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The Guest Room-Office Combo: 5 Tips to Make the Most of a Small Space

Bright Home Office and Guest RoomIf you are like most people, you do not have a lot of extra space in your single-family Midtown rental home. While you’re not employing your guest room as a guest room, it can be difficult to know what to do about it. Rather than allowing the room to sit empty, why not turn it into an office? Still, combining a guest room and an office can be a real challenge, especially if the room is small. Here are five suggestions about how to make the most out of your guest room/office combination!


Think Non-Traditional

Even though your guest room needs to have a bed, your office almost certainly doesn’t. So, get creative with your furniture! A sofa sleeper, Murphy bed, or futon can easily do double duty in a guest room and workspace. Likewise, unless you have enough room for a traditional desk, try using a small table or a bookshelf as your workspace.


Convert for Improved Functionality

If your guest room has a closet, consider converting it to a built-in workspace that you can close off when the visitors arrive. This is especially helpful if you don’t have a separate guest room and office. Just add a few shelves, a desk, and some good lighting, and you are all set!


Store with Décor

One more essential thing to consider in a combined guest room/office is storage. If you are utilizing the room as an office, you’ll need somewhere to store all your office supplies. An efficient approach to do this is to invest in attractive storage containers that can double as decoration. This is the way, if you don’t use the room as an office, the storage containers won’t be an eyesore for your guests.


Make it Comfortable

Even if you intend to make your guest room comfortable for your guests, you will still need to create a space that works for you. It is essential to make certain that your guest room/office combo is a space that you feel comfortable working in. If it is too cluttered or messy, you’ll not want to spend any time in there! So take a while to declutter and organize the area until it feels like a place you can focus and be beneficial.


Light It Up

Another important way to combine a guest room and an office is to make use of natural light. Keep light sources open to help brighten dark corners and offer excellent light for your work sessions. This would help make the space feel more open and airy, and also can be good for your productivity levels. If you don’t have a lot of natural light, consider investing in some quality task lighting to help brighten things up. Your guest will be able to appreciate a light and airy room to stay in!

It’s easy to turn your guest room/office combo into a functional and stylish space that you and your guests will enjoy! Who’s to know, you may even find that you end up using it more as an office than a guest room. One way or another, it is an excellent way to make the most out of a small space.


Of course, if you’ve outgrown your current rental house, it may be time to upgrade to something larger. We have a range of wonderful rental listings taken care of by local Midtown property managers who have your best interest in mind. Browse our listings online today!

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