Unless you entertain often, it’s likely you rarely use your formal dining room outside the occasional family or holiday gathering. If the formal dining room in your Carillon home is sitting vacant, gathering dust and cobwebs, here are five ideas to transform this wasted space into something useful.
One of the easiest and most practical options is to convert your dining room into a home office. Reenergize the room by painting the walls a new color and adding a large accent rug, a stylish floor lamp, a few plants and some visually stimulating artwork. If you would still like the room to occasionally be used for its original function, employ an open-style desk that can easily convert to a dinner or banquet table.
If you have little ones who need a room to call their own, consider transforming your formal dining room into a playtime central. Paint the walls with a fun but washable color that will hold up to doodles and spills. You might even considering covering one wall with chalkboard paint to encourage the kids to indulge in their creative talents. Add a comfy rug, a craft table, bookshelves and a storage bin area for toys.
For the man who needs his space, a little-used dining room can make a great man cave. Add a stocked bar with stools, install a large flat-screen TV and bring in a pool table and a few leather armchairs to transform the dining room into a manly sanctuary.
A house with a teenage resident often becomes a house full of teenagers when friends drop by to hang out. To keep them entertained and out of trouble, turn that unused dining room into a media room. Cover the windows with heavy drapes, add a comfy sofa or theater-style seats, install a large flat-screen TV, hook up the video game console and plug in a mini-fridge, and you’ll have a room teens will hate to leave.
If your family is about to get a little larger and your home is one bedroom short, then convert that unused dining room into a nursery or additional bedroom. If the dining room has two entrances, close off one and added a door to the other for privacy. For closet space, add a wardrobe or armoire.
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