HM Buying Guide: How to Make a Multipurpose Guest Room

multipurpose guest room Homemakers Furniture

Giving your guest room a purpose, aside from being a room that’s used occasionally when you host guests, will help you get the most out of your home. We’ll help you create a multipurpose guest room without creating clutter or adding too much unnecessary furniture into the room.

When creating a multipurpose guest room, keep these elements in mind: multi-functional furniture, incorporated storage and minimalism.

Multifunctional Furniture = More Options

Furniture doesn’t always only have one purpose. A desk is a desk. It’s used in an office. BUT what else can it be used for? Use your imagination and think of other ways a desk could be utilized. Doing this with all of your furniture will allow you to create more space in any room. Since we’re focusing on multipurpose guest rooms, let’s chat about that.

Bed benches add storage and seating to your guest room. Find one with drawers and lift-tops and you can use it to store pillows, blankets, sheets and so much more! Store stuffed animals if your guest room doubles as a nursery. Save the space for your guests’ belongings or place your out-of-season shoes or clothes in there. Whatever you decide to use it for, bed benches are a great way to add seating, storage and style to your guest room.

You can place a desk between two twin size beds to function as a nightstand for your guest and as a desk when the room is being used as an office! With your desk, use chairs that can be easily stored underneath it, somewhere discreet, or can be used as something else within the room. A desk chair can also be used as a place to set blankets and pillows for your guests to use.

For a guest room that is also a nursery, a rocking chair can serve as a cozy place for your guests to read or watch Netflix, along with being used as a nursery rocker.

Futons and daybeds are optimal choices for a multipurpose guest room when you want more seating options during gatherings and, of course, are also cozy beds.

Storage = More Space

A bed with incorporated storage will help you utilize every inch of space in your guest room. Using furniture for storage, as well as for its original purpose, leaves more room in the closets and other corners of the room for a crib, bookshelves or whatever furniture you need for your guest room’s second purpose.

Bookshelves and nightstands are helpful ways to add large amounts of storage in a small space. Nightstands can add extra shelves or drawers for your guests’ nighttime necessities and bookshelves make a great addition for office and library storage without taking up too much floor space.

Minimalism = Less Clutter

Keep decorations to a minimum. Each part of your multipurpose room is valuable. Lamps and alarm clocks are always helpful, but aside from that, try keep the décor on the walls as much as possible. Think about how necessary each thing in the room is.

Beds, benches, chairs, futons, desks… These are all pieces of furniture that can help create a minimalistic, open space in your guest room whether it’s also used as an office, nursery, storage room or anything else!

Shop Multipurpose Guest Room Furniture

Shop Beds & Headboards

Ashley Bostwick Shoals Queen Storage Bed  Homemakers Furniture

Ashley Bostwick Shoals Queen Storage Bed

If you want a traditional style guest room, this bed has not only a classic, clean style, it has two drawers at the foot of the bed for storage. Having the drawers on the foot of the bed means you can place the bed against a wall and place a nightstand or end table next to it. This is great for tight spaces or rooms that have more than one use. The simple white color will make your room look clean and simple, which will help the room feel less cluttered and more open.

Shop Daybeds & Futons

Hillsdale Furniture Montgomery Daybed Homemakers Furniture

Hillsdale Furniture Montgomery Daybed

If you’re expecting multiple people or you want to add more seating to your room, a daybed with a trundle is the way to go. A daybed/trundle combo is a versatile option for a guest room. Not only is it a bed, but it has another bed underneath (that easily can be hidden away during the times it’s not being used) and it makes a stylish couch. This daybed has a sleigh design, faux leather upholstery and a dark tone, making it easy to pair with any existing furniture and style in your guest room.

Shop Desks & Desk Chairs

Whalen LLC Fairport Writing Desk with 2 Stools Homemakers Furniture

Whalen LLC Fairport Writing Desk with 2 Stools

With two easily stored stools, this desk is perfect for a guest room. It includes two drop-front drawers, wire access ports and a built-in power strip with AC outlets and USB ports, making it a perfect spot for an alarm clock, phone chargers and a lamp. All of these things make this piece useful as both a desk and a nightstand.

Bookshelves, Nightstands & Bed Benches

Whittier Wood McKensize Bookcase Piers Homemakers Furniture

Whittier Wood McKenzie Bookcase Piers (Set of 2)

These bookcase piers are great in a guest room if you’re using your guest room as a library or storage room as well. Leave a shelf open for your guests, and use the rest for books or office supplies.

What tips and tricks have you used for your multipurpose guest room? Let us know!


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