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7 Smart Ways to Use a Bonus Room

Wednesday, December 26, 2018   /   by Anne Rose

7 Smart Ways to Use a Bonus Room

Call it what you want: bonus room, FROG (Finished Room Over Garage), extra room, or den.

Savvy home buyers don't let this room become the space where unused furniture goes to die and boxed holiday decor languishes. 

A bonus room that is finished, livable space is usually included in the square footage of your home. This means that the cost per square foot of this space is equal to that of your living room and master suite. A bonus room is space that is too valuable not to have a purpose that adds fits your lifestyle and adds quality to your daily enjoyment of your home.

Smart Ways to Use a Bonus Room

1. Additional Bedroom

If it has a closet, a bonus room or FROG instantly turns a three-bedroom house into a four-bedroom house. Include homes with bonus rooms in your house search and your options increase exponentially. Because a bonus room is often set away from the other bedrooms, it can be the perfect space for a teenager. If the bonus room is easily accessible from the master bedroom, it can be a quiet nursery + delightful playroom.

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FROG at 3731 Sunny Meadow, Summerwoods | staged as family/guest room

2. Convertible Family Room

Purchase comfortable furniture for lounging with the family, focusing on a sectional sofa that converts into a queen or king size bed. Make sure that the room is arranged for television watching; mounting your tv on the wall is a good use of space. Add storage for board games. Accessorize with plenty of decorative pillows and cozy throws. Many sectionals have storage space under the cushions; keep the sheets, blankets, coverlet, and pillows for your guest bed handy to quickly turn the family space into a nicely coordinated room for overnight visitors. A thick "eggshell" mattress topper makes a sofa bed more comfortable.

3. Home Office

Anyone who works at home will attest to the necessity of a dedicated space to do business. Because a FROG, especially, is usually removed from the rest of the home's living space, it makes a great room to create work-only environment. Invest in a good size desk, add a table for spreading out or meeting, and have the router for your internet service located here to ensure that your strongest signal is available for work. A door that closes is a plus.


4. Craft or Hobby Room

A room that is set up exclusively for creative pursuits is every crafter's or hobbyist's dream. A bonus room that is designated and outfitted for your hobby or craft has the ideal feature of being removed from the rest of the home: you won't need to stop and clean up in the middle of big project, just turn off the lights and close the door. Selecting the best flooring for a craft room is important. If you paint, for example, carpet may not be the best option. For a musician, the soundproofing added by plush carpet is important. Explore storage options for your specific craft, and add built-ins that customize the bonus space. Flat drawers are perfect for scrapbooking and paper crafts. A long surface for cutting fabrics is handy for sewers. Bins, spools, hooks, and adjustable shelving make organization simple. Extra outlets make it easy to plug in handheld tools.

5. Homeschool Classroom

Parents who homeschool appreciate a dedicated classroom. This space is intended for teaching and learning, and should be appointed for a variety of educational experiences. Desks and kid-sized tables are important, as is computer and a/v equipment, book shelves, and comfy spaces for quiet reading and studying. Add a white board, chalk board and large monitor for connecting to online learning sites. Don't forget a workspace for teacher, and extra chairs for visiting students.

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6. Home Gym

With an attached full bath, a bonus room makes the perfect home gym. When you add in convenience and ability to customize your equipment to your own workout, the dollar amount that you "pay" for your home gym will be much more attractive than a fancy gym membership. Set your equipment up for the circuit training that matches your workout, positioning a treadmill or stationery bicycle to take advantage of views or wall-mounted television. Add motivational posters and a great sound system to blast your workout mix, and your home gym will be an energizing retreat.

7. Man Cave

A FROG is the perfect space for a legendary man cave. Whether a pool table, theater seating for game day, super size television, or a wet bar, are on the list of must-haves, planning his man cave priorities from the outset will help you design this as a comfortable and good-looking addition to your home. A mini fridge and built-in cupboards to store snacks and glassware add to useability. Divide the space into lounging and game-playing sections so that the poker game doesn't block the view of the television from the reclining chairs.

Note: Beautiful home office in the photo at the top is in the property at 1424 Bexley Drive, Wilmington, NC.

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