What do you do when you need a home office and a guest bedroom but don’t have room for both? This is a common quandary when it comes to home design—especially with more people than ever working from home! It’s rare to have enough space to have a dedicated guest room AND 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 bedroom 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 home office guest room ideas to inspire your own multipurpose guest room!

P.S. Want to make sure you have everything you need to keep guests comfortable? Check out our guest room checklist to make sure you have all the essentials on hand. And check out our home office furniture buying guide to make sure you have everything you need for a productive home office!

guest bedroom design with dark wood furniture and a large writing desk

1. Choose a Cohesive Set of Furniture

This home office and guest room design features a full bedroom setup: a queen bed with two nightstands for full functionality. The arrangement also leaves room for a full-size desk. It’s a great setup for a work-from-home situation where you need an office space in your guest bedroom, or even your own bedroom. It’s also a great option for hosting guests who need to work while they stay over.

 Even though there is a lot of furniture in this small room, since the desk is the same wood tone as other pieces, it creates a cohesive look which helps the space from feeling over-crowded.

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office and guest room design with rattan daybed and classic decor

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 bed with a casual feel. Adding a reading chair in the corner aids in this look and also adds function—you can work from there as well as the desk, and it also gives guests a space to kick back and relax.

This look works great with a writing desk like this that’s smaller but stylish. A home office and guest room design like this is 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!

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bedroom design with a small wood desk and green office chair instead of a nightstand

3. Replace Your Nightstand With a Desk

A great idea for a smaller guest bedroom is to skip the nightstand and 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 alternatives).

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.

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4. Design a Do-It-All Space

This multipurpose guest room gives your guests just about everything they could need during an overnight, or even extended, stay. But it also offers you the space you need for an occasional home office. In this space, we prioritized the guest space with a queen bed, plus a nightstand cabinet on one side of the bed. However, a writing desk on the other side offers guests (and yourself) a space to work.

The desk acts as a second nightstand, but with the added benefit of offering a full workspace. It had a drawer, a small table lamp, and a stool that can be pushed fully underneath the desk when not in use. And with a mirror hung above the desk, this workspace can double as a vanity. An accent chair on the other side of the bed gives guests a place to relax. But when you’re not hosting guests, it’s a great space for reading—for work or pleasure. This approach is great for guest bedrooms that need to serve a lot of purposes. Ultimately, it offers all of the amenities of a nice hotel room, but with a more personal touch.

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large guest bedroom with a small bistro table work station

5. Create a Luxurious Guest Suite

This is a great approach if you have a large room to work with—or even a “mother-in-law” suite or separate guest house on your property. Incorporating a large bed, along with a seating area/work station at the end of the bed gives this space a luxurious feel. The seating area optimizes the guest suite, adding comfort and practicality.

Two wingback accent chairs offer a comfortable seating option—and paired with a round bistro table, you or guests can also use this as a place to set up a computer, take calls, and even collaborate with another person. But it’s also an area that can be used to relax, eat breakfast, and read the morning newspaper.

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bedroom with mint green walls and a home office design across from the bed

6. Dedicate a Full Wall to Your Work Area

This setup is ideal for larger guest bedrooms. The work area has lots of space for a desk with storage and a filing cabinet, so you can use it as your main home office. Dedicating a whole wall in your guest bedroom to an office area gives you the space you need for day-to-day working from home, without completely overtaking the room.

We added a chair in the window nook to provide extra office seating for conversation or working in an alternate location in the room. The layout works because this space is so big it allows for a larger work area. Plus, having the work area situated across from the bed makes it feel separate.

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guest bedroom with gray blue walls and a contemporary desk and office chair

7. 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. Translation? It has everything you need to ensure your guests feel comfortable. But with the addition of a desk, you add even more function to this space with a small home office. This is an awesome setup for long-term guests or work-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.

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studio apartment design with a bedroom and a home office tucked into a wall nook with a wallpaper backdrop

8. 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 features a cleverly converted closet space for an office. Stylistically, a few decorative touches, like wallpaper and a hanging lamp, help define it so your mini office feels like its own “space within a space.”

