Many years of growth, learning, and hard work have come and gone. Celebrations of scholarly accomplishments leave you and your family with heart-felt gratitude and optimism for your child’s future. Now that your child has moved out of the house and into their dorm room, apartment, or next home, you may be wondering what to do with their old room. 

While leaving your child’s room just as they left it may seem like the best plan of action (or rather, inaction) that doesn’t allow for the room to be as useful as it could be. Thankfully there are a variety of ways to bring new purpose to the room while still providing a comfortable, private guest room when your child comes home to visit. 

Here are some ideas on how to repurpose your grad’s room and make the most out of the newly opened space. 

Incorporate Multi-Purpose Furniture

When your child moves out of the house, whether it’s off to college, vocational school, to start a career or family of their own it’s common to reserve a comfortable space for them to stay when they come back to visit. However, the room can serve more than one purpose and be used year-round when you add multi-functional furniture such as a custom Murphy bed. 

A Murphy bed, or wallbed, allows you to hide the bed away against the wall disguised as an armoire. After being easily stowed away, a large amount of floor space is open for the room to be used in a variety of ways. Just as easily, the bed can be lowered in a one quick moment and you are ready to host your child for an overnight visit.  

Think of how you would like to use your time and how your home can support you in your passions. The extra space in this room could be used in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Painting or other art mediums
  • Exercising, stretching, or meditation
  • Sewing or other crafts 
  • Reading, writing or computer-based projects

Showcase Special Memories

You may elect to completely redecorate your child’s old room, but saving some keepsakes and showcasing them is a great way to remember good times and make your child feel special when they return to visit. 

A jersey, uniform, or favorite shirt they wore may be best preserved mounted in a frame, either hung on the wall or placed on shelving. If your child enjoyed creating artwork, displaying one or more of their pieces is also a great way to honor them while redecorating. 

Pro tip: Select a few items you’d like to display before making a final decision on a new paint color so the theme is cohesive. 

At Wallbeds n’ More Reno you are welcome to customize your Murphy bed with useful features such as open (or closed) shelves on either side of the bed. The attached shelving provides a beautiful focal point to showcase memories and photos. You can also select the wood finish color and hardware so that the style matches your home’s decor. 

Keep Comfort in Mind

This room should be a place where you, your family, and your child are comfortable and happy spending time. While we could elaborate for days about making a bedroom comfortable, here are some key areas to consider: 

  • Use soft lighting
  • Keep throw pillows and extra blankets handy
  • Reduce visual clutter 
  • Select a supportive yet giving mattress
  • Add a rug that compliments the design of your room


Stop by during store hours or schedule an appointment to visit our showroom at Wallbeds n’ More in Reno, Nevada. Our interior designers are happy to help you select and create the perfect custom Murphy bed for your home!