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6 Ways to Design a Guest Room/Office Combo

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

Ashley Bell Interiors/Houzz

This room is a triple threat, functioning as an office, den and guest room.

Photo by Ashley Bell Interiors

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.

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A sleek daybed serves as seating by day and a bed by night.

Photo by Patrick Brian Jones PLLC

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.

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Minimalist design opens up a small space.

Photo by Ample DESIGN

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.

ANNA CARIN Design/Houzz

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

Photo by ANNA CARIN Design

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.

Richard Cole Architecture/Houzz

This desk doubles as a night stand.

Photo by Richard Cole Architecture

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. —Laura Gaskill for Houzz

Kirkwood McCarthy/Houzz

Open drapes allow the light in when the space is used as an office.

Photo by Kirkwood McCarthy


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