Many people don’t have the luxury of having a dedicated guest room in their home—especially those living in apartments. Rather, “guest rooms” tend to have many other uses when company isn’t present. This is even more common now that so many of us are working from home or homeschooling. Every square foot of our houses need to be functional!

But what do we do now, as the holiday season is approaching? Though the holidays will probably look quite different from years past, some will still be hosting overnight guests—so you have to make sure your home is ready, with space for guests to sleep! (If you want to make sure you have everything on-hand for guests, check out our guest room checklist!)

If you’re one of the many households that has a combo guest room, we’re here to help you get the most out of it. So, we rounded up our best tips for combining a guest room with another type of room to help you get maximum functionality out of your space!

Room Type: Guest Room + Home Office

A home office and guest room combo is probably the most common combination of the moment. When thinking through home office design ideas, you’ll want to make sure the space is highly functional for your day-to-day life. But you’ll also want to design it in a way that won’t require a total transformation of the space when guests arrive!

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The Challenge

If you’re working from home full time, you want this space to work, primarily, as an office. But you still want to strike a balance so that the room feels cozy and comfortable when hosting guests. Essentially, the space needs to serve both functions without it feeling cluttered or leaning too much toward a bedroom or office.

Stylist Tips For Acing This Combo

Investing in multipurpose furniture (like a daybed and a lower profile desk) is key—in fact, it’s one of our favorite office guest room hacks. This will help you create a space that’s comfortable for guests so they don’t feel like they’re sleeping in a home office—but it also helps it function for you as a home office.

To achieve this, we recommend a writing desk and comfortable chair, with a daybed and side table that can be used as a nightstand for guests. Opting for a daybed rather than a traditional bed helps the look feel more natural for the day-to-day—and since daybeds are kind of like sofas, you or your kids can use that as a lounge space. Plus, having a desk is great for guests who need to work while they visit you, and also double as a vanity for getting ready.

Room Type: Guest Room + Home Office

Here’s a different take on the guest room/home office combo. This is the perfect approach for those who don’t work at home full-time, or who want this combo space to function as a guest room before anything else. It features a queen bed and dresser for a practical guest bedroom—but still has plenty of space for a desk and office chair for when you do need a quiet office space.

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The Challenge

The intention of this space is for it to serve as a guest room first and a home office second. So, the challenge is dedicating enough space for sleeping and storage without the space feeling cluttered.

Stylist Tips For Acing This Combo

Keep all the furniture cohesive so it looks like the room was designed on purpose. You don’t want it to look like it’s just a bed and desk thrown together in a spare room as an afterthought. Include a dresser in the room’s design for additional storage space for guests, and opt for a queen size bed. To ensure this space is calming for guests, buy a desk with hidden storage. This allows you to stash away work supplies when you have guests, leaving them with a relaxing space that’s all their own.

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Room Type: Guest Room + Living Space

If you live in a small space, your guest bedroom may also be your living room and home office. Hosting guests in a living space may feel extra challenging, but it’s not impossible. And it’s not a conundrum only for those who live in tiny apartments. This may also be a reality for those who have finished basements, where a basement family room is also where guests sleep.

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The Challenge

Creating a space that is functional for everyday use as a living space (and maybe even an office), but having space and easy access to clean up and convert the space for guests. Considering guest privacy is also a challenge.

Stylist Tips For Acing This Combo

Invest in a sofa bed that can easily convert into a comfortable space to sleep when you’re hosting guests. This space may not have doors to close for total privacy, but position the sofa bed so the guests have some level of privacy in the space when they sleep. Use lightweight accent furniture (like your coffee table and ottomans) so you can easily move them to pull the sofa bed out, and have side tables guests can use as nightstands.

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Room Type: Guest Room + TV Room

For those who don’t host guests very often, you probably don’t want to dedicate a whole room as a guest bedroom. But it is nice to have a space that can convert into one. For this, we love creating a room that can function as a TV lounge or den, but use a futon or daybed as the main piece of furniture so it can be used as a guest bedroom when the need arises.

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The Challenge

For this space to serve as a nice guest room, you need to incorporate some essentials—like the ability for privacy, making sure the futon is actually comfortable, and having a side table that can be moved over and used as a nightstand.

Stylist Tips For Acing This Combo

Get a futon or daybed that’s big enough to comfortably fit a guest or two. Add curtains or blinds to the space (which you’d probably want for a TV room anyway), and make sure there’s adequate lighting in the room. And make sure guests have somewhere to set their stuff, even if it’s just a shelf or empty side table!

Room Type: Guest Room + Kids Bedroom

If you don’t have a spare room, you may want to design your kids’ bedroom with the capability of using it as a guest bedroom. When you have guests over, you can set your kids up with a sleepover in the living room and use their bedroom as a guest space.

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The Challenge

Making sure the space is comfortable for guests and feels like a space they can relax in, rather than it feeling like they’re sleeping in a kid’s room.

Stylist Tips For Acing This Combo

Opt for storage furniture so you can clear away kids items before your guests arrive so the space feels more adult. You could also leave a few empty drawers open to show your guests which ones they can use. If you’re hosting a couple but you only have a pair of twin beds, they may feel strange sleeping in separate twin beds—so go above and beyond to make sure the space feels comfortable! To make it feel less like a kids room, switch out your kids’ bedding for something more simple and neutral.

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Room Type: Guest Room + Nursery

If you have a baby or toddler who’s in a crib, but they’re flexible in where they can sleep, you could also put a daybed in their nursery and use that for guests. When guests arrive, you can set up a pack-and-play in another room and let your guests have the nursery for themselves!

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The Challenge

Nurseries tend to be small, so fitting a bed in them in a way that feels natural day-to-day can be challenging. You want the room to work as a functional nursery while still having room for guests.

Need more small nursery design tips? We’ve got you covered.

Stylist Tips For Acing This Combo

A multi-use piece like a daybed gives you maximum flexibility for this combo. Daybeds tend to have a smaller footprint, and often offer options for under-bed storage or a trundle bed for extra sleeping space. Plus, when you don’t have guests, a daybed serves as a perfect place to curl up with your baby and read books. And it could even transition into their toddler bed when they graduate from a crib!

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