Do you need an extra guest room in your home? Here are some creative ideas and inspiration to turn an office into a guest room with this simple tip.

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Okay, y’all.

Y’ALL.

I have been waiting so patiently to show you this post.

And if you know me—patient is not even in my vocabulary.

Here’s the background for this post. We have made some changes here at the house recently with everything that’s going on in our world right now. We have extra chicks that have moved home to the nest because college moved online for the semester.

All the chicks were home and we needed SPACE.

It truly helps when everyone in the house has a little piece of space that they can call their own. So we moved work stations and created an area for everyone to call their own. Part of the transition was that we moved my oldest son into the office. This office is downstairs off of the entryway (you can see how it fits into the flow of the house in this post). It has its own bathroom and more importantly, it has privacy and it’s own space.

(total aside: I think that’s the fourth time I’ve used space in this post—it must be pretty important.)

And here’s the best part.

Turning an office into a guest room is so easy.

All you need is this simple tip.

Let’s start with the layout of the room and a few changes I made.

The office is a SUPER awkward layout.

There’s a fireplace in one corner and a small built-in on one wall and a bay window on the other side.

You can see the before here to give you a better idea of where we started in this space.

It’s been a journey, but I finally figured out that my father’s desk needed to go on this side with two chairs in front of it.

Here’s a view of the other side of the room so you can see what’s on this side.

See the fireplace in the corner and the built-in just to the left.

I started updating the space with this rug.

It’s one of my favorite rugs EVER.

And we both know how much I love a good rug.

SERIOUSLY.

This rug is an 8′ x 10″ and it comes in blue, too. I ordered the tan. It is so thick that I didn’t even need to add a rug pad.

The pattern is woven into the top and layered and literally looks SO MUCH more expensive than it is.

You can see it here.

Then I added a set of these chairs.

I had been looking for a darker chair for the office with a little more subtle texture, but everything was so expensive.

And then?

I found these. These chairs have tufted backs and wood feet and nailhead trim with a beautiful faux leather material that looks so rustic and authentic.

Wait until you see the price.

But are you shaking your head at me and asking:

“The guest room, KariAnne, the guest room. How do you make it into a guest room?”

I’m so happy that you asked.

Because that my wonderful, amazing, incredible awesome friend?

That is the BEST PART OF THE ENTIRE ROOM.

See that white cabinet?

It’s a miracle worker.

All you have to do is move the chairs to the side.

Lift the very front of the cabinet up.

There’s a little piece that swings up on hinges.

Then grab the handles on the front.

Pull open the doors.

AND THERE’S A BED INSIDE.

I know, right?

Can you even believe it?

Did I fool you with the cabinet?

It’s so easy to operate.

There’s a handle on the top of the bed.

You grab the handle and pull down.

And the full-size bed comes down.

Wait.

Can we look at it just one more time?

From this.

To this.

Here are all the details on the bed in a cabinet.

It comes in a queen, too, and it’s the perfect way to turn any room into a guest room.

My son has been sleeping on it for a while and he said it’s comfortable and when he folds it up and puts it away in the cabinet every night? It gives him so much space in the room.

Oh, wait.

Space.

I said it again.

I can’t help it. I’ve decided that space is a lot like time.

You can never have enough of it. 🙂

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Comments

  1. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Oh. My. Goodness. This is the best idea EVER!!! I have two bedrooms that need an extra bed for grands when they come. How amazing is that?!!!! I am in love. Thanks so much for ALWAYS inspiring and having the best ideas!! Happy Thursday, friend!!!

  2. Image for Carrie Carrie

    We've been thinking about a Murphy Bed and are torn between a full size height one and the lower one you show! How hard was it to put together? A murphy bed is such a great option for dual purposing a room!!

  3. Image for david david

    I think this could lead to having my in-laws stay here......decisions, decisions... Actually, that's a pretty elegant and practical solution to a problem I've been having here at Cheltenham Road. I will have to check that piece out. Thanks so much!

  4. Image for Jeanine Jeanine

    This is fantastic! I will tuck this little bit of info away for the future! I pasted along this info to my daughter and her husband, as well. :) Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

  5. Image for CherylB CherylB

    Girl you are amazing !?! On this rainy Thursday ... my husband is demo- ing (?!) my outdated KITCHEN!!!! He’s got my new cabinets built !!! Yay for NEW KITCHENS!!!!! Cheryl n KY

  6. Image for Sharon Smith Sharon Smith

    That is fabulous! Perfect size and so great for extra sleeping! You are once again a genius! Thank you for always sharing your ideas with all of us!

  7. Image for Mary S Mary S

    oh my gosh! A miniature Murphy Bed in a cabinet... Who woulda thunk that? It's genious. Hmmm.... thinking about my house right now. Thank you pretty lady. You are full of great ideas - always!

  8. Image for Nancy Nancy

    I love this room. Here is why. It combines gorgeous traditional pieces of the past with practical, light colored items. The low Murphy bed is, of course, just the thing for the guest room part. But it is still the rest of the room that speaks most to me. It is neutral without being boring (again rescued by the furniture). Those chairs and rug are gorgeous - I agree. Gold star on your head KariAnne!

  9. Image for Richella J. Parham Richella J. Parham

    This, KariAnne, is absolutely amazing. First, the chairs. The price is crazy! Wow. But that Murphy bed? Wow wow wow. Even in the queen size it's so reasonably priced. Thanks for sharing another great idea!

  10. Image for Rev. Suzanne Taylor Rev. Suzanne Taylor

    I would love to live in a room that looks like that. Elegant, practical and comfortable all at once. You batted this one over the fence!

  11. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    I love this idea,should have known you would come up with something i hadn't ever thought of. Thanks and have a blessed day.

  12. Image for Connie Connie

    Such a neat idea for guest. It looks great in the cabinet which can be styled with neat accessories. Love your new chairs and the rug. Must feel different to have all your family home at this time.

  13. Image for Kim Demmon Kim Demmon

    That room is perfect! I love how you kept to only the natural wood tones for your color. Brilliant of course. And the extra bed! We need one so bad. I've been looking at murphy beds, but this may be a better idea!

  14. Image for Susan Susan

    Brilliant! I am pinning that idea for future use. I LOVE the rug in that room. It's just amazing the change from the before to the after of the office. Just perfect!

  15. Image for Marty Marty

    This is amazing. What a fabulous idea and it is so compact. It's nice for everyone to have their own space, otherwise we will all go crazy.

  16. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    WOW. That is so awesome!!!!!!!!! Greatest Murphy bed idea I have ever seen!!!! Well done, KA. Bet your son is happy! As happy as he can be during this terrible time of quarantine!

  17. Image for Beth Y Beth Y

    I LOVE that rug! The price....holy cow! I have paid more than that at Wal-Mart for a rug!! I also LOVE the fold-up bed idea!! It is such a pretty piece. You would never know a bed was inside.

  18. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Oh MY! Can't believe there is a bed in that slender cabinet! If its comfortable that would be a game changer. BTW I have that rug in the blue and completely made my room- in love! Now on to check out those chairs!

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