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Small spare room ideas to transform your extra space

Our lives have so many needs, but we only have so many rooms at home to satisfy them. So if you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, give it multiple functions – from home office to relaxation zone. It’s easy with the help of a few simple design tips.

A living area with lounge seating, desk and chair and cabinets.
A living area with lounge seating, desk and chair and cabinets.
A drawing of a room layout.

It’s far too easy for a spare room to quickly become a dumping ground for all of your random possessions. But if you don’t have a need for a full-time home office (or guest room or relaxation zone), the key is to create a space that easily adapts from one function to the next. Our space makes especially good use of its sloped ceiling, but you could apply our tips to a room of any shape.

Hand your extra room over to your visitors when they arrive, and know they’ll have a nice quiet space all their own. Turn the sofa bed into a bed, make it up with bed linens, and move the coffee table into bedside table mode. Make use of a sloped ceiling by hanging a minimalist rod from stylish leather straps to create a place to hang clothes, and add some hooks for extra storage space.

A VALLLENTUNA sofa bed pulled out to be a bed with neutral bedding.
A wooden desk and black study chair.

Though you might not have the need for an entire dedicated home office, you can surely benefit from an area set up to pay bills or do paperwork. Save space by placing a small desk directly behind the sofa, and keep it clutter-free by keeping most of your necessities in a closed cabinet. When the desk isn’t in use and you’d rather be lounging on the sofa, swivel the reading lamp around for some more direct light for reading.

A close up of a cabinet with open door showing office supplies inside.
A close up of a metal tin containing scissors and a feather.
A grey adjustable desk lamp.
A wall with cabinets, a rack hanging clothes and art canvases pegged to a suspended wire.

Having a spot designated for your creative activities has a way of motivating you and making it easier to tap into your passions. For the avid painter, all you need is an easel (that can simply be hung on the wall when it’s not in use), a trolley for supplies, and a place to dry and display your work.

A trolley holding painting supplies next to an artist's easel.
A modular sofa bed with throw and various cushions.

When all you want to do is chill out, head to your quiet space for a bit of privacy. A comfy sofa to stretch out on with a cup of coffee is key, especially when it’s loaded up with lots of pillows and soft throws. A personal library filled with your favourite books can take you worlds away, while some zen-like decorations and soft music can bring you right back to your centre.

Two sets of drawers attached to a wall with decorative accessories on top.
Bookshelves containing various books with home accessories on top.
A close up of a round cushion and rectangular cushion.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

MADE BY
Interior designer: Anna Cardell
Photographer: Andrea Papini
Writer: Vanessa Algotsson

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