What is a Flex Room? How to Maximize Your Space

Whenever a client is still in the design phase of planning their home and comes to us for suggestions, there’s one thing we never fail to recommend — a flex room.

What is a flex room? You may have heard it called a multipurpose room or a den by some. Others call it their spare room. But essentially, a flex room is a room that functions as, well … whatever you want it to be! And you’d be amazed at how many uses you can come up with.

Examples of Flex Rooms

Flex rooms can be large or small, upstairs or downstairs, attached to your home or separated.

There are also “flex spaces,” which function in much the same way as flex rooms but are bigger and include multiple rooms. For example, you might designate an entire wing of your house as flex space. You could also have a flex shed, a flex condo, or a flex add-on apartment.

Here are some ways to consider utilizing your flex room or space:

A small home office with a surfing board in the corner next to a desk on wheels.

As an Office

If we’ve learned anything from the past two years, it’s that having a functional and comfortable workspace at home is critical. Create a setup that’s fit for a CEO with an expansive desk, comfortable swivel chair, bookshelves, and filing cabinets for storage. Or, consider a standing or walking desk to get some steps and activity in while you work.

woman practicing yoga in a home exercise room

As a Workout Space

Forget going to the gym or huffing and puffing outside where the weather is unpredictable. Create your own home workout space by incorporating comfortable rubber flooring, mirrors, weight machines, and a treadmill or elliptical.

spools of thread and sewing machines in a home craft room

As a Craft Room

Love to sew, work with wood, or use your Cricut machine? Set up spacious tables, comfortable work chairs, and lots of storage in your very own arts and crafts room. If you have kids, this is the perfect place for them to get messy with paints and other crafts as well.

guest bedroom

As a Sometimes Bedroom

Having the option of converting your flex space into a guest room when visitors are in town is extra useful. Make the flex bedroom transformation quick and easy by utilizing convertible furniture (a couch or chair that turns into a bed) or a Murphy bed. When not in use, a Murphy bed can usually be used as shelving or even a desk.

Other Uses

Here are some other flex room ideas:

• Library

• Homeschool room

• Mudroom

• Game room

• Entertainment room

• Sleepover room

Tips for Designing Your Flex Room Just the Way You Like It

No matter what you use it for, certain design features are a must for your flex floor plan:

• Ambient lighting

• A neutral a color scheme

• Appropriate flooring

• Plenty of storage space

• Comfortable seating

• Desk or counter space

Let Us Custom Design Your Flex Room to Meet Your Unique Needs

Whether you just need a place to store things or you’re looking for a sometimes-workout space/sometimes-guest room, a flex room is the perfect answer. It’s the ideal way to create versatile, always-practical space in your home without pinning down a specific use.

If you’re ready to start planning your flex room, give us a call! Our designers and builders are here to meet your needs and turn your dream home into a reality. We look forward to working with you!

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