I've been reading some interesting articles about the changing wants of the home-buying public. It seems it's not just baby boomers who are moving into less space, but 20- and 30-somethings are also interested in using more of their space. While this doesn't necessarily mean the end of the McMansion, it just might mean reconfiguring current rooms so they are actually used.
Dining rooms are often at the top of the list. Unless people entertain weekly, this is very often a little used room. They of course can make a great office space - and sometimes without making them less effective than a dining room.Bookshelves can add interest to a dining area. And it may not be necessary to have a separate desk. With the mobility of office equipment, using the dining table as a desk may work just fine, provided there is storage for everything when it's not in use.
And what about guest rooms? Like dining rooms, they are often used sporadically. Of course they can make good offices as well, but what about other creative uses for a little-used space? They can make good dens, television rooms, or playrooms. To keep them functional as a guest room, use a sofa sleeper for sitting. Have furniture that easily moves (like this coffee table on wheels) and have a piece that has a duel purpose as a table and dresser.A mirror may also be a good idea.
The bottom line.......creative use of space is here to stay.And I for one I'm delighted! What creative ways to you have for your little-used rooms?