What do you do when you need a home office and a guest room but don’t have room for both? This is a common quandary when it comes to home design—especially these days with more people than ever needing to work from home! It’s rare that we have enough space at home to have a dedicated guest room AND a room for a home office, but if you have one spare room in your house you can try to make it work for both!
However, multi-purpose spaces are always tricky. Whether you are making a guest room double as an office or trying to fit an office into your actual bedroom, you want enough space to make it feel comfortable for both sleeping and working. The good news is that with some clever design tricks, you can have a functional and stylish room that works as both. Here are 11 ways to create an office and guest room layout in your home.
1. Put a Writing Desk In Your Guest Room
This office and guest room layout features a full bedroom setup: a queen bed with two nightstands for full functionality. The arrangement leaves room for a full-size desk, also. It’s a great setup for a work-from-home situation where you need an office space in your guest room or your own bedroom. It’s also a great option for hosting guests who need to work while they stay over.
The mirror above the desk adds function as it can double as a vanity. This layout works in a small space as the desk is up against the wall so it doesn’t impede the room. The desk is the same in style/colors as other pieces so it’s cohesive and feels part of the style and room’s overall look.
2. Style a Working-Meets-Lounge Space
We love how this room feels like a lounge or makeshift living room! The daybed acts as a sofa and doubles as a guest bedroom with a casual feel. Adding a reading chair in corner aids in this look and also adds function—you can work from there as well as the desk.
This look works great with a writing desk like this that’s smaller but stylish. A office and guest room layout like this could be great for a small apartment where you need a multifunctional space. The desk doesn’t take up much space or overpower the room. It still feels casual and open and there are multiple areas to relax or work from without overcrowding the space!
3. Replace Your Nightstand
A great idea for a smaller master or guest bedroom is to skip the nightstand have a desk do double-duty. We chose a desk that is small but stylish so it works as both a nightstand and workspace. (Feeling creative? Here are 8 more nightstand alternative ideas).
The color palette really pulls this room together. The blonde wood desk sports a mid-century modern form and doesn’t add visual weight to the green, white and neutral color palette. This look works in a variety of spaces, especially if you don’t need a huge desk.
4. Open Your Space Up With a Desk Area
This setup is ideal for larger guest bedrooms. The work area has lots of space for a desk, storage, and filing so you can use it as a spare desk for working from home or even as your main home office.
We added a chair in the nook to provide extra office seating for conversation or working in an alternate location in room. The layout works because this space is so big it allows for a larger work area. Plus, having the desk/work area situated across from bed makes it feel separate.
5. Know You Can Have It All
Nothing is lacking in this space! It features a full bed setup with nightstands, a large working desk, a floor mirror, and even a dresser for extra storage. This is an awesome setup for long term guests or working from home situations—there’s lots of space so you don’t have to worry about competing functions.
The room still offers space to walk around the bed so you don’t have to feel boxed into a cramped space or layout. And smart lighting options like the sconces and desk lamp as well as modern furniture help keep the space feeling open.
6. Convert a Closet Space
Sometimes you have to get clever with your space to make a home office design work for you! This office in the guest room layout cleverly uses a funky nook space, but you can also use a converted closet space for an office. Stylistically, a few decorative touches like wallpaper and a hanging lamphelp define it so your mini office feels like its own “space within a space.”
This layout is great for someone who is tight on space and has an awkward nook or unused closet that can be converted for usable space. It’s also great if you like a desk that’s not set out in the wide-open—you can tuck away and hide things a bit. The key to making this layout work is to keep the nook sophisticated in style and cohesive with the rest of the room so it doesn’t end up feeling like a cluttered corner.
7. Go Vertical!
We really dig this chic office-meets-mini guest room space—it’s great for urban dwellers or tiny living. The daybed is compact as well as the desk so it accomplishes a lot without taking up a lot of room. The daybed could also function as sofa during the day if you like a chill spot to work.
This whole setup would fit in a small room and is super multifunctional. The vertical desk maximizes storage and function in a tall but small space and it’s an ideal solution if you don’t need a ton of surface space to work.
8. Work, Lounge, and Sleep!
Watch out work-from-homers—this space is a triple threat! It combines a workspace, day-time living lounge, and sleep area for guests with plenty of room to spare! The desk has its own area, which makes it easy to concentrate and be separate from the rest of the room. The lounge area is big—there’s plenty of room to spread out on the floor, relax, listen to music, collaborate, etc. And the sofa pulls out to a queen bed so you can easily host overnight guests when needed.
This is perfect for those who have an occasional guest and don’t need to use the bed often. It’s also fantastic for those who want different options for where to work within the room. Just be sure you have the space for this—it’s essential to have a larger room to make a sofa bed work.
9. Work in Chic Style
This room works well for folks who need an occasional workspace versus an everyday dedicated office. Instead of a proper desk, this room makes use of a floating shelve to serve as a clever desk hack. Just note: it’s not a huge workspace, more of a makeshift desk for short bursts of time. You could add a few baskets underneath for storage but overall it just acts as a stylish addition to a small space.
A desk like this could be used for vanity as well with a mirror placed above it. You can also use it as a shelf when not used as a desk, and since it’s floating it doesn’t take up much floor space!
10. Work in Sunshine
If you enjoy working in natural light, you’ll love this open workspace in the bedroom. The daybed acts as both a bed and lounge and is low enough that it doesn’t block any light from the windows. It could be used for working, collaboration, etc. The desk is cohesive and stays in style with the space so it feels like it’s part of the room instead of a sad office corner. It’s also on the small side and makes a good writing desk or a temporary work station.
You can enjoy the views out the window or take cat-nap on daybed! This is a good layout for guests who need to use a desk while they stay over or for those who don’t mind sharing a small space.
11. Let Creativity Flow
This office and guest room layout option offers a stylish blend of comfort and functionality. The bed is the focal point but the desk is a stylish addition to space—it adds practicality and makes good use of wall space. The look works best with a desk that is long but not deep—perfect for a wall space work area.
Placing a shelf above the desk and baskets on the floor add extra storage and an easy place for decor. And the arrangement is ideal because you can look out the window and enjoy scenery while you work. This layout would be great for art projects or working from home in a creative and inspiring space! It feels whimsical and youthful so you can let your imagination run wild.
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