6 Ways to Design a Guest Room/Office Combo

Your home improvement goals should always come first, whether that’s renovation or maintenance. One way to balance both is to make your rooms work for you: start by finding a less-used room and revamping it to be multipurpose.

In these clever spaces, the desk and bed co-exist beautifully.

Unless you host overnight guests frequently—and have space to spare—it’s smart to make a guest room do double duty as a home office. Here, six examples of guest quarters that pack in space-saving features with style.

1. The triple-duty guest room, den and office. A den with a door that closes for privacy can make an ideal guest space and, with some smart planning, can work as an office, too. In the space shown here, a daybed decorated with lots of cushions serves as a sofa for watching TV or as a bed for overnight guests. A pair of tall lamps flanking the computer helps the desk feel like part of the room.

2. The modern daybed. If you’re looking for a sleeker version of the typical guest bed, consider a modern, low profile daybed like the one here. During the day, the room functions as an efficient home office. At night, wheel the desk chair away and pull out the bed to create a cozy nest for guests.

3. The platform storage bed. A custom platform bed like this one offers storage in its compartments below, along with a sleek, one-of-a-kind look. The sturdy base is suitable for a Japanese futon or a traditional mattress, sans box spring. Combined with a slender built-in desk on the opposite wall, the narrow room feels serene and spacious.

4. The built-in daybed. This space-saving design can tuck in at the end of a small room, even in places a standard-size bed might not fit, leaving the rest of the room available for a desk.

Refer to standard bed sizing if you build a daybed. If it’s too short, your guests will be uncomfortable!

5. Over-the-bed cabinets. To fit in more storage, without skimping on a real bed, consider installing wall-to-wall upper cabinets. Here, a slim desk provides ample workspace below the cabinets on one side; on the other, a comfy bed invites relaxation.

6. The guest loft. Mezzanine levels can be tricky to furnish, especially as a sleeping space where guests might want privacy. One solution is to install floor-to-ceiling drapes that can be pulled shut when the space is being used by guests. A sleek sofa bed or, here, a settee bed, take up little space, while providing a comfy place to sit or sleep, leaving the other wall free for a desk and chair.

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