7 Dual-Purpose Bedroom Ideas

  • 01 of 07

    Office Space

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    If your job follows you home more often than you’d like, you need a quiet place to work. If you just need a place to set your laptop, a small desk tucked into a corner might be sufficient. If, however, you need to keep files or other career-necessities on hand, you’ll want a more extensive setup. One solution is the mini-office shown here: a set of floating shelves, with the bottom used as a desktop and the uppers used for holding files and supplies. You’ll also need a comfortable chair and a light that easily positions in whatever direction you need.

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  • 02 of 07

    Get Crafty

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    It might be you that loves to craft, or it might be your child, but either way, a dedicated crafting area makes it much easier to keep the mess under control. A small desk or table – you’ll want an adjustable drafting table if you draw or paint – gives you room to create, while a repurposed clothing armoire, like the one shown here, is a perfect supply closet. Use small baskets to hold your various supplies – when craft time is over, simply close the doors to hide the mess.

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  • 03 of 07

    Yoga Room

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    The benefits of yoga are many – it helps relieve stress, improves your flexibility and balance, and strengthens your muscles. You don’t need much in the way of equipment for a yoga practice, but you DO need a good mat in a quiet spot away from household hustle and bustle.  Often, that means a section of your bedroom floor. You’ll need room for your mat and at least a couple feet of clearance on each side. If you want to get a little more elaborate, as in the setup shown here, set a basket in the corner to hold mats and yoga blocks or straps. A tiny table makes the perfect altar or spot to sit any special meditation objects or timers.

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  • 04 of 07

    Get Fit

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    There’s no need to pay for gym membership when you can get fit just as easily at home. It’s great to have a dedicated exercise room, but not everyone has that much extra space in their home. Even a corner of the bedroom is sufficient for a workout area, however. A folding treadmill is one option – set it up at the foot of your bed for use, and then store it against the wall. Other ways to squeeze cardio into a limited space are aerobic workout tapes viewed on a wall-mounted television, a jump rope (make sure you have enough clearance for a full swing of the rope) or a mini-trampoline jogger. Use resistance bands, an exercise ball (as shown here) and dumbbells for your strength training, and you have a complete exercise routine that doesn’t require much space.

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  • 05 of 07

    Reading Nook

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    Ah, the joys of a good book and a quiet, comfortable spot to enjoy it. Reading nooks are a natural for the bedroom, and require little more than what’s shown here: a super-comfortable upholstered chair -- preferably with an ottoman or reclining option -- a good lamp, a small table to hold a cup of tea and a soft throw blanket to ward off any chill.

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  • 06 of 07

    Sewing Center

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    If you love to sew or quilt, you need a spot for your machine, fabrics, thread and supplies. In a small bedroom, you might have space for little more than a sewing-machine sized table. If you’re lucky enough to have a bit more room, you can squeeze in a longer table, as shown here. Whichever option suits your space, hang a piece of pegboard on the wall over the table and use hooks to hold your scissors and spools. A basket for fabrics and set of floating shelves for other supplies completes your sewing center.

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  • 07 of 07

    Say Ohm

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    A daily meditation practice is one of the best ways to soothe an over-worked mind, but the benefits don’t stop there. Lowered blood pressure, relief from depression and anxiety, improved mental focus and increased creativity are all side effects of a regular meditation routine. You don’t need to spend hours, either – even ten minutes a day will leave you feeling better. While you really don’t HAVE to have any special equipment, many people like to sit on a zafu and zabaton (special meditation cushions used in Zen practice, as shown here), a meditation bench, a padded mat or a comfortable – but not overly padded --  chair. The method is up to you, but your meditation spot needs to be quiet and unbothered, making a corner of the bedroom a perfect refuge. You can take it a little further, if you’d like, with a small cabinet to hold a statue, timer, candle or gong.