ltd.

Now they’re gone, the house is likely to be a little quiet at times, so why not welcome people into your home more often; if this is something you miss. Possibly the most common transformation of a child's bedroom is not even a transformation, it’s just a spruce up -into a guest room. Style yourself happy and your guests too! 

2. A gym

You may have to invest the time you spent looking after your kids in something else now. One way to combat this would be to install a gym in their old room. From treadmills to benches, the choice is yours -and don’t worry about the cost, as you will not doubt save a little after they've flown the nest (hopefully anyway)! 

3. Arts and crafts room

 Windows & doors  by fotokasten GmbH
fotokasten GmbH

Fotovorhang für Ihren Hobbyraum

fotokasten GmbH

If you like a bit of arts and craft and enjoy taking time to make something creative, you could always think about a room like this. Build up your own hobbies and interest again in the same place as your children did when they were young.

4. Media room

Media and Lighting:  Living room by Inspire Audio Visual
Inspire Audio Visual

Media and Lighting

Inspire Audio Visual

How about a home theatre in the nursery? The possibilities are endless—you can easily keep a cosy bed and a large flat screen TV still, if you want, then just put in some extra seats, or sofa-bed, a screen and a high-tech surround sound system! What you've always dreamed of. 

5. Dressing room

2A Design


2A Design

Fashion-conscious parents can develop freely in the former nursery and finally expand it into a dressing room. With a few wardrobe units, hanging rails, dressers, mirrors and shelves it can become a luxurious place to style your life.  

6. Art studio

Parents with an artistic vein could go for a studio. Find their place for your easels, canvases, paint, brushes and Co. in a spot tuned in to your creative side.

7. Office

Chalcot Crescent:  Study/office by Living in Space
Living in Space

Chalcot Crescent

Living in Space

If you never have enough room for a private office , you could now take the opportunity to create one. A special luxury for all who had to work at the dining table or at a mini desk in the bedroom! Now there can enough space for all documents, invoices, the computer, folders and books!

Looking for more home office ideas? Have a look at our ideabook the home office

8. Games room

Let’s face it, you've always secretly wanted one! A games room to fulfil that lifelong fantasy of a pool table, darts board and arcade machine can finally be realised in epic style!  

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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