Multipurpose Room Ideas

One of the easiest ways to maximize a small space is to make your rooms work smarter. Use these multipurpose room ideas to make the most of your square footage.

  • Guest-Friendly Living Room

    This Urban Oasis living room is perfect for accomodating overnight quests. Vern Yip considers the sleeper sofa a must-have. 'It's so important in New York to have things that actually serve many purposes,' he says.

  • Dining Room to \"Hangout\" Room

    Once a rarely-used formal dining room, this space sees much more action now as an office space for mom and a hangout room for kids. The daybed adds seating and capacity for overnight guests. Photography by Christina Wedge

  • Overview of Multipurpose Room

    1 Room, 4 Functions

    This 120-square-foot multipurpose great room functions as a family room, lounge, dining room and office. (That's the power of good design!) Two pairs of bookshelves placed back-to-back divide the space neatly but don't disrupt the room's flow. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

  • Multipurpose With a Murphy

    It's a home office, it's a guest room — it's both! This desk unit by designer John Gidding has plenty of storage shelves, plus a hidden Murphy bed that pulls out for company.

  • Green Home 2011 Do Room Wide Shot into Dining Room

    Sleek Cabinets

    The multipurpose home office/crafts studio/laundry room in this Green Home hides its many uses inside its wall-to-wall cabinetry. (The laundry basket makes more sense when you know that there's a stacked, front-loading washer and dryer inside one of the panels.)

  •  HGTV Green Home 2011 Do Room Furnishings

    Craft Cubicle

    Green Home designer Linda Woodrum packed as much versatility into this room as possible. While the washer and dryer are concealed by cabinets, the craft cubicle's retractable desk is on display here.

  • A Tricky Table

    This combination lounge and exercise room by contractor Chip Wade, host of HGTV's Elbow Room, has a secret weapon: a retractable coffee table that disappears into the floor at a touch of the button. That way there's no awkward shuffling of furniture when it's time to work out.

  • Custom Solutions

    Sometimes you have to tailor the small-space solution to the room. Wade also tricked out this multipurpose great room with custom swing-arm desks. Finally — no more using TV trays as makeshift desks!

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    Arty Loft

    Art is a great, subtle way to divvy up a multipurpose room. The grouped antique tools in this industrial loft help set aside the office from the rest of the space.

  • Green Mid-Century Office Chair

    All That and an Office

    This small room manages to function as a dining area, entertainment space AND home office thanks to this closet, which has been upgraded to a mini-workspace.

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