Room of the Day: Repurposed Dining Room Becomes Cozy Library & Guest Quarters

Design Inspiration Repurpose / Refurbish

Dining room turned library guest roomFormal dining rooms…who needs ’em, really? Especially, those of us with limited square footage and the fact that we really want our homes to accommodate our lifestyle (not the other way around, sheesh!). With a little creative thinking, this typically “use-twice-a-year” space could be transformed into a fabulous library, guest quarters, play or craft room, or, a combination thereof. Installing bookcases like the ones above from IKEA (Billy), refurbished desks or dressers, or repurposed entertainment centers, is all you need to reinvent this area of your home. The key? Think multifunctional and moveable when it come to placing furniture like a flex sofa bed, coffee or side tables on casters, plenty of storage, and simple accessories and lighting. Now that’s a way to use up space…no black ties required.

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly,'s key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).