Summer leaves more time to travel, which means you might be entertaining overnight guests at your home—whether your family is staying with you or you’re hosting out-of-town friends for a weekend.
But creating a permanent guest room in your house may not always be realistic. You might be short on room or hesitant to dedicate an entire room to guest quarters you’ll use just a handful of times each year.
Unfortunately, the other sleeping options, such as an air mattress that will no doubt deflate overnight, a thin, uncomfortable sofa bed or even the floor, aren’t very attractive. Rather than offering friends and family a bad night’s sleep, there are some creative and attractive ways to accommodate extra guests and create a dual-use room.
Multipurpose Room Ideas
A Murphy bed is a clever way to add a comfortable sleeping spot to a room so it’s there when you need it, and it stows away when you don’t. What’s especially useful about Murphy beds is all of the options available to you. You’re not only adding a place to sleep, but also storage.
For example, you can create a custom wall unit with cabinets and shelves. Open the bi-fold doors in the center of the wall to reveal a bed that pulls down. The surrounding cabinets, shelves and drawers can house bedding and supplies for your overnight guests.
It’s not practical to create a permanent guest room if you use it just a few times a year—especially if you’d be better served to create a home office. Instead, you can create a custom home office with a desk and matching Murphy bed. When it’s not in use, the cabinet matches the other furniture and fits seamlessly into the room.
Whether you need to store books or want to store decorative items, shelves that slide away to reveal a Murphy bed are also an option for your home office, den or hobby room. When your guests are ready to sleep, simply slide the bookshelves to either side and pull down the Murphy bed.
A hideaway bed is part desk or table and part bed. It’s ideal for a room where you’d like to include a desk and a place to sleep, but you might not have room for both. Here’s how it works: a hideaway bed can include open shelves or closed cabinets and drawers around the desk area. When it’s time to sleep, your guests can pull a handle above the desk to reveal the bed and hide the desk.
A technological twist on a Murphy bed, a zoom-room bed is a concealed behind a cabinet and rolls out when you need it. A memory foam mattress is stored vertically in a custom cabinet, which can be designed to meet your storage needs and style. When your guests need to sleep, the mattress will slide out with the touch of a button. It’s the effortless way to add a bed to virtually any room in your house.
Beyond providing a cozy place to sleep, you can easily add a few more comforts of home. Place extra toiletries, such as all of the travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, as well as pillows and blankets in your hall linen closet.