Transforming the Kids’ Room: 10 Brilliant Ideas for Empty Nesters to Rediscover their Space

Breathing New Life into the Empty Nesters’ Sanctuary

Wendy Miller


Photo by Alen Rojnic on Unsplash

The day has come and all your little birdies have flown the nest! After so many years of taking care of the kids and asking them to clean up their stuff because the house felt so crowded and cluttered, you now have so much space. What will you do with it? Many empty nesters leave their kids’ rooms as they are, or as just empty rooms, because they aren’t sure what to do with them. But there is so much you can do with this space beyond leaving it as a time capsule or turning it into a guest room. Here are 10 ideas to transform the kids’ room!

Turn it into a walk-in closet

Tired of trying to cram all your things in the little square your realtor once promoted as a walk-in closet? Now’s your chance to create the walk-in closet you always dreamed of! Transform that old bedroom into a closet/dressing room that makes getting dressed each day feel like a luxury rather than just another part of your routine.

Make it a home gym

Save gas and your annual gym membership fee by creating your own home gym. You may need to take up some carpet, but most bedrooms are an ideal size to add a treadmill, stationary bike, weight set, yoga mat and accessories, and some resistance bands. Attach a small TV to the wall so you can watch the news or your favorite show while you get your sweat on and you’re all set!

Create your own home studio

Before you were caught up in raising kids, working, and all that went with it, did you enjoy some creative work? Maybe you enjoyed painting, sculpting, drawing, or some other form of art? Why not give yourself a space to engage in that creative outlet again? Set up a table and chair, add your favorite art mediums, and enjoy getting back into a hobby you love. The natural light from the windows will make daytime work a dream, and you can set up lighting for nights and rainy days so that no matter the time of day or weather, you can create masterpieces.

Transform it into a home theater