In the days of penny pinching and long days of work, we don’t always have the inclination to get dressed up and head out to be social. Instead, why don’t we get dressed up and...stay right at home! With just a few tweaks, you can turn one of your extra rooms into a social hangout spot for your friends and family. Send out the invitations and have them round for an evening of conversation, games and snacks - all in the comfort of your own home. By the way: you can’t charge a penny for your hospitality. This is all about opening up your room to a select few family members and friends and showing them a good time!
You no longer have a spare room: you have the social room. That means it can’t double up as an office or bedroom. If you’re going to do this, do it properly. That means putting in the right kind of lighting that you’d find in a social setting out and about town. You can add a few items to the wall and install anything that you think will make the room more inviting, such as some sort of heater. It is up to you, but you might want to think about removing any personal items, such as photographs, from the room. Try to make it as neutral as possible while still retaining the homey comfort.
It goes without saying that the entertainment and snacks are a most important aspect of your new cool social setup. OK, that might be an exaggeration. The food isn’t everything, but...it might be good if you are properly stocked and good to go. You can install a table or breakfast bar type setup in your room relatively easily. A few thoughtful additional features, such as coasters, unique bar stools and tables, bottle openers attached to the wall, and a fridge full of pop or iced tea will take it to the next level.
Some people like the simplicity of jazz music and a few candles, while others like the atmosphere of sports on television. Whatever you choose, you’ll need to have an entertainment system arranged in your new space. Sound systems are relatively inexpensive and easy to set up, while a television can be easily hung on the wall for those must see sporting events. You can also add a shelf with a few books on the wall, and it’s always nice to have the option of a game of chess, board games, or cards for people to play.
The Spare Room
Ah, yes - the spare room, the one upstairs that has the pull out sofa in? Yeah, you might want to give that a tidy up and make it available for your guests from out of town.