Above, an inspiring guest room design by Brian J. McCarthy, via House Beautiful.

Many of us have that extra room we keep for our overnight guests. Yet, many of us decorate our guest bedrooms as an afterthought, using a mix of whatever furniture we didn’t need in the more frequently-used areas in our home. Whether you host guests occasionally or every weekend, here are a few tips for creating a welcoming retreat that’s inviting, yet entirely functional.

Maximize Space With a Sofa Bed

Sleeper Sofa

If you don’t have overnight guests often, you might also use your guest room as an office. A sofa bed perfectly fits the dual-purpose, offering an extra space to sit and accommodating guests when needed. We love the Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa by Avery Boardman. The tufted back adds stylish detail that you don’t usually see in a sofa bed. (We also love the streamlined shape, which also sets it apart from traditional overstuffed sofa bed designs.)

Try Twin Beds (or a Daybed)


Popular in the ’40s and ’50s, the idea of having two twin beds in a guest room has been making a comeback with designers (like Brian J. McCarthy, whose guest room is shown at the top of this story). Instead of using nightstands on either side of the bed (which will take up unnecessary space), place a single larger table in between the beds. A petite daybed is another “vintage” idea that works brilliantly for smaller guest rooms. We like the Hanna Daybed by Oly Studio, for its elegant shape and exquisite details.

Expand Storage Options


You want to make sure your guests have a place to put their belongings. May we suggest this Baker Traditional Wooden Cabinet designed by Jacques Garcia? With two spacious drawers on the bottom, the top can be used to accommodate a televison or extra storage.

Add Bedside Tables (But Don’t Forget a Reading Lamp)

Nightstand Collage

A bedside table, where guests can charge their phone or place a carafe of water, is important. The Henreden Rinehart Nightstand designed by Celerie Kemble is perfect. Its stunning “lacquered burned sugar” colored leather has a rich depth that makes this piece a standout. The spacious interior has adjustable shelves to configure different ways, ensuring your guests’ needs will be met. Add a lamp for reading in bed, such as this beautiful White Petal Lamp from the Jan Showers Collection.

Bring In Seating


Last, but not least, make sure you provide a place to sit. This beautiful and comfortable chair, the Hans Armchair & Ottoman by Directional, provides seating and a place to put your feet up.

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