This home office guest room design is great for someone who is tight on space and has an awkward nook or unused closet that can be converted into 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. Want more design inspiration? Check out our cloffice design ideas.

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small bedroom design with a full bed and wall-mounted desk

9. Go Vertical

We really dig this cute little guest-room-meets-mini- space; it’s great for urban dwellers or tiny living. Even though this room is quite small, it accomplishes a lot. It’s actually one of our favorite small office design ideas! We managed to fit a full bed in this room, for a more comfortable guest bed experience. Rather than a traditional nightstand, we opted for a cabinet, which gives guests a bit of storage space. Under-bed baskets can either be used for office storage or left empty for guests to use in lieu of a dresser.

But what really makes small office guest room ideas like this work is a wall-mounted desk. It provides space to work while taking up minimal floor space. This piece of furniture also has shelves above the workspace to provide space for storage, organization, and decor—again, without taking up extra, valuable square footage. Opting for a stool rather than a chair allows the seat to be tucked away when not in use so that it doesn’t take up extra space.

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.

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a home office design with a sleeper sofa that can be used as a guest room

10. Try Out a Sleeper Sofa

Watch out work-from-homers—this space is a triple threat! It combines a home office workspace, day-time living lounge, and sleep area for guests, with plenty of room to spare! The lounge area is big—there’s plenty of room to spread out on the sofa or floor to relax, listen to music, and hang out. And it’s actually a  sleeper sofa, which pulls out to a queen bed so you can easily host overnight guests when needed. Meanwhile, the desk has its own area, which makes it easy to concentrate and be separate from the rest of the room.

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.

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a pink and neutral color scheme bedroom with a small desk vanity design

11. Wall-Mount Your Work Space

Looking for small office guest room ideas? This design works well for folks who need an occasional workspace versus an everyday dedicated home office. Instead of a proper desk, this room makes use of a floating shelf to serve as a clever desk hack. Just note: it’s not a huge workspace but is 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 (and practical) addition to a small guest bedroom.

When hosting guests, a desk like this could be used as a vanity with a mirror placed above it. You can also simply use it as a shelf to hold decor and guest bedroom essentials, and since it’s floating it doesn’t take up any floor space!

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a coastal style home office with blue walls and a day bed that can be used as a guest room

12. Get Multifunctional with a Daybed

Opting for a daybed is one of those home office guest room ideas that gives you extra functionality day-to-day. Since it’s not a traditional bed you can style it more like a sofa when not hosting guests—giving you an extra lounge space in your home. Choosing a desk that’s  a similar style as the daybed makes it feel like it’s part of the room instead of a sad office corner.

This is a good layout for those who don’t host guests that often, but it’s also great for guests who need to use a desk while they stay over.

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boho bedroom design with colorful deco and a small desk set up next to a window

13. Maximize Wall and Floor Space

This home office and guest room design offers a stylish blend of comfort and functionality. The bed is the focal point of the room, but the desk is also a stylish and practical addition to the space. This look works best with a desk that is long but not deep—maximizing wall space without taking up too much floor space. It offers plenty of space for working from home on the daily. But when the room is being used as guest quarters, the desk isn’t so large that it’s overtaking the room.

Placing a shelf above the desk and baskets on the floor add extra storage and an easy place for decor. This layout would be great for art projects or working from home in a creative and inspiring space!

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This post was updated July 27, 2021

4 replies
  1. ELIZABETH ANN JONES says:

    Am I the only person who hates my home office desk facing the wall???? I hate having my back to the room and facing a wall all day while I work. I need a design that has the desk facing the room….so I can be open to the room while I work. Is that even possible? My set-up right now is “ok” with my front room attempting to serve as an instant guest bedroom with a fold out couch on one wall and my desk facing in on the other wall. There’s a dresser on the perpendicular wall and a huge display window across from that. I like to see outside…enjoy life while working….I just need a more functionally designed desk that’s suited for facing out….and maybe some more styling help LoL I don’t know if I like walking into the room with my desk facing in directly to the right so I’m workin on ideas for that….

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