details,” Lippert says.
Because this room is only used occasionally, it can serve double duty — as a home office, for example. If this kind of dualpurpose room is in your future, Salant offers this advice: “Carefully plan where your computer workstation will go. Keep your printer and bookcases near the computer, and position your monitor to avoid screen glare. Use high-quality office furnishings; if you work from home, you’ll spend a considerable amount of time here so make yourself comfortable.”
Kylloe elaborates on the homeoffice theme. “Place the guest room/home office far from the main living quarters to avoid excess noise and disturbances. Keep in mind that an office with a great view can be distracting, but balance this fact with what you’ll want guests to see when they visit.”
“Make a guest room/home office long and narrow; this allows a bed on one end to face the view window, and it provides enough space for a freestanding table and chair on the other,” Carr adds. “The table, which can be used for doing paperwork, should have 3 feet of clearance on all sides. Bulky furniture such as computer stations should go along walls that don’t offer a view.”