Best use of another room?Ok guys, help me out on this. Right now my ds who is 18 and dn who is 18 each have their own bedroom, and our three LO's share one room, dd age 6, ds age 5 and ds about to be 3. In May ds and dn graduate high school and my sil is finally getting back on her feet after her divorce about three years ago. (currently she and her two youngest live in a tiny two bedroom that belongs to her disabled aunt, so sil sleeps with the aunt, the boys have the other bedroom thats the size of a walk in closet and the aunt has a brother sleeping on the couch, plus dn needed to stay in THIS highschool for a lot of reasons.) Anyway, sil is suppose to be getting her own place by then and dn is moving back in with her (we've had him three years now). So, we are going to have another bedroom, yea!
My first thought was give dd her own room and give the boys a room. Logical, normal, what most people would do right? However, dh and I were talking today and had another thought. Using one room as a bedroom/dressing room, putting all three dressers, the bed etc in there and making the other room into a playroom, just all the toys. There would be SO much more floor space without the bed and dressers in there. No furniture at all, just toys. All three LO's sleep in our room with us anyway, that big queen size bed in there is a big waste of space. Besides, I envision that when they transfer out of our bed, it will likely be all together or at least the two bigger kids together. So we don't need a bed in each room.
Having a toy room would let us get our dining room back, maybe convert it into some home office space or a library like I've been wanting!! Right now, the dinning room is the toy room! Our house has two living areas and the kitchen actuals opens fully to the one in the back (no wall at all) and so though it wasn't meant for it, I put the kitchen table back there, sorta making it half living area/half dining area and I LIKE it that way. The actual dining room does not open to the kitchen, well it does, but through a doorway, not a like the back room, which might as well be one giant room, you can only tell where they divide by where carpet meets linoleum. So since I LIKE the table there, I don't really need the dining room as a dining room.
What do you all think?