With space becoming a very limited commodity in residences worldwide, it’s a good idea to consider out-of-the-box alternatives to your average living space.
These days, there are so many ways you can utilize one room for multiple purposes, and combining your guestroom or home office with a multipurpose room is one of the most popular options nowadays.
You could be saying goodbye to two separate rooms and hello to having enough space in just one! Now isn’t that encouraging!
Can the Home Office Double as a Guest Room?
For many years, home offices have found their place in the home. Today, they are on the rise again, finding themselves within the confines of a large office or as part of an entire home office complex.
There are many different home office designs to choose from, but the primary consideration is whether you want your home office to double as a guest room. In most cases, you should allow for this option if you plan on using your home office for more than just working.
The best way to accommodate the home office as both a working space and a place to sleep is to find a home office design that can be closed off or hidden.
You can use a solid or even folding door as long as you can close off your office when you need peace. You should never feel like you have to choose between working and sleeping in your home office. Create a flexible space with a home office design that provides you with both options.
If you need additional space in your home, but you don’t want to sacrifice an existing room, consider converting an area that is convenient and already used regularly into a new, comfortable space that serves as a multipurpose room.
One convenient way to do this is to repurpose a spare bedroom where you’d only be hosting guests occasionally, turning it into a guest room/home office combo!
With most of us needing offices in our home, what a great way to get regular use out of your space and be able to accommodate the guests — or provide the perfect spot for a catnap!
Accomplishing this task may seem daunting; however, some solutions can make it more manageable. Murphy beds and daybeds are some of the best options for expanding your office/home-work space.
Although offices and guest rooms are designed for living and working spaces, it’s crucial to create a stylish, ergonomic interior that feels homely without any unnecessary clutter and items.
Make sure to design the setup around you to put you at ease when working in the office or resting elsewhere. It’s easy to think that combining two areas of your house, such as a guest room and office, into one space is simply a matter of adding furniture from each room into the same open area.
Still, when given the opportunity, you may be pleasantly surprised by how many rooms can pull off the combination to create a harmonious environment.
How to Arrange a Home Office – Guest Room Combo?
Start with a Murphy Bed
When it comes to space-saving beds, few come close to the ingenuity of Murphy. This timeless classic is all about multitasking from dorm room staple to serving with panache in a stylish bedroom.
A home office with a Murphy that folds away is the perfect solution for those who wish to construct an elegant guest bedroom.
Unlike other smaller beds that are only good for a single night’s stay, a home office with a large Murphy bed can play host to friends and family for longer. Modern Murphy beds come in various styles that fit your needs and make you feel at home.
Whether you’re looking for something practical such as a bedside or guest room bed or an extra space in the office to layout paperwork and organize files, there are Murphy beds available that can help further declutter other areas by supplementing them with additional cabinets or shelves.
Choose a cohesive set of furniture
It takes some finesse to get a lot done while still making it look like you have your act together. The room may feature a queen bed, a couple of nightstands for full functionality, and a wholly-functional office area.
If you work from home, this setup is perfect for maximizing your space. It’s the best of both worlds – you can enjoy a firm separation between sleeping and working, or use the desk for when you need to sit down and think in comfort!
On top of everything being super functional, there will be room enough for a bed all as well.
Since you’ll be in close quarters with this furniture set, make sure that every piece comes from the same wood tone and keep things uniform by using a classic medium-dark stain on all the surfaces for a more cohesive look.
Go for a monochrome look for the illusion of broader space
Monochromatic bedroom designs are the perfect way to ensure your small room still feels grand and luxurious. It can be done with a tasteful balance of white and single, bold color.
A neutral-hued bedding set, for instance, paired with a dark ornamental headboard, is an excellent way to create depth in a small room. You may want to use the same shade consistently throughout minimalistic rooms, whether on pillows, bed sheets, or comforters.
As far as choosing furniture pieces to go, think of streamlined and clean-lined designs that will enhance the space without taking away from it too much, and opting for simple lighting fixtures such as wall sconces can take center stage while adding a dash of charm!
Make use of small spare rooms
Having a small spare room with limited space can be overwhelming. However, the right approach makes it possible to turn this area into a beautiful office and a guest bedroom featuring a fold-out bed.
Here, the king is not the Murphy bed or any vertical designs but rather sleeker horizontal ones.
