6 ways to use your kid's old bedroom

What to do after your child moves out

Watching your child walk out the front door to go to college or to venture into the "real world" can leave parents with an empty heart — and an empty bedroom.

Finding something to fill the hole is tough. Finding something great to do with that empty bedroom — well, that’s easy.

We came up with six alternative uses for junior's room, ranging from the practical to the enterprising. Some of these ideas will cost you money, a financial investment you might find valuable because you'll be turning the unused into the functional. Tapping your home equity might help. Other ideas on our list might actually earn you some cash.

It's time to set emotions aside and enjoy planning what to do with your new free space.

By Dona DeZube
Interest.com Contributing Editor