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6 Rooms Used in Unexpected Ways

Sarah C
Written by Sarah C

When drafting your home’s floor plan, it is common to give those neat little boxes names like living room, bedroom, bathroom, etc. But what’s in a name, anyway? The idea that you have to specify the rooms in your house feels a little archaic, especially with how quickly modern living continues to evolve. So who says you have to use these rooms according to someone else’s standards? Take a look at these creative uses of space that don’t feel the need to put a label on their designated function, and start rethinking how you can live in your home.

Read ‘em and Eat

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Some people say that it is rude to read at the dinner table; some decide to embrace it. If you are at a loss for how to decorate the blank walls of the dining room, an easy solution is to transform the space into a full-fledged library. And depending on the variety of books in your library, the walls can be constantly restyled according to color, size or title, creating an ever-changing wall-scape for your nightly meals.

Mudroom Meets Laundry Room

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Now you can get all of your washing up done in one room with this clever combination of a pet cleaning station and laundry room. Chances are your towels and clothes will be dirtier once your dog comes in from the muddy outdoors, so having the washer and dryer in close proximity becomes a rather convenient solution.

Ultimate Workshop

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With such a light color scheme and handy organization, this is hardly a run-of-the-mill garage. The garage is often a place for junk to accumulate, but this space has a look and feel of a newly renovated kitchen. With homey details like the barstools, small area rug and pendant lighting, the garage becomes an appealing room to spend time in for everyone.

Closet in the Foyer

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Even if you limit the foyer with a single coat rack, most of us end up leaving our entire wardrobe (shoes included) by the front door. To avoid the clutter, embrace a full closet setup for an interesting way to greet visitors at the door. It will feel more homey and relieve space in your bedroom’s closet, too.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

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This home takes advantage of an extra storage closet in a big way by incorporating a private bar—complete with a wine cooler and fun barstools. In smaller homes, it is common to find a small bar cart with various wines, liqueurs and decanters. But by taking advantage of this space, they can graduate to a full service bar without ever needing to leave the house.

Movie Night

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Instead of letting the attic become a dusty place for storage, this home found the value of the pitched roof and rectangular length of their attic and transformed it into a home entertainment center. With such a compact space and interesting angles, I imagine the acoustics in there must be great for fully immersing yourself in the movie experience.

Regardless of rooms’ name or intended purpose, when it comes to your home, there are no rules for how it should function for your own personal needs. Leave us a comment, and tell us some creative ways you have transformed unused or traditional spaces in your home.

About the author

Sarah C

Sarah C

Ever since receiving her first home décor magazine at a young age, Sarah has been drawn to the design world, leading her to work creatively as the Marketing Production Coordinator at YDesign Group. When she is not gushing over interior design on the interwebs, she is usually writing about it. In her off time you can find her hiking, enjoying a nice long brunch, and exploring the awesomeness of Northern California. IG: @sarahwinningham

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