Renovation inspiration for empty nesters

Written by in Renovating on September 22, 2016

Renovation inspiration for empty nesters

We see our children go through many milestones; first teeth, riding bikes, first day of school and more. Perhaps one of the biggest major milestones, however, is when they finally leave the nest. It’s an exciting and nerve-wracking time both for kids and parents, but it is also a time of opportunity. You can finally get your hands on that extra bedroom!

Many parents prefer to keep their kids’ vacant bedrooms just that – vacant. But this can also be your chance to transform the unused space into something that you can use now and in the future.

So what can you transform your newly vacant room into? Here’s some ideas to get you started.

Low budget

You want to make the most of the extra space, but don’t have a lot of money stashed away to spend on it. There’s plenty you can do with simple redecorating and careful planning.

Home office

Do you work from home? Create a dedicated working zone by transforming the bedroom into a home office. Install a desk in place of the bed, and make use of existing shelving to store files and folders. Get a new lease on organisation and increase your productivity.


Gone are the days when your exercise equipment is banished to the garage! Bring it into the home and give your car back its undercover carpark. Add to your equipment and build up a circuit routine to find new workout motivation.

Guest bedroom

Your house might start to feel lonely with the kids away – or you may revel in the peace and quiet! A great benefit of vacant bedrooms is the ability to host guests. Give your child’s bedroom a facelift and create a mature, sophisticated space that you’re proud to invite your guests to stay in. This is your chance to take down those rock posters you hated, and re-paint the walls. Realise the room’s full potential and make your kids wish they’d never left!

Big budget

You’ve been counting down the minutes waiting for this day, and saving your extra cash for this very moment. So go wild!


This is the perfect solution for a kids bedroom that adjoins the master. Now is the time to steal that space and build the ensuite you always dreamed of! Depending on the size of your vacant bedroom, there might even be capacity to build a walk in robe too. Luxuries you never thought possible. You’ll be thanking your kids for leaving.

Extended living room

If the newly vacant bedroom is connected to an existing living area, knock some walls out and extend. Make it open plan and spacious, room to spread out. Wouldn’t it be nice to add a reading nook or chaise lounge to your living area?

You could always keep the vacant room as an untouched shrine to your children for when they come back to stay. Or you could use it as an opportunity to be a little selfish and treat yourself to something you’ll love. We know which way we’d swing.