This way, you don’t need a lot of vertical space either, and even smaller spaces can work as functional offices or guest bedrooms because there will always be enough room for everyone, thanks to how easily they transform when just folded out!
Make use of the attic
Even the smallest attic can work for a functional home office and a relaxing guest room. Another excellent example of a small space sneaky enough to house something like this is a den, one of the favorite spaces for the youngsters.
Try creating some novel furniture with ladders to add creative appeal to your unique space for rooms with an attic nook. When it comes to secret places like these, turned-wood staircases make for easy access and other times may require more creative alternatives.
In the case of our touchpaper-inspired study with its skylight ceiling and wooden shelves inspired by step ladders, a suitable low-relief was created using just some paint to create cozy seating that’s fun yet stylish!
Declutter your space
A complete overhaul is needed in small guestroom-home office combos. For starters, you need to begin by throwing away everything that doesn’t serve any meaningful purpose and adding essentials on top of decor that expands the living space as much as possible, like furniture with hidden storage spaces.
Do not allow yourself to be restricted by furniture pieces that desperately need a replacement! If there were one thing we took away from being a part of this project, it would be the idea of getting rid of what isn’t essential and thus ensuring a more enjoyable and ultimately beneficial environment for whoever may go on to inhabit this space.
Get proper decor and lighting
When it comes to home offices that double as guest rooms, the focus is naturally on making good use of available space and furthering multitasking potential. However, that shouldn’t be treated as the sole consideration or plan for the room like the bedroom or the living room.
Add a television and entertainment console to give it a more casual feel and make it pleasant for family members, guests, and anyone who may stop by during business hours!
Good lighting is critical to an intelligent approach as well, so think about ambient and focused lighting separately but in combination with each other so that your home office doubles as a family room without feeling at all dark and gloomy.
Use convertible sofas
If the room you use as a guest bedroom is limited in space, a sleeper sofa can simultaneously be used as a bed and a couch. The same goes for the desk – if it is built into a bookshelf that extends to form part of the wall that also serves as a headboard, it will take up less space overall.
Since there is often a slight separation between what’s commonly considered the bedroom proper and other rooms in many homes these days, this approach may free up more spaces in your home overall because you’ll have the extra square footage to occupy by making better utilizing existing areas!
How Can I work While I Have Guests?
It’s best to be organized ahead of time. If you are in your guest room, make sure your work is silent. Try using headphones when listening to music. If you have your computer or radio on, better use a headset.
The critical issue here is not the noise but rather the distraction. You can politely request your guests to leave your office space when making a phone call or Skype conversation. They might be able to talk in the living room if you have an open floor plan.
Many people find that their guest room/office combo becomes a disaster when guests are over. Defining borders and making this area ready for focused work is crucial.
If you can, turn the desk and the guest room bed into an L-shaped configuration. This way, your desk and workstation, like a PC or laptop, will be in the proper work zone, while the mattress will serve as the guest zone.
You can also close the doors to the room you’re not using to help define the area. Let them know that you are working, use some ‘do not disturb signs, and request them to keep the noise low while you are working.
Many times, when you want to work, you want to be left alone. If you cannot create a work boundary in your home, consider finding a local coffee shop that is close to your house for the time being.
If that seems like a hassle, consider investing in rolling desks so that you can move out of the guest room with your necessary documents and laptop to a different room for a while when guests are over.
Although you might like to be given free rein when it comes to designing your office, remember you have to keep in mind the needs of your guests too.
You can create a workspace that has a little something for everyone. You’re sure to get piles of work done on comfortable furniture that lets people work and rest without distraction.
There are two things guests and you look for in a home office/guest room: coziness and peace of mind.
Your workspace has to be a balance between what the guest wants and needs, but at the same time, it needs to remain comfortable to work in – which is why we suggest choosing furniture that’s pleasing to the eye while also being functional.
Choose simple pieces, like an oak desk or perhaps a filing cabinet made out of wood – they give off a homely feel without going overboard. Feel free to include other aesthetic elements or decorations; however, try not to clutter them up since your workspace still has to serve its purpose when it’s not serving as a place for your guests to rest!
Anthony Laird is an interior designer and decorator with many years of experience. He is passionate about helping people make the most of their living space. Leveraging his many years of experience, Anthony Laird teaches people how to create the most inspiring interior spaces. With the increasing rate of home offices across the world, Anthony Laird now uses LichtenCraig to help more people design home offices that suit their personality and increase productivity.