Posted by Ben Wills in Home Buying

Ever wonder what you should do with a bonus room? Discover 5 creative ways to transform this space into your own.

There are so many bonus room design ideas that can be an amazing addition to many of our floorplans that adds an individuality to the home. The room starts as a blank canvas, and you are the artist!

Get some unique bonus room ideas to jumpstart your creative journey in your bonus room décor.

1. Home Movie Theater

Stream the latest hits or play an old classic in your own home theater. Kick back the recliner and put on your comfiest pajamas for the coziest at-home movie night!

Great bonus room theater ideas to enhance the space include black-out curtains, cinema seating, a flat screen TV, or projector.

Depending on which floorplan you choose to build, you may even have the option to add a wet bar. This would be the perfect space to put those movie sweets, snacks, and sodas because outside food and drinks are allowed in this theater!

Bonus Room Home Theater

2. Work Zone

Create a space specifically for work and leave the rest of the house designated for relaxation and leisure.

Immediately upon taking that last step up the stairs, you can find yourself submerged in a bonus room home office. By transforming the space into a classroom session for your kids, having the best views while you work from home, or creating a convenient space for both, a bonus room home office is the best way to design the perfect work-life balance.

Bonus Room Home Office

3. Multi-Generational Space

Another unique bonus room idea is to separate the living spaces by making the perfect multi-gen space when adding the bedroom and bathroom option to the bonus room. This will give that extra feeling of seclusion when having a separate section of the home, but it will keep your family a staircase away.

With the added separation, there is a vast number of flex space options to turn that space into your in-laws’ home with décor and provisions all of their own.

Bonus Room In-Law Suite

4. Family Game Room

Ready to take on the competition in the comfort of your bonus room? When turning your space into a game room, you can challenge friends and family to the ultimate game night.

Some great bonus game room ideas are adding gaming goodies from puzzles, board games, and electronics to foosball, pool, or even a shuffleboard table!

Bonus Game Room

5. Tailgate Area

If you’re tired of hearing screaming from your living room or you want to add to the excitement by creating a space to bring the tailgate party, a great upstairs bonus room idea is to make a designated sports center.

This is the perfect space to enjoy team wins in front of your TV. To add to the ambiance, add sports memorabilia, your kids’ trophies, and that much needed wet bar option!

Bonus Room Tailgate Area

From a dreamy home theater to the ultimate game-day space, a bonus room is anything but ordinary.

Find even more inspiration about how to use flex space like a bonus room in your new home!


Ben Wills
Ben Wills


​Ben Wills is the Mortgage Branch Training Officer for M/I Financial, LLC. Ben has been in the mortgage field for over 40 years and has assisted thousands of homeowners in financing new home construction.

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