Off to College: Ideas for the Empty Bedroom Left Behind

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Uses for College Room

You’ve packed everything up and sent your child off to the next chapter in their lives: college. Now you’re left with a near empty bedroom, with only a few random trinkets and pieces of furniture left behind. Letting that useful space sit empty with no purpose seems like a total waste, especially if your child will only be returning for visits on a very infrequent basis. You can definitely leave the room as your child’s bedroom, if you wish. But, there are plenty of other innovative, useful options that you can transform the bedroom into!

1. Guest Bedroom

A spare bedroom is a great, and practical, use for your newfound space. A guest bedroom comes in handy for those spur-of-the-moment visitors. Plus, it will still be a functional bedroom for your child when they come home to visit. Switching the space to a spare bedroom is very simple. Take down any of your child’s remaining mementos and paint the walls a neutral color. Select some new bedding, pick out a lamp and your new spare bedroom is set to go!

2. Office

If you frequently do work or crafts in your home, why not turn the empty space into a workspace for yourself? You’ll love having a dedicated area to complete your work, without continuously cluttering your kitchen table. Pick out a large table or desk to use as your work surface in the new room. Gather together any other related supplies you might need, organize it in your new space and enjoy having a place to call your own!

3. Reading Area

Are you a bookworm who has always wanted a library or designated area for digging into all of your favorite reads? That empty bedroom would make a great space for reading and relaxation! Find a few book shelves that you can stock full with all of your favorite books. Then, haul in an overstuffed, comfortable chair and a reading lamp to create a reading nook that is cozy and welcoming.

4. Large Walk-In Closet

If you’re feeling pressed for closet storage space, you can easily transform the empty bedroom into a huge walk-in closet. You can either drill some clothing racks into the wall, or set up a few free-standing racks to prevent wall damage. Include a shoe rack, a vanity and some accessories storage to create your own personal dressing room.

5. Media Room

Perhaps you’re a movie buff that has always longed for a media room to watch your favorite films. Install a big screen t.v., some cushy chairs and storage for all of your favorite movies, and you’ll easily create an entertainment room that’s set and ready to go for all of your movie nights!

Sending a child off to college is definitely bittersweet. You may want to perfectly preserve your child’s bedroom so it provides a sense of comfort when they return home. But, if you’re aiming to do something new with the space, these ideas are sure to please!

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.
Kat Boogaard
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About Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.