16 Ways to Get More Out of Your Guest Bedroom

It’s not always practical to devote an entire room to the occasional visitor. But with a little creativity, you can design a space that welcomes guests when it needs to, but doubles as an office, media room or playroom the rest of the time. Get ideas from these stylish multifunctional guest bedrooms.

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By: Amanda Lecky

Photo By: Kuoh Photography; Design By: Jennifer Jones, Niche Interiors

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Photo By: Kelsey Ann Rose for Homepolish; Design By: Sara Touijer, Touijer Designs

Photo By: Eric Roth Photography

Photo By: Todd Richesin Interiors

Photo By: David Marlow; Design By: Miller | Roodell Architects Ltd.

Make It Disappear

Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors designed this comfortable guest space for her clients’ "revolving door" of out-of-town guests. When it’s just the owners at home, the guest bed folds up into the built-in cabinets, transforming the space into a sunny office. "Murphy beds and sofa beds are fantastic solutions for accommodating guests while maintaining plenty of usable space for other daily activities," says Jones.

Put It to Work

Building cabinets and a work surface along one wall of a guest bedroom allows the space to double as a home office. The dark finish of the cabinets coordinates well with the bedding and furnishings for a crisp, tailored look. Tip: Plan plenty of closed storage for a dual-purpose space, so guests don’t have to look at piles of paper or supplies.

Nestle It Into a Nursery

In city homes where space is often at a premium, designer Sara Touijer suggests choosing furniture that can serve dual purposes. For a nursery that doubles as a guest room, she chose an elegant daybed from Jonathan Adler. "It gives family members a comfortable place to sleep and enjoy their time spent with the newest addition to the family," she says. When no one’s visiting, the daybed is a comfy couch.

Mix It With Media

When guests are visiting, a Murphy bed folds down over the sofa, turning this sleek space into a welcoming guest retreat. The rest of the time, the owners use it as a media room or office.

Be Smart About Space

When carving out rooms in this open loft in downtown Knoxville, Tenn., designer Todd Richesin took some space-saving measures. The dual-purpose office and guest area is a perfect example: He designed a pull-out bed that disappears into a built-in dividing wall when not in use, but creates a cozy sleeping space when guests are in town.

Build In Flexibility

To give a Sun Valley, Idaho, home a guest room that would double as a place for the family to watch TV, read or play games, the team at Miller Roodell Architects took a creative approach. "Window seats that use either a twin or full mattress can function as a sitting area during the day and as a bed for overnight guests," say the architects. They gave the space a rustic look befitting its location by using posts and timbers from an old barn.

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