Real Room Inspiration: Nursery Plus Guest Room Dual-Purpose Spaces

Real Room Inspiration: Nursery Plus Guest Room Dual-Purpose Spaces

Carrie McBride
Oct 25, 2015

Congratulations - everyone wants to visit you and the baby! The only problem is the baby took over your former guest room. Take a look at these real rooms that stylishly serve as both a nursery and a guest room and let them inspire a similar dual-purpose room in your home.

Emily (also top image) used her baby's arrival to give her guest room a complete baby-friendly overhaul. She tucked the twin bed into the corner, repainted the walls a fresh white and sweetened up the decor.

Molly had already done a big transformation on this bedroom, going from light yellow and tan neutrals to these dramatic navy walls. When she needed to turn it into a nursery she added some colorful accents, white furniture and, of course some baby books and toys.

(Image credit: Heather S.)

Heather chose a narrow color palette of black, white and yellow for her son's small bedroom which also needed to function as a guest room.

Sienna's small room in Germany includes a daybed which is great for reading, but does double duty as a guest bed when it's pulled out to its full size.

"Bean" Takes Over the Guest Room on Apartment Therapy
(Image credit: Reading with Bean)

Similar to the daybed idea above, these parents put a sofa that pulls out into a bed into their daughter's nursery for guests to use.

My Room: Emily on Apartment Therapy
(Image credit: Karen C.)

Adding a futon to Emily's room means the family can accommodate visiting grandparents.

Eleanor's room looks like a beautiful B&B with mostly neutral colors and soothing minty green curtains.

This room, featured on Project Nursery, has a sophisticated woodland theme for a baby boy's shared nursery/guest room. The baby's mom stuck mostly to black and white and added orange accents to warm it up.

Each time we write about nursery/guest rooms readers wonder how this works in practice when someone is visiting. In most cases, the baby sleeps in a portable crib (like a Pack 'n Play) in the parents' bedroom. As kids get older they may sleep on cushions or sleeping bags in the parents' bedroom or even the living room.

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