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Ideas for furnishing a small room

This is a home and design question! I just moved into an apartment with a large bedroom and a very small one (6 ft. by 10 ft., approximately). We don't need the second room for any reason and I'm at a bit of a loss as to do what to do with it (besides leave it empty). We don't have any furniture for the room, which has—for context—one window and one small closet—and I don't want to invest a ton of money into it. I'm mostly looking for ideas: office with a desk and bookcase? guest room with futon/daybed?

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

asked 6 months ago
10 answers 291 views
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cv
added 6 months ago

I'd use it as an art studio.

But that's just me...

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drbabs

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added 6 months ago

Sounds like it could be a great walk in closet/dressing room. You could get hanging racks and put your dressers in there. Hang a full length mirror. Your bedroom will feel much more spacious.

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BerryBaby

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added 6 months ago

Make it into a Relaxation Room....big overstuffed bean bag chairs, a few big plants, a place to have total quiet and relax.

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added 6 months ago

Sounds like a typical 1 1/2 BR brownstone apartment to me. We use it as a nursery but originally it was intended to be a 'study'. I'd get a nice reading chair, bookshelves, maybe a small escritoire. A little sanctuary from the bustle of the city.

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QueenSashy

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added 6 months ago

I would use it as a yoga room :) but that's just me. What do you enjoy doing? Read, dance, meditate, feel cozy, have plants? At the end of the day you can always use it as storage -- one can never have enough storage space...

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Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

added 6 months ago

It IS the perfect size for a yoga mat...

Currently, it's the plant room!

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ktr
added 6 months ago

It really depends on your activities and work. Personally, I would use it as an office, sewing room, or work out space.

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ktr
added 6 months ago

If you have company frequently, you could put a futon or pull out couch in the room to be used by guests if they stay overnight.

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cv
added 6 months ago

I think the main takeaway point is here that you have to decide yourself how to use the room based on what works best for your life and activities (which might change over time).

You can make the room into a place for a particular activity/interest of yours. We don't know what your major interests are and even if we did, you'd still be the one to decide if you wanted to dedicate a small room for that.

The other possibility is to use the room for things that you *don't* want in other parts of your life, like moving a piece of exercise equipment out of your bedroom and into the second mini-bedroom, or segregating the place for better work-life balance.

Personally, I'd love to have a spare room to put my art stuff in, but also to house my home computer and get that thing out of my living room. Again, these are interests specific to me, you might be very happy to have your computer in your living room or bedroom.

Anyhow, good luck.

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Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

added 6 months ago

Thank you!!