Monday, December 15, 2014

Squeeze In Some Guest Space

It's the holidays which means you might be welcoming overnight guests.  If you live away from family and friends you may have chosen a home that has a separate guest room, knowing you'd be having guests from time to time.

But what if you don't have any extra space?  Perhaps that one extra child came along and took the spare bedroom.  Or you started working from home and that spare room is now your cluttered office.  Or maybe you're planning to host the entire family and not just Grandma and Grandpa.

Whatever the reason, you may find yourself in need of some extra beds for your guests and you don't want to subject your family and friends to that "bar in the middle of the back" hide away bed in your couch.  Check out some of these great ideas on squeezing out some much needed guest space for the holidays.

Murphy Beds

You've heard us say it before, but we love murphy beds.  They offer a comfy bed for your guest, but tuck away into beautiful cabinetry when everyone goes home.  Look for spaces in your home where you can incorporate a murphy bed.  Offices, craft rooms, recreation rooms, basements and even hallways can provide a great spot for a murphy bed.

Slide Out Beds

Another option is to create a slide out bed system.   This could be as simple as adding a trundle bed to your kids room.  Or you can go with a more elaborate system. You'll need to have a space that will work with it, but if you do, hiding a bed for your guests will be a breeze.

Window Seats

I'm a sucker for a good window seat.  And when that seat can transform into a bed with the addition of a couple of blankets, then I'm sold!  Check out these great spaces.  Who wouldn't want to sleep there?

Built-In Beds

Find any extra space you have and build in a bed or even bunk beds for extra sleeping space.  Look for wide hallways, spaces under the stairs, attic dormers, lofts, or just about anywhere.  Use a little creativity and see what you can come up with.

Maximize Your Guest Room

Okay, so maybe you do have a guest room.  Why not maximize the space so that you can fit a lot of people.  Give them each a curtain and a light so they can have some privacy.  A noise machine might be very beneficial in spaces like these as well!

Source:  Michelle Schwake for Stafford Family Realtors

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