Some homes are listed with a “+1” bedroom, for example, 3+1 bedrooms, or 2+1 bedrooms. The +1 is not really a bedroom, it is more of a storeroom or a utility closet space. It could fit a folding mattress but not a full-sized bed.
Most people convert it into the helper’s room, but with a little creativity this space can be used in so many ways.
Nothing is a wasted space, it just takes some thought to create a useful space with plenty of storage too. Here are some amazing designs for inspiration to transform a storeroom into something awesome.
1. Home office space
Many people work from home these days. But there can be many distractions, so maintaining productivity and creativity can be difficult.
Turning a storeroom or utility closet into a home office is a great way to carve out a personal space. It should be well-organised and clutter-free with natural colour palette, such as whites and wood tones, to give the space a brighter feel.
This converted closet has a good amount of storage with a built-in light. And the doors keep things looking tidy, just close them when the space is not in use
An area to change baby during the day, and maybe put him down for an afternoon nap, comes in handy in a larger home.
A storeroom can be converted into a nursery that includes storage space to tuck away all those baby necessities.
Use white to make the room feel larger, and instal low shelves that are within easy reach. If the storeroom is big enough, a small cot can fit in for baby to nap.
3. Guest toilet
Also known as a powder room, a plumber will have to extend the piping to the storeroom if it is to be converted into a guest toilet.
But it’s great when entertaining so guests do not have to go through your bedrooms and when house guests come to stay.
Studies show that growing up with more books around the house makes for smarter adults. Converting a storeroom into a home library provides a place to store all of one’s books.
This closet library has a minimalist, modern design. Ceiling lights can be installed to brighten up the space.
5. Cozy reading corner
There is nothing better than reading a good book in a cosy, quiet corner at home. A reading corner is ideal for some quiet time to relax while listening to music and reading.
This transformed closet looks practical and functional with a seat topped with plenty of pillows. Built-in shelving makes a space to display one’s favourite books.
6. Play space
The children don’t need a big space for fun and games. Add low shelves, books, wall art, stools and drawers to create a play space for the children in the +1. Decorate it with vibrant and fun colours to make the space pop.
7. Child’s bedroom with closet
While the storeroom may not fit a full-sized bed, it can easily be turned into a bedroom for a younger child.
Put the bed on a raised platform with plenty of wardrobe space underneath.
Add some baskets and a shelving unit for toys. Choose a lighter colour palette to make the room bright and airy without feeling too cluttered.
8. Hidden bar
The idea of hiding a bar in a closet is so next level. Build a cabinet and wine rack to make this space fully-functional. Favourite drinks and fancy wine glasses can be displayed for guests, yet they are nicely tucked away in this cool hidden bar.
9. Laundry room
Not every home has enough space for a laundry area, so putting the washing machine in a closet is a great way to maximise space.
Think of it as an all-in-one utility closet, with space for a washer and (optional) dryer, ironing board and washing liquids, cleaning supplies and more.
If there is space to spare, add a shelving unit for storage. Sliding doors keep things looking neat and tidy if they are closed when the laundry room is not in use.
10. Atmosphere-controlled storage
Those who collect wine, art, watches, camera equipment or even comic books know they need to be stored and preserved properly.
In this example, a storeroom has been converted into a wine cellar.
Maximise unused closet space by installing shelves with countertop space to make it functional. Then add a dehumidifier or air conditioning to maintain the temperature and humidity at just the right levels.
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