How to cre­ate ex­tra space in your home for guests


Home­own­ers who en­joy en­ter­tain­ing fre­quently some­times host overnight guests. While many hosts and hostesses have spare bed­rooms for overnight or long-term guests, many oth­ers do not. But those among the lat­ter group will­ing to get a lit­tle creative can find more places for overnight guests to rest their heads.


Liv­ing room or den so­fas can dou­ble as bed­ding for overnight guests. As a short-term so­lu­tion, a night or two on the couch can be com­fort­able enough. Be sure to cover the sofa with freshly laun­dered sheets and pro­vide those ameni­ties one would ex­pect in a guest space. Ac­cess to a tele­vi­sion, a read­ing lamp, a fan for some white noise and a ta­ble on which to place a phone or alarm clock are help­ful to have. Such items will make guests more com­fort­able.

If your liv­ing room or fam­ily room has a door that can be closed, this will help cre­ate more pri­vacy for guests.

Con­vert­ible bed

Mar­keted fre­quently un­der the brand name Mur­phy Bed, con­vert­ible beds can in­cor­po­rate sleep­ing op­tions into rooms with lim­ited space. This fur­ni­ture es­sen­tially is a bed that folds ver­ti­cally or hor­i­zon­tally into a frame. When closed, the bed can look like a dec­o­ra­tive stor­age closet or ar­moire. Some con­vert­ible beds come with book­case ac­ces­sories to ex­pand stor­age space and also make the piece look like a more co­he­sive unit. De­sign­ers also have ex­per­i­mented with th­ese beds, and some trans­form from a desk or even from a low-ly­ing book­shelf or bench into a bed.

Sofa bed or chair

Sofa beds and chairs have a fold-out bed nes­tled be­neath their cush­ions. Depending on the size of the couch, a twin, full or queen-sized bed may be housed within. Sofa beds vary in re­gard to their com­fort lev­els, so prospec­tive hosts should in­ves­ti­gate their op­tions to en­sure guests have the most com­fort­able sleep­ing sit­u­a­tions pos­si­ble. A bed in a couch can turn an of­fice or liv­ing space into a guest sanc­tu­ary in a mat­ter of min­utes. In ad­di­tion, some sofa beds also have ex­tra space built within for stor­ing blan­kets and pil­lows. Many pop­u­lar fur­ni­ture re­tail­ers of­fer couch brands that can be equipped with a bed. And if space is es­pe­cially tight, con­sider a con­vert­ible chair that has a twin-sized bed tucked away.

Bunk beds

Bunk beds may seem like child’s play, but they make great use of ver­ti­cal space. Share a kid’s room with your son or daugh­ter and let the guest take your own bed­room. Oth­er­wise, equip a home of­fice with bunk beds and have two more sleep­ing spa­ces avail­able.

Ac­com­mo­dat­ing guests when you don’t have a guest bed­room can take some cre­ativ­ity, but those will­ing to think out­side the box can find op­tions that don’t com­pro­mise guests‘ com­fort.


In­vest in a sofa bed and you will al­ways have an ex­tra spot for overnight guests to use

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