Having a guest room with a full-size bed is a nice luxury, but for most of us lucky enough to have a spare room, that room needs to serve several purposes at once. Frequently the guest room is the home office too, or the exercise room, or maybe a family room for casual lounging with books and TV and toys. When you're trying to address so many different needs in a single space, it's tough to make allowances for a giant bed. Which is why a daybed
is often the next best thing...True, having a daybed for guests does limit the sleeping options. Most daybeds, of course, aren't big enough for two. But if your guests are commonly single travelers—a parent, or a college-age kid home from school, or a couch-surfing friend—then the daybed is a great solution. You can always keep the dreaded (gasp!) airbed in a closet in case you end up with a crowd.
Here are some images for inspiration:
• 1 - A cozy guest room and den from luvdecor on Decorpad.
• 2 - Comfy home office and guest room in one from designer Mae Brunken on Design*Sponge.
• 3 - A daybed/window seat in a walk-in closet (!!) from Domino. Perfect for curling up with a book when your home is guest-free.
• 4 - Martha Stewart shows how a daybed can provide a nice place for family time when it's not being used for guest quarters.
• 5 - Another day bed and den from PointClickHome.
• 6 - Coburn Architecture uses a daybed in a long, narrow TV room that doubles as guest quarters.
• 7 - This sunny office from House to Home is a perfect place to work, and with tidy storage solutions, guests won't feel unsettled by all your paperwork. The opposite side of the memo board in this photo is actually a mirror guests can use.
• 8 - Nicole from Making it Lovely chose a daybed from CB2 for her guest room. That rug would feel great on the feet in the morning.
Does your guest room do double-duty? How do you make it work?