Whether you want to build a man cave or a she shed, carving out your personal space may just be the trick to brighten up seasonal blues. Having a place to call your own to retreat and recharge could bring the relief you need!

Define Your Priorities

Do you need a space to practice your electric guitar with an energy drink? Or do you need a place to silently meditate with tea? Are you going to be playing video games or working in a home office? Define your priorities as to what you want your private space to be. Sketch out a rough idea of what you want it to look like when it’s finished.

Fill It From the Bottom Up

You don’t have to break the bank when building your space. After you clear out all the boxes that were being stored in your old spare room, head down to a local office furniture store to find new and used office furniture to provide the seating, desks, lighting, and accessories you need to fill it up again. Bring your sketch while testing out couches and make sure that you have the measurements of the room, including the distance between windows and doors.

Finishing Touches

Once you have your big pieces in the room, fill the nooks and crannies with the things that make you happy. That may be a poster of your favorite team, a blackout curtain to keep you in the dark or an old record player. Take your time and spend a few days in the room getting a feel for it, but don’t be afraid to rearrange if something doesn’t feel right! This is your room, and you can always change it to suit your changing tastes at any point.

Does everything look good to you now? Close the door and enjoy your space! You’ve earned some well-deserved time to yourself.