Build It on a Budget: Makeshift Guest Room

Build It on a Budget: Makeshift Guest Room

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Vanessa Londono
Apr 5, 2017
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Living in New York City comes with a few concessions. You don't pick people up at the airport and guest rooms are nonexistent. When real estate is at a premium, very seldom do people have square footage to spare for the occasional visitor. Air mattresses and pullout sofas, as uncomfortable as they are, do offer a tolerable solution. Below are some options that offer your guests a hospitable experience for under $1,150. Some of these items do double duty in your everyday decor, making the purchase a sound investment.

Stowaway Guest Bed

The older I get the less I enjoy a restless night of sleep on a half deflated air bag. The all-natural cotton Stowaway guest bed looks like an ideal alternative. Also called Shikibutons, these mattresses bi-fold and tri-fold roll up for easy storage. Straps sewn on to the cover require less wrestling than a sleeping bag. These mattress pads are three inches thick of cotton free of dyes, perfumes and formaldehyde. Available on Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $515.

Sarried Style Brass Clad Chest

I've never met a vintage trunk I didn't like. However I am particular fond of this unique brass chest. It has a door and drawers, making it easy to access whatever you throw in it. Keep extra pillows and a few blankets stashed inside that your guest can use. In the morning, they can tidy up so you're not stumbling over a tangle of linens. The small footprint (32 inches by 18 inches) makes it easy to tuck into a corner. There is some wear and age but the doors and drawers operate properly. Available on Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $475.

Mid-Century Inspired Bruno Floor Lamp


An overnight guest doesn't really need much but it's nice to offer a few accommodations to make their stay more enjoyable. This Bruno floor lamp has two adjustable lights so your guest can use it as a bedside lamp while they read or scroll through Instagram. It's almost new but has an aged look to it and the half chrome bulbs add to the Mid-Century appeal. Available on Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $150.

If you have extra funds to make your home more welcoming, these items offer a little some extra to your visitors. Just be warned they may never want to leave.

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