Having a spare room in your home is an exciting opportunity! Often, we need these rooms to function as a workspace and a guest room. Keeping multiple functions in mind, here are our tips on how to style a space that doubles as a guest bedroom.
Make Your Furniture Pull Double-Duty
In a space that serves two purposes, your furniture should as well. Multi-functional furniture, such as a Murphy bed with shelving, a pull-out sofa, or a set of shelves that include desk space all accomplish this. Even regular furniture can achieve this. For example, a desk next to a bed can function as a night stand or vanity. When you style a home office that doubles as a guest bedroom, don’t be afraid to get creative and use furniture in ways other than their original intent.
Make Sure You Have Room For All Your Office Essentials
Having designated areas for pens, notepads, files, and any other essentials will ensure the space is easy to keep clean and always ready for guests. As a bonus, having everything in its place also ensures a smoother work day. Even if you’re not the most organized person, having cupboards and drawers for storage allows you to tuck away clutter quickly when you’re entertaining.
Add Personal Touches
Whether it’s photos, knick knacks or plants, small homey touches will make your office a cozy overnight home to guests. A coaster on a bedside table, for example, is not only a thoughtful consideration but can add a touch of colour as well. Simply hanging wall art can add warmth to a room whether it’s being used as an office or a bedroom.
Splurge On Bedding
Nothing will make your guests feel pampered like a comfortable night’s sleep! This is why we recommend splurging on bedding. Even if you have a tight budget, cut corners in other areas of the room. Breathable sheets made of natural materials are a great choice, as are several good quality pillows. If you’re buying a mattress, plan for most of your investment in the room to be alloted to that. Finally, add a few touches such as a throw or cushions to welcome your guests.
Add Multiple Lighting Sources
The lighting needed for an office space is much different than that of a bedroom. Take this into consideration and add multiple lighting sources to your guest bedroom. Ensure task lighting is placed near the work area, and softer bedside lighting is available for reading or relaxing.
Creating a suitable home office that doubles as a guest bedroom is easy when you get creative with your furniture and lighting. It’s a wonderful way to use a spare room and save on space! Thanks for reading and be sure to follow along on the Medallion blog for more tips on decorating.