Seven Ways to Use Flexible Space in Your Home

Seven Ways to Use Flexible Space in Your Home

Your home is your sanctuary. Part of transforming your house into a home is making sure each room fulfills your needs. If you’re wondering what to do with flexible space throughout your home, such as a downstairs den or an upstairs loft, ask yourself what your family could benefit from the most in both the long and short term. It may be a quiet place to work or more space for your children’s toys; whatever it is, prioritizing these desires will help you create a space that you love returning to each day. Discover our list of seven ways to create flex spaces that are as functional as they are aesthetically pleasing.

Family Room

Barcelona Irvine Spectrum

Barcelona Irvine Spectrum

For larger families and families with older children, extra entertainment space may be a major priority. Transforming your flexible room into an additional family room can ensure that each family member has the opportunity to watch their favorite show or movie, or read a book without retreating to their bedroom. Adding to the functionality of the room, you can choose to include a couch or sofa sleeper to host extended family members or friends in the future. 

Playroom

Bluffs in Portola Springs

Bluffs in Portola Springs

Children often seem to accumulate more toys than they can play with. So, what can you do with all of these toys? Organize them into a single playroom. Not only will this help keep the toys contained, it will keep children entertained, build their independence, nurture their creativity and add to their responsibilities. The benefit of open playrooms is that you can keep an ear on the kids from any area of the house while they play.  

Private Office

Como at the Reserve

Como at the Reserve 

One of the best ways to separate home life from work life is by creating a designated workspace. Utilizing your downstairs den, upstairs loft, a spare bedroom or even a sunny corner in your home can allow you to step into the workzone and boost your productivity. Adding artwork, eye-catching storage space and comfortable office furniture can help personalize your office and create a space that makes you feel motivated.

Study Space 

Terra at the Reserve

Terra at the Reserve 

Similar to your home office, a space for children to do their homework or get their study time in can make learning from home fun instead of daunting. One important factor to consider in your search for the perfect study area or corner is natural lighting. The presence of natural light and/or lamps with blue-based daylight bulbs can promote increased alertness and focus. Incorporating motivational quotes and exciting decor can make studying more alluring and fun. 

Multifunctional Guest Bedroom

Ravello at the Reserve

Ravello at the Reserve

Some may be faced with the question of whether to utilize a flex space as a guest room or an at-home workspace. With the right furniture, you can easily accomplish both. Adding in a day bed with decorative throw pillows allows the flexibility to host family and friends overnight, while not taking away from the functionality of your home office space. It can also provide a spot for you to read or take a break throughout the workday.

Hobby Room 

Terra at the Reserve

Terra at the Reserve 

If music, arts and crafts or another hobby is important in your household, incorporating a space to practice may take priority. To start, figure out how much space will be needed for the hobby itself: a wall for the piano or guitars, a crafting table, etc. and then utilize the excess space to design around it. This way you can select furniture that doesn’t overwhelm the room. Remember that organization is key, so furniture that provides multifunctional usage, such as an ottoman, stool or table with storage may come in handy. 

Flex Space 

Hillside in Portola Springs

Hillside in Portola Springs

If you’re having difficulty prioritizing what your flex space may be best utilized as, consider utilizing it as just that: a flex space. Incorporating a larger desk or table, a comfortable chair and plenty of storage space can allow your loft to be an inviting area for all family members to relax. From coloring to enjoying an afternoon snack, this open space can become limitless in functionality and, therefore, central to your household. 


Offering a variety of family home sizes, Irvine Pacific-built homes are thoughtfully designed with you in mind. From spacious upstairs lofts to private downstairs dens, many of our homes throughout Irvine Spectrum, Portola Springs Village and the Reserve in Orchard Hills provide flexible spaces for work, relaxation and entertainment. Discover your dream Irvine Pacific home and let our expert designers at the Irvine Pacific Design Center help you bring your vision to life!