Whether you are building a new home or buying one that’s already constructed, you want to live in a home that reflects you and your needs. After all, you (hopefully) spend most of your time in your home, which means you should feel extremely comfortable there. Each room should have a purpose, and depending on the size of your home, some rooms may serve multiple purposes. This is what home builders call the flex room.
As many companies switched to remote work a few years ago, many people in the workforce realized how important their living space was. No longer was their kitchen just a kitchen. It became their breakroom, restaurant, and water cooler conversation center. A simple home office became a home office, gym, and children’s playroom. Homeowners and renters were forced to brainstorm flex room ideas to be professionally and personally productive.
When people think of flex rooms, they often think of storage rooms or utility rooms that serve multiple purposes. In one sense, this is the right interpretation; however, flex rooms can become so much more than storage spaces. To realize the full potential of a flex room, you have to get creative and think of useful flex room ideas.
What is a flex room?
A flex room is a place in your home you can use in a variety of ways. Residents with small homes may feel constrained by the idea of a flex room, as they may not have the space to store several items, and they may need the flex room for storage. However, homeowners and renters with homes of any size can fix up a flex room. In fact, residents in small homes or those building custom homes can benefit from flex rooms the most.
The goal of having a flex room is for it to evolve with the needs of the homeowner. For example, let’s say you have bought your first home. It's a four-bedroom home, but you don't need all four bedrooms. In this case, you might keep two bedrooms as the master and guest room and one as a future baby room. This leaves a room for you to use as you please. This is your home’s flex room.
Initially, you may use this room as a storage space as you settle into the home. Eventually, however, you will likely want this room to further your hobbies or goals. For example, you may find that the room works well as a home gym for you and your family. Or, if you work remotely, this space could be ideal for a home office. If both you and your partner work from home, this room could become a dual office setup.
Modern flex room ideas
Whatever you do with your flex room, make sure it fits your needs and appeals to the times. Determining what to do with a flex room can be intimidating, as the possibilities for the space are endless. However, it’s important to make the most out of your home’s space.
For starters, your flex room can serve as a multipurpose room. Think home office meets guest room meets playroom. As a multipurpose room, you should be able to move furniture around easily so that it can serve your needs throughout the day. Furnish it with a variety of pieces that match your home’s aesthetic so that it matches your décor, no matter the function. For example, if you are using the room as a guest room and playroom, store your children’s toys in coordinated ottomans that seamlessly fit into a guest room.
Next, you can designate your flex room as a second living room. Let’s say one living room is bigger than the other. You can use the larger living room as a space to entertain guests and use the smaller room as a family room where you and your family enjoy game nights, watch TV, and play with the kids. Would you rather have a room reserved for your kids’ playtime versus sleeping? Turn your flex room into a playroom that is separate from your bedroom
The beauty of your home’s flex room is that it can transform into anything you want it to be. To get the most out of your room, it’s important to get creative. For more ideas for the flex room in your home, call Lancia Homes today.