If you are an empty-nester gleefully considering all the possible uses for your son or daughter’s old bedroom, here’s a great one: the walk-in closet of your dreams.
It sounds extravagant, but there are many advantages to this idea.
- It can be done on a small budget.
- There is natural light and ventilation available in a spare bedroom not normally available in a closet.
- With careful planning, the room can still function as a “guest room” for the visiting son or daughter by putting in a day bed that can also double as a lounge for your dressing room.
- It doesn’t have to be permanent, there are many free-standing options which would allow you to turn it back into a bedroom with very little effort.
Your project can be as simple or as elegant as you wish. If you are on a tight budget, you can use free-standing clothing racks on wheels and free-standing wire shelving units. You can put two dressers back-to-back in the center of the room for an inexpensive island. Throw in some colorful bins and baskets, a full length mirror propped against a wall, and you’re done.
Or, you can go a little more high-end. There are free-standing units with elegant finishes that feature shelves and cubbies in addition to hanging space that are designed to look like built-in cabinetry. Some people put in luxurious extras like jewelry racks, valet rods, special lighting and even a space for the coffee maker for that first morning cup of joe.
You might want to check out this article on Houzz.com for more ideas.
As for what to do with the outdated rock star posters and pink ponies still lingering in your kid’s old bedroom, please refer to our earlier post, “Adult Children Who Use Their Parents’ House as a Storage Unit”, then refer your adult children to the nearest Dollar Self Storage!