When looking at a home, often the function each room serves seems pretty inflexible. The kitchen is where we cook, eat and gather. The bedroom is where we sleep, relax and dress. New home builders like Southdown Homes are offering home designs at East Village in Downingtown with extra space to be used for one or multiple purposes. You may be wondering what that space should be used for or what it is. Our experts explain!
What is a Flex Room in a House?
Flex rooms are rooms or spaces within a home without a predetermined purpose and unlike a kitchen or a bedroom, these rooms are not paired with a specific function. These popular spots often go by the name “bonus” or “multipurpose” area, depending on what they’re designated to serve. Offices, finished basements, and lofts often offer “flexibility” to be used in a variety of ways. Flex rooms offer more versatility than traditional living areas because they give homeowners many options when deciding how best to utilize their space in their new home.
What Are Some Flex Room Ideas?
Now that you know what a flex room is, it’s time to think about how you can make use of the extra space in your home. A flex room opens the door to unlimited possibilities. Regardless of your style or budget, there is an awe-inspiring idea out there for you.
If you work from home as many do now, or if you just need a space to manage home finances, a flex room can be ideal for office space. It provides the privacy and quiet you need to get your work done without distractions. Having a designated home office means plenty of room for your desk (or even two) plus all of your computer equipment such as laptop, printer, modem and more. Add cabinets and shelving to store ink cartridges, paper, pens, and other office supplies. With so much extra space, you can spread out and stay organized which can make a world of difference in your workday.
Similar to flex rooms, game rooms can vary quite a bit based on your lifestyle and tastes. Depending on their use, they can give you additional opportunities to be surrounded by the people you love. From a quiet place to play board games to a full home theatre/media room, you can turn your flex room into an exciting escape. Have a gamer in the family? A gaming room is an excellent way to get the video games out of the bedroom or family room and have enough space to create the ultimate gaming experience. Whatever you choose, the game room is a place you can spend tons of time in your new home.
Exercise or Yoga Room
Do you have a gym membership that you never use because it’s too inconvenient to leave work or you just can’t find the time? The great thing about the flex room is that it can double as a home gym or yoga studio. Place workout equipment or weights around the space in whatever order suits you most efficiently. Add mirrors along one wall to help you perfect that favorite yoga pose or exercise routine.
Use your flex room as a craft studio by converting it from one large open area to multiple smaller spaces. Pulling out all of your craft materials every time you work on a project can be a major hassle, so having the space to work and store your supplies will be more than useful. You can use room design features like dividers and cubbies for organizing materials, as well as displaying work on easels or bulletin boards in order to create an immersive experience that is both relaxing and enjoyable.
One of the best flex room ideas for parents is to use it as a kid’s playroom. The greatest benefit is that it will keep all of your child’s toys and activities in one place rather than scattered throughout the house. You can decorate the flex room in a way that makes it fun and exciting for your children, like adding brightly colored walls or murals or creating a complete theme based on their favorite superhero or Disney character. This will make it more enjoyable for them and they’ll be more likely to want to stay and play!
Home Bar Room
Consider transitioning your flex room into a lively home bar/entertainment room. With the addition of a simple bar, you’ll have the perfect Friday Happy Hour location for friends and neighbors after a long work week. Stock it with your favorite mixers and spirits along with barware, blender and the necessary bartending gadgets. And, of course, don’t forget the dartboard! Consider a TV and comfortable couch to make a great spot to entertain guests during those big games. Go all out and add a pool table to test your skills with friends and make it the ultimate hang-out.
Countless Ways to Customize
By using one of these ideas as a starting point, you can create the ideal flex room in your new home. So, get creative and have fun with it! With a flexible space in Southdown’s new Downingtown, PA homes at East Village, you can customize the space to suit any purpose. Whether it is an office for work or a playroom for kids, the choice is yours. Contact your Southdown Homes Sales Rep today to learn more and schedule a tour.