Whether you live in a single-family home or a condo in the city, you likely need room to host guests overnight from time to time. Rather than asking them to spend money on a hotel or subjecting them to the unique hell that is a sleeper sofa or air mattress, you could accommodate them in your own home with a space-saving Murphy bed.
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.
We buy a house to have more space. To have a dwelling we can call our own. Ideally, most of us buy homes with enough bedrooms for the whole family. And if we’re lucky, we have an extra room or two for mom’s visit over the holidays or a place for a friend from out of town to stay. The last thing you want to do is force your friends, family, and loved ones to shell out $200 a night to sleep in a hotel nearby when coming over for a visit.
The holidays are right around the corner, which for many of us means that aunts, uncles, parents, cousins and friends might stay a night or two. Without a designated guest room, guests end up sleeping in all kinds of rooms throughout the house on floors, air mattresses and couches. There must be a better solution!
Taking the bed out of the traditional bedroom might sound like a foreign concept, but there are plenty of reasons families and singles alike are choosing to do so more and more often. The problem, though, is that traditional beds don’t always fit with the function of the rooms they must be brought into when coming out of the bedroom, which is why it’s important to look for options that allow the space to function as needed during the day and then bringing out the bed at night.