6 ways to use your kid's old bedroom

Create a convenient laundry

You’ve hauled your kid’s laundry down to the basement for years, so how about making your life easier by overhauling his room into a first-floor laundry?

Because bedroom count influences home value (the more the better), create a laundry room that’s easy to turn back into a bedroom when you’re ready to resell your home.

First, make sure the floor can support the weight of laundry machines. Bring plumbing up from the basement through the walls. Install the washing machine drainpipe above the existing floor.

Cover the plumbing with a platform that also boosts the height of your new energy-efficient, water-saving front loader and dryer. Add a tray under the washing machine to catch any leaking water or overflows.

Put dressers in your new laundry, and you can fold and put away clothes without leaving the room.

Estimated cost: $5,000, including new washer and dryer, flooring and stock cabinets.