Many people find themselves in a situation where they have an extra room in their house and aren’t entirely sure what to do with it. If you’re reading this, I’ll bet you’re going through this right now. It doesn’t matter if you bought a house with one more bedroom than you needed, or if the kids just went away to college, leaving you with an empty room. There are plenty of ways to utilize that extra space and turn it into an area that you’ll enjoy.

Here are 3 things that you can do with that spare room!

1. Turn The Spare Room Into An Office

More and more, people are working remotely and from home. While this is much more convenient for many people, there can be an issue of finding the right space to work from while at home.

However, if you have a spare bedroom or extra room of any kind, it could be turned into a home office with minimal money and effort. A simple desk and chair would be basic necessities for work, but beyond that, the skies the limit.

You can go all out and get a nice desk and chair, paint the room your favorite color, hang pictures and posters, even keep a mini-fridge full of drinks and snacks. Having a dedicated home office that you enjoy spending time in, and can have the privacy that you need to get work done is an amazing way to utilize a spare room in your house.

2. Gym

If you like to live an active lifestyle and eat healthily and exercise, then the choice for your spare room might be pretty obvious. To the health-conscious homeowner, a home gym would be the best way to utilize any extra rooms that you may have. Depending on the size of the room, and your budget, you can put together a wide range of different options for exercising. From yoga to free weights, to bikes and treadmills.

There are tons of different things you can do, and even small touches like having a small refrigerator, prep area, and sink for making and storing post-workout meals would create a more personalized feel.

3. Movie Room/Entertainment Area

Having your own home theater would be a dream come true for any real movie buff. Or for anyone who really enjoys sports and watching the big game on TV. Now, you might think that having your own home theater would be really expensive, but you’d be wrong. While you can certainly pay top dollar for commercial-grade seating, high-quality surround sound audio, high-end lighting, and an incredibly expensive screen, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Actually, you can have a great and comfy area to watch the next game, play video games, stream your favorite series, or watch movies, all without having to spend a ton of money. A simple sectional, modular sectional, or living room set can be a great option for an affordable and comfortable seating option, and a reasonably priced projector can provide great quality video without a massive price tag. You can even have ‘theater quality’ sound in your home theater by utilizing a soundbar. Since these have been around for several years now, the price has dropped, and you can have good quality sound with just one soundbar.

The great thing is that these can be connected via Bluetooth, and can be used for music, as well as movies, tv shows, and video game sessions. These are just some different ideas for what to do with a spare room. There are many other options, and you can get really creative with them. Hopefully, this will help you decide what to do with that spare room!