Daybeds for Double-Duty Guest Rooms

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:

FIRST ROW

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.

SECOND ROW

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?

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