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10 Alternative ways to use your spare bedroom

Got a spare room that is currently underused or is perhaps being used as a store cupboard? Decluttering and moving items into a storage unit can open up a range of potential uses for this space, some may even earn you some extra cash. Below are some ideas for alternative uses for your spare room, and many of them have been successfully carried out by our very own customers here at Storage World.

Make the room available to rent out

There are a number of options available to you here depending on where you live, what amenities are close by and of course, whether you are willing to share your home. You could rent the room out on a short-term basis as a holiday let if it is near a desirable destination that people often choose to go on ‘staycations’ to.

Advertising your room for rent on Airbnb can provide you with some extra cash and it also gives you the flexibility to choose as and when you are willing to rent the room out. If you have planned for family to stay during a particular time, then you can simply choose not to rent it out for that period. Renting out your spare room can also provide you with a great opportunity to meet new and interesting people from all over the world. 

Another option is to help you make use of your spare room as well as generate some extra pocket money would be to rent itto a university student or boarder if your house is close to a university or school. Again this can produce a good source of income and also provide you with times when the room is not occupied during holidays.

Create a dedicated hobby space

Another alternative way to use your spare room by moving the items into a storage unit is to create a dedicated space to practice a current or new hobby. Below are just some ideas for how you can get creative, get active or chill out in your newfound space. 

Art Studio

Get creative by turning your spare room into your very own art studio. This will encourage you to spend more time doing what you love as it will mean you don’t have to unpack all of your equipment every time you want to use it, instead you can leave it spread out in its own designated area ready for you to come back to whenever you desire.


A spare room can be the perfect space for you to turn into a library, complete with a dedicated reading nook. You can fill it with bookcases and comfy furnishings and then read away for hours in peace. You may even choose to start your own book club, which is a great way to meet and socialise with likeminded people. Reading is a great way to step away from the blue light of screens which is healthy for the mind, so turning your room into a space to do so can have many benefits.


Wanting to become healthier and get in better shape? A home gym could be just what you need. Going to the gym takes time and effort to travel there, but by removing this barrier you can make it easier to train. By installing a few pieces of equipment and having a nice inviting space to work out, you can exercise all year-round, whenever suits your schedule. Try fitting some mirrors to one wall, so you can make the room feel bigger and check your posture and form whilst working out.

Music room

This could be for either playing a musical instrument or just sitting back and listening to your favourite tracks. If you plan on playing loud music and have neighbours close by, it could be worth soundproofing the room to reduce the  likelihood of noise complaints.

Relaxation room 

If you like to unwind with yoga or meditation then rolling out a yoga mat, putting some plants and candles in the room and adding some soft furnishings can provide the perfect environment for this. Fill with your favourites scents using essential oils or a diffuser and use this space as your very own yoga and relaxation retreat. 

Cinema or gaming room 

Why not fit the room out with a widescreen TV or projector, surround sound, comfy seating and create the perfect home-cinema or games room. You can then host your own movie nights with friends, or relax on your own.


If you are a parent or grandparent and spend half of your life cleaning toys up from around the house, you could create a playroom to try and contain the toys and mess to one room. You can simply shut the door on it without having to clean up when visitors come to your house but also ensure the child in your care has the freedom and space to play, learn and develop.

Create a home-office or study space

Other alternative uses include transforming the space into a home office or business space, which is particularly useful if you work remotely from time to time. This could provide the perfect space for you to carry out some freelance writing or even extra tuition classes to further your personal development. Your spare room could provide you with the perfect space to run a home business of almost any kind, so if you’re a budding entrepreneur, you can finally realise your dreams and get to work.

If you work from home a lot, or run your own solo business, then having a designated office space means you can work with minimum distractions and then close the door and properly switch off once you have finished the day’s work. Your home should remain just that, your home, so the transition from office to leisure time is crucial. 

Considering moving the items stored in your spare room to a self-storage unit? Storage World provides round-the-clock access to your storage unit, 7-days a week, in order to give you the freedom to access your storage unit on a frequent basis. 

This means that anything you have in your spare room that you may need access to regularly, or from time to time, can be quickly and easily accessed in your storage unit. If you are looking to start a new hobby, then a storage unit can also be the perfect place to store items like sports equipment or camping gear without cluttering up your home.

At Storage World, we can provide you with a free no obligation quote and you can then start to plan how to transform your spare room into the space you desire, providing new opportunity and the satisfaction that your spare room is being better utilised. Start by contacting one of our friendly storage experts at your nearest Storage World location today. 


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