With work-from-home trends continuing, many people are turning to contemporary home office solutions. But since it’s rare to have enough space for a separate home office and guest bedroom, merging a guest bedroom with an at-home office is now a popular solution.
Designing a space for both work and sleep can be a challenge, but with some clever home office guest room ideas, you can create a functional room that works for both. In this blog, we’ll share our favorite office and guest room design ideas to help you maximize your space.
1. Take Advantage of Natural Light
When designing a multipurpose room, keeping the room light and open can be tricky. Luckily, natural light can make even the smallest space look bigger than it actually is.
To maximize the natural light in your space, avoid blocking windows with furniture. Instead, use curtains to control the amount of light in the room. Or, consider putting up sheer curtains, which filter light and offer some privacy while still letting light into your space.
2. Use Window Treatments to Change the Ambiance
For a home office and guest room, you need to customize the space based on what you need right now. But while bright natural light is excellent for the workday, it’s not exactly ideal for sleep.
By installing window treatments, you can easily control the atmosphere for what you need.
Consider hanging up two layers of curtains, like a set of sheer curtains and a set of blackout curtains that allow you to quickly change your environment.
With Kwik-Hang’s easy-install, damage-free curtain rod brackets, you can quickly add window treatments to any room. Just align the brackets to your window frame, tap them in with a hammer and hang up your curtains — no drilling needed. The brackets hold up to 20 pounds, so they’re safe for households with kids and pets, and they can support everything from light sheer curtains to heavy velvet draperies.
3. Invest in Multifunctional Furniture
Naturally, a multipurpose space that combines a home office and guest room needs a lot of functionality to work well. So when furnishing your home office/guest room, think about how furniture can help you make the most of your space.
For example, a sleeper sofa is an excellent option for a combined office guest space, especially if you live in a rental. You can use the sofa to relax or take calls while you’re working, then open it into a sofa bed when you have guests, all without changing your room layout.
4. Consider Installing Built-In Storage
If you want to invest in your home office and guest room, built-in storage might be the best solution. Rather than taking up precious floor space with bulky cabinets, built-in storage frees you from the limits of your room layout.
Although custom-built storage space can be costly, it enables you to customize your spare room to your exact needs. You can add bookshelves, cabinets, drawers, cubbies and more so you can store everything you need for both work and guests, all in one room.
5. Add a Murphy Bed
A Murphy bed is one of the most popular home office guest room ideas — and for good reason. Because a Murphy bed is stored vertically on your wall, you can save space while still having a full- or queen-sized bed available for overnight guests. Just make sure you have enough clearance to bring the Murphy bed down while still leaving some space to move around the room.
6. Coordinate Your Furniture
Combining a home office and guest room into one space can often lead to a room that feels smaller than it is. To avoid this, coordinate the furniture in the room to create a cohesive space.
But that doesn’t mean you need to invest in an expensive matching set of furniture. Instead, focus on coordinating colors and materials. For example, you can find pieces in similar tones, like light-stained wood or a single color, to unify your design elements.
7. Replace the Nightstand With a Desk
For smaller home office and guest room spaces, you might not have enough room for all the furniture you want. In areas like this, we recommend skipping the nightstand and placing a desk near the bed. This is an ideal solution if you have limited space or a tight budget, especially if you don’t need a huge desk for your home office.
8. Try a Wall-Mounted Desk
If you’re really tight on space, consider installing a wall-mounted desk. This allows you to have as much desk space as you need while taking up minimal floor space. Many wall-mounted desks come with shelves that provide extra room for storage and organization. When you don’t need the desk anymore, simply close it up and enjoy the open space.
To save even more space, replace a traditional office chair with a stool that you can tuck away or even an armchair that you leave in the room for guests.
Try Kwik-Hang to Bring Your Home Office and Guest Room Ideas to Life
When designing your home office and guest room, there are a lot of design elements and logistics to keep in mind. With Kwik-Hang, you can rest easy knowing that you can install our no-drill curtain rod brackets in minutes without damaging your walls.
All you have to do is place the Kwik-Hang bracket on your window frame, tap it in with a hammer and hang up your curtains — no screws and no holes in your wall.
To hang the perfect curtains for your home office guest room, try Kwik-Hang today!