The home office/guest room hybrid is a common way to maximize your square footage. You need a place where you can get work done in your home that doubles as a guest room when you have company. It’s a great idea, but when it’s executed poorly, instead of a multi-purpose room that’s welcoming for your company and a place where you can concentrate and work, you get a room that isn’t very good at either.
Too often, the office/guest room combination leads to a guest room that’s too barren and sterile and a home office that’s too cluttered to concentrate and effectively get to work. It can be a bit of a balancing act, but with these furniture and design tips, you’ll pull it off in style.
Start with the Desk
If you do a lot of work from home, you don’t want to compromise when it comes to your desk, but you will want to avoid those massive bureaus that will take up half the room. Find something that’s comfortable but economizes on space. Solid wood or wood tones also help keep the room warm and welcoming. Metal will come off as cold and unfriendly.
The last thing your guest room needs is a filing cabinet, so you may need to get creative when it comes to storage. A desk with cabinets might be too big and clunky for the room, but a bookshelf might be a more welcoming alternative. If you have boxes full of files, consider a wood cabinet or hidden storage where you can tuck them away out of sight.
Murphy Beds may be the first thing to come to mind, but they can be a lot for some homeowners. Instead, a new sofa bed for your guest room might be the perfect way to switch between office and guest room. With a sofa bed, you can turn it back into a sofa when guests aren’t around. Beds can feel messy in an office, but with a sofa, you have a relaxing place to take a break, read a book, or chat on the phone. Your home office doesn’t have to be all about work – it can just be your space to get away from it all for a couple of hours.
Skip the office window treatments like venetian blinds, or at the very least invest in some high-quality, colorful blinds, not the white ones that will remind you of going to the dentist. While you work, you’re going to want to let the light shine in. Lighter curtains are a great compromise that will make the room feel both homey and professional when you draw them back.
All it takes to design a home office that doubles as a guest room where your guests will really feel welcome is some smart decorating choices. The right desk, sofa bed, curtains, and storage solutions will make it comfortable for your guests without distracting you at work.