When you’ve got guests staying with you, you always want them to be comfortable in your home. That’s not always possible if you stick them in the spare room, surrounded by all of the junk you couldn’t fit in the garage. So many people just end up using the spare room as a storage room and don’t have a nice, relaxing space for people to stay when they come to visit. If you live in a different city to a lot of your friends and family and you’ve got people coming up regularly, you need to do something about it, but it’s difficult when you don’t have much space in the house. Luckily, there are ways to create a guest room without compromising on space when you haven’t got people staying in there.
A Granny Annex
Don’t be put off by the name, granny annexes aren’t just for old people. They get their name because people often build them for elderly parents but they’re a great option for guest rooms as well. If you just haven’t got the room in the house but you still want a good space for guests to stay, they’re the perfect solution. You can get a beautiful wooden annex in the garden which looks great and is comfortable inside. It’s often better than keeping guests in the house because they’ve got their own space separate from the main house and they won’t feel like they’re intruding.
The bed takes up the lion’s share of the room and there isn’t much space left for anything else once you put it in there, but if you can get rid of it, you can still use the room for something else. Getting yourself a foldaway bed that folds down into a sofa opens up so many possibilities. You can still use the room for watching TV or even make it into an office with the sofa against a back wall. Then when you’ve got guests, you can quickly turn it into a great guest room.
There are plenty of great sofa beds that are just as comfortable as a normal bed, without taking up all of the room. If you’re willing to spend a bit of money on the room and you’ve got a cupboard in there, you could even put in a bed that folds away into the cupboard when you’re not using it. That way, you won’t be taking up any extra space whatsoever.
Double Use Furniture
When you’re trying to fit two rooms into one, that could mean putting two sets of furniture in there. But that’s obviously not going to work and you’ll end up with a cluttered room that’s no good as a guest room, let alone anything else. You can get around that by using multipurpose furniture; for example, if you’re using the room as a home office, you can get a wooden desk stool that doubles as a bedside table. A wooden storage box can easily be turned into a comfy seat with the addition of a couple of nice cushions. It’s these clever furniture tricks that will really help you make the room multipurpose.
If you think that you don’t have the space for a guest bedroom, think again. You’ll just have to be clever about it.
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