Many people end up with an extra room in the house. Maybe your children grew up and you now have an overabundance of guest rooms. Maybe you refinished your basement and now have additional space in your home. Maybe you planned the home with an office in mind but don’t actually use the space as you thought. It doesn’t matter why you have an extra room; the fact of the matter is that an unused space can easily be turned into a perfect hobby room that gives you a space for any activity you enjoy.
Hobby rooms can range from work spaces for crafters to darkrooms for photographers to showrooms for model train enthusiasts. You can build a small studio for music production or a home theatre for viewing movies. No matter what your hobby, a spare room in your home can be a perfect place to indulge in your favorite activity.
Creating the perfect hobby room isn’t hard. Like any other room, this room comes down to two characteristics: function and form. “Function” refers to how well the room works for the tasks that you do in it, while “form” refers to the look and feel to the room. Even the most efficient space in the world isn’t the best room possible if you can’t show it to other people because it doesn’t look good, and a pretty room means nothing if you never use it.
Have a large surface area where you can work
Even if your hobby is more based with collecting that a hands-on craft, having a large desk, workbench, or countertop means that you’ll have the space you need to repair items, complete projects, and otherwise participate in your hobby. You can never have too much surface area space.
Use shelves to pick things off of the floor
In small spaces, you’ll need as much storage room as possible. Shelving allows you to maximize the room you do have, since you’re essentially keeping items in the air over your head. This would otherwise be wasted space.
Create the room with the ability to expand your hobby in the future
If you collect dolls and have exactly 100, building room to display exactly 100 will only work for a few weeks or months, unless you intend never to collect any more dolls. You’re always going to acquire new pieces to a collection, and if your hobby is more “doing” than “collecting,” you’re going to get new supplies, equipment, books on the topic, and more over the years. Create the room with more storage and display space then you actually need right now.
Don’t forget seating
In your hobby room, you’ll need a place for you to sit while you enjoy your hobby, but a single desk chair at your worktable or other seat isn’t enough. One of the best parts about any hobby is sharing it with other people. Others in your household may not enjoy your hobby, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t spend time with you while you do it. You may also meet other people in your area who enjoy the same things as you, so if you want to invite Jane over to quilt with you or Bob over to work on models with you, you’ll need a place for them to sit.
With any hobby room, you’ll have to take the windows into consideration. Light can ruin items that you have on display, but at the same time, you’ll want natural lighting if you’re working on projects. The key is to come up with a good window treatment so you can keep the light out unless you need it. Choose heavier curtains or even mini-blinds and make sure that they’re easy to open and close as needed.
As for the décor in the room, think of your hobby as the theme. Want to hang paintings on the walls? Choose pictures that represent your hobby. You can also display items you’ve completed in interesting ways and take pictures if you go to conventions or competitions to put in frames and hang in your hobby room. Avoid your hobby room becoming a catch-all room for pieces of furniture or items that you don’t know where to store. If you have a music room, for example, you can move your piano into it, but don’t put your computer desk in there because you’re not sure where else to put it. If you take the time to create a hobby room, devote the room to that hobby fully and take time from your day to enjoy the space.
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