7 Ideas for Transforming Your Empty Nest

August 8, 2018


Do you have an empty nest? If your kids are off at college or have moved out of the house, your nest is officially empty. That transition time can difficult. But instead of focusing on the stress or anxiety of your kids leaving home, put your energy toward a project: taking back that extra bedroom! You’ve got extra square footage to work with, and we’re here to inspire you.

1. Get to work

Nowadays, working from home is a normal occurrence, so a dedicated home office makes it easier than ever. Forget holing up in your bedroom to take a conference call or working at the kitchen table. Turn your extra room into a quiet, organized office space instead. An office also keeps your work out of the rest of the house, reducing clutter. Without the distractions, you’ll get more work done than ever.

2. Pursue your passions

If you’ve always been interested in music, photography, or painting, now’s your time to pursue those passions. With the kids out of the house, you’ll have more time on your hands. It’s the perfect opportunity to create the art studio of your dreams! Start an Etsy store to sell your creations or craft one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends.

3. Build a book lover’s paradise

What’s better than snuggling up in a cozy chair with a great book? No seriously, we can’t think of anything better. If you love reading, turn your empty space into a home library, complete with your favorite tomes and a comfy reading nook. While e-readers can hold hundreds of books, nothing can really measure up to a space packed with books from wall to wall. Gather your favorites, and start building your book haven.

4. Pump some iron

If you’re feeling a little lazy or thick around the middle, consider turning that empty room into a home gym. When your workout space is at home, it’s harder to come up with an excuse not to hit the gym. With the kids out of the house, it’s definitely time to give yourself some TLC, and starting the day with a quick workout is one of the best forms of self-care we can think of.

5. Take a break

Another great way to give yourself some TLC is through relaxation. Create a meditation room, and start spending a few minutes a day simply relaxing. Meditating can be easy. You just need to make time for it, and having a dedicated space will encourage you even more. Start by designing a calming room full of soothing colors and comfy blankets and pillows. Even if it turns into a nap room, that’s some space well spent.

6. Level up gaming

Ready to liven things up? If you’re ready to entertain more, a game room is the right option for you. Get the pool table or big screen of your dreams, pack a closet with board games, and invite your friends over any time! Add a comfy sofa and small area to serve as a bar, and you’ve got the perfect party room. With space like that, entertaining is easy.

7. Make room for guests

A comfortable guest room is a practical addition to any home. This is your chance to remodel, so try a new aesthetic and add value to your home. A great guest room is calming, private, and tidy. Now everyone will want to visit, including your grown-up kids!


Whether you decide to create a guest room or home gym, now’s your opportunity to take back that empty bedroom and make the most of the space. If you need some room to store your stuff while remodeling, check out our storage unit size guide and rent the perfect unit for your needs. Ready to get started?

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