"I purchased a very nice wall unit at Ikea, an LCD TV, also a nice sofa bed. But that is where I ran out of steam."
Homeowner: Jennice Fuentes of Arlington on her 12-by-14-foot spare room
"The room needs to be organized and streamlined to maximize space [and] to make it a dual-purpose room."
Designer: Karen Osborne of Karen Renee Interior Design in Severna Park, 410-647-0435, http://www.karenreneeinteriors.com
Move the wall unit to the opposite wall, so guests are not immediately met by this huge unit. This will also create the appearance of more space for an office area and a spot for conversation in front of the TV.
Construct a custom office nook in the closet by removing the doors and installing plenty of shelving.
Slipcover the sofa in white. This neutral color on the sofa and throughout the space will make the room appear larger.
Inject bright accent colors to liven up the space.