​You need to get work done, but you don't have a quiet retreat at home in order to meet your deadlines. Family is coming into town, and you need a space where you can host them. Your kids are becoming more creative and need a place other than the walls to draw. How can you solve these problems?

​As the need for extra space in the home grows, so does the flexABILITY of our home floorplans, especially with so many professionals working from home. When you have a multipurpose room dedicated to work, school, fitness, relaxation, or creativity, you will ultimately set yourself up for a more organized household.

​Lifestyle and Wellness blogger Katie Shaffer and her fiancé recently decided to build her first home with M/I Homes in Poplin Grove, and a huge factor in their floorplan decision was whether or not the plan had a flex space.

​As you heard from Katie, it's nice to have office space without giving up an extra bedroom. We are so excited to be building Katie's first home and catering it to her lifestyle. Be sure to check out her Instagram account to follow along with her home building journey!

Make Your Multipurpose Space Work For You With These Flex Room Ideas

​One of the more popular uses for an extra room in a home is the home office. Working from home can sometimes eliminate boundaries that are typically in place, like separating your work and home life. So, instead of working in your personal space, you can save those boundaries by having a room specifically for work.

​When you set aside a space strictly for work, it allows you to be fully isolated from the noise or distractions outside of that space. Some work looks like a desk with a computer, while other work looks like an easel with canvases or a craft explosion.

​Whatever your work looks like, you should choose a space with good lighting to set up your desk or easel and make sure you have all of the equipment you need to get your work done properly. Doing these things will enhance your workflow and keep you organized!

​If you don't work from home, like to stay fit, and are still wondering what to do with an extra room, you can set up a home gym or yoga room.

​Creating a room for working out or practicing yoga is a way to completely integrate the activities into your lifestyle. It will also provide a space where you can relax and forget about any external stress.

​Health and wellness are essential, so setting up a yoga room that will help reduce stress or add balance into your life is necessary, too. If yoga isn't for you, then a room with some organized weights and resistance bands will do the trick.

How Can I Maximize My Home's Flex Space?

​Once you have decided what to do with a flex room, you can explore ways to maximize the space even further with combination spaces. Sure, a home office is nice, but what will you do about an unexpected weekend guest? You work from home but also need a space to practice yoga or meditate. Now what?

Here are 3 multipurpose room ideas:

  • Blend your workspace and guest room. Have your desk and chair share the room with a daybed or a pull-out couch, giving guests a comfy, private place to stay when they visit.
  • Office by day, zen room by night. When you choose a well-lit space for your office, it will let in the warm sunset light later in the day when it's time to unwind. Pair that with a peaceful playlist and a spot for a yoga mat, and you're good to go.
  • Keep your crafts and weights organized. If you have a designated room for you or the kids to craft in, you can use cabinets and shelves to store away materials, leaving open floor space for exercise. You can also create a space to tuck away your weights, bands, and mat when you're not using them.

​It's nice to have your own space for work or for some "me" time, and it's even better when you have places to be able to do both of those things.

​Hopefully, utilizing these ideas will make your space work more efficiently for you, whether for working or for being creative. Your home should reflect you and your lifestyle, and having a flexible room capable of changing with you is significant.

​Show us how you give purpose (or purposes) to your flex space and be sure to tag @mihomes!


Melissa Shubin


As Internet Sales Manager at M/I Homes in Charlotte, Melissa’s role is to assist customers with their new home search by answering questions about a variety of topics. With her multiple years of experience in her role, Melissa knows that when customers are searching for answers online, they appreciate a timely response from a real person that is local to the area. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her Yorkie-Poo, Roxy, hiking new trails, and exploring pet-friendly shops and restaurants in the Charlotte area.