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 middle aged woman lays down fabric in craft room

Maybe your tax refund is burning a hole in your pocket. Or maybe your son or daughter finally fled the nest and the empty room is driving you crazy.

Whatever your motivation, there are lots of reasons to personalize some extra space in your home. Even better? Consumer Reports estimates that adding a flex or double-duty room can potentially boost your home’s value by 4 to 6 percent.

Whether it’s a spare bedroom, the basement or extra space above the garage, you’ve got options. Looking for ideas? Check out this list.


  • Workout space: Make a home gym with rubber flooring, fitness equipment and free weights. Or, mellow out when you design your own yoga sanctuary. Either way, mirrors can help you check your form and make a smaller space appear larger.

  • Kids’ playroom: Whether it’s for your own kids, grandkids or a home babysitting setup, the little ones will love having their own space – and you’ll love being able to shut the door to hide the mess! Houzz has this list of ideas for designing a playroom.

  • Arts and crafts room: Here’s your excuse to splurge on swoon-worthy home organization! Creative hobbies like sewing, painting, knitting or quilting require lots of supplies. A designated space can help keep your creative focus… and keep all your bits and bobs in the right place. Get  more hobby room inspiration in this list from HGTV.

  • Movie theater: With a home theater, the whole family can enjoy the big-screen experience without the overpriced popcorn. The must-haves? A projector, comfy seating, dimmable lighting and a solid sound system. Amp up your next showing with this list of creative family movie night ideas.

  • Music room: Pro tip: Soundproofing makes at-home recordings sound cleaner… and keeps the neighbors happy, too. Whether you want a home recording studio or just a space to jam with friends, opt for bold, inspirational colors, mood lighting and lots of storage space. See more music room design inspiration from The Home Edit.

 This article was brought to you by our friends at Erie Insurance. Miller's would like to extend its gratitude to Erie Insurance for both being a wonderful business ally and for letting us use the articles found on their blog, Eriesense.




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