Do you have a free room because someone you were living with or a son/daughter has moved out? Do you have a lot of space, meaning you could create an additional room with a partition or a wall? Do you want to convert your attic, your cellar or your garage into a hobby room? Depending on what sort of room you want, you may be able to get what you want done quickly – or it may require some basic planning.
How an unused room can be turned into a hobby room
Gaming, letting your creativity run wild, watching films in Dolby Surround or exercising at home: if you follow just a few tips and tricks, you can turn an unused room into your own personal hobby room.
Hobby rooms for quieter pursuits: simply set up and get started
A hobby room for sewing, handicrafts, painting, photography, reading, gaming or meditation can be set up quickly. Perhaps you would prefer a dressing room, a home office space or a place to relax. All you need is a lick of paint on the walls, some attractive flooring, optimum lighting and the right sort of furniture, e.g. desk, chair, shelf. Then there are decorations like pictures and indoor plants to consider, storage space and places to put things such as boxes, crates and tins/cans, and of course other bits and pieces like fabrics, paints, paper, books and candles – and with that, you can give your passion free rein.
Hobby rooms for musicians and party animals: make sure the room has good sound insulation.
If you would sooner convert your unused room into a home cinema, a music room, a sound studio, a games room/playroom or a party room, remember to take soundproofing into consideration. There are many ways to prevent sound from escaping a room. You could, for instance, put soundproof plasterboard on the ceiling, or have an acoustic ceiling. For walls, things like wall panels and sound-absorbing pictures are very suitable. If you want a playroom or a dance floor, you should ideally also insulate the floor – especially if you have laminate or parquet flooring. The biggest challenges are doors and windows: select sound-insulating windows and doors and make sure these are well soundproofed. Soundproof curtains are also recommended if you have large windows.
Tip: go with a “room-in-a-room” design
Whether you want loudspeakers, a soundbar or a Dolby Surround Sound. Whether you want musical equipment, a microphone or instruments: an alternative for people who want to be able to make as much sound as they want is to build a small, soundproof room inside an existing room. If sound levels are moderate, a large cupboard or bookshelf on the wall can be a help. As a general rule, sound bounces off large windows, flat surfaces and furniture. Sofas, carpets and plants, on the other hand, absorb sound waves. So, in addition to the room’s structure, think about the best way to furnish the room as well.
Hobby rooms for people into fitness and handicrafts: build a sturdy floor.
Is it a dream of yours to have your own workshop? If so, then in addition to soundproofing, your room will also need a sturdy floor. This is the only way to ensure a workbench with, say, a bench saw is kept steady. Also make sure the room has a good supply of fresh air coming in, a water supply, enough plug sockets and a high voltage connection. If it’s fitness you’re into, a sturdy floor is a must for heavy equipment such as a weightlifting bench or a treadmill.
This way, your hobby room will be more than just a dream
You already know what you want to turn your unused room into, but don’t have the money at the moment to pull of your little (or major) project? Whether it’s conversion work or furnishings you want to put money towards, a PostFinance personal loan offers fair conditions that can help turn your dream into a reality.
Looking for inspiration?
Looking for ideas of what to do with your unused room? The SRF show “Schweizers Heimwerker:innen” is a good source of inspiration Interior designer Andrin Schweizer follows the progress of private projects pursued by do-it-yourself enthusiasts and chooses his favourite as the winning project at the end of each episode.