Top Five Ways to Use a Bonus Room

August 31, 2020

Most spaces within the home already have a designated purpose. The kitchen is where the meals are cooked, the living room is where the family gathers at the end of the day and the bedroom is the nighttime retreat. When left with a bonus room filled with endless possibilities, it may be difficult to figure out exactly what to do with the space. To help provide some inspiration, our team at Harcrest Homes compiled a list of the top five ways our homeowners choose to use their custom-built bonus rooms.

  1. Home Office/Learning Zone

With more families working and schooling remotely, the need for dedicated home offices and learning zones increased dramatically. Luckily, bonus rooms provide the perfect opportunity for these activities. Some built-in bookshelves, a desk and a comfortable chair are all that is needed for homeowners to transform their empty bonus room into a productive home office or study space. Throw in some trendy wall art, a colorful area rug and a few bookshelf decorations and get a stylish area conducive to maximum productivity!

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  1. Kids Room/Media Room

Families with younger kids will instantly understand the importance of having a dedicated playroom space within the home. Not only will this keep the kids’ rooms clean and free of toys, but it will also give them their own space outside their bedrooms. For those with older children, a media room equipped with a television, video games and cozy seating can act as a more mature version of the kid’s room. For even more customization to fit specific needs, think about adding in custom bookshelves or storage to hold art supplies, games and puzzles, books, instruments and whatever else you can think of!

  1. Hobby Room

Do you have a hobby you’ve been mastering for years? Or maybe there is something you’ve always wanted to try but never had the time or space to make it happen? Whether you’re a yoga enthusiast, an avid photographer or a professional crafter, a dedicated hobby room is a perfect addition to any home. Gather all the hobby essentials and create a space that is fit. Not only will a dedicated room provide space for the hobby, but it will also offer additional storage for materials associated with the hobby. This ensures it does not clutter the rest of the home, as well.

  1. Home Gym

Skip the gym membership and get sweat it out at home! With a few weights and some cardio equipment, homeowners can create a gym in their bonus room. Add a few fans to cool the space and put up a couple of large mirrors on the wall to check the workout form. Place rubber mats under weights and cardio equipment to protect the floors and consider adding a small shelf or table for water bottles, cleaning wipes and other gym necessities. Last but not least, don’t forget a Bluetooth speaker for blasting the ultimate workout playlist. What must-have, high-energy songs are on your cardio playlist?

  1. Guest Room

Of course, one of the most popular uses for bonus rooms is to transform it into a luxurious guest room. Even if you don’t entertain often, a guest room is still a useful space to have within the home. A simple day bed makes for a great space-saving sleeping area that doubles as extra seating for overnight guests. Incorporate some comfortable furnishings and lively décor to create a welcoming room guests will love to stay in. Never turn down a welcome friend or family member due to a lack of space again!


At Harcrest Homes, we specialize in creating custom-built homes with rooms designed for our homeowner’s wants and needs. Whether you want built-in shelving for the at-home office, integrated storage for toys in the kid’s room or built-in wall racks for the gym weights, we can help create the home of your dreams. Consider what custom features you want in your bonus room and let us know how we can help!

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