Guest bedroom ideas to get the most from your space

Guest bedroom ideas? We’ve got plenty; but first, it’s confession time. Despite having lots of cupboard space in my spare bedroom, I would say the bed is probably where most of my folded clean clothes live throughout of the week. (They often don’t even make it to the wardrobes.) Sound familiar? Maybe your guest room doubles as a laundry room, play room, or home office? Well, here are some guest bedroom ideas to take it from messy to marvellous.

a stunning guest bedroom
Slumberland Clima bed set from £759.99, Bensons for Beds.

Sliding doors

Guest bedroom ideas, here we come. Firstly: are you working from home more? Need something better than the dining room table? Borrow some space from your cabinetry in your spare bedroom to create a small desk area. But make sure you can hide it all away at the end of the week so you can switch off properly. And, of course, for when friends and family stay over.

a pretty sofabed for guests
Teddy 2.5-seat Sofabed in Rhubarb smart cotton, £2040,

Go for a sofa bed

One of the best and most flexible ideas for a guest bedroom has to be a good sofa bed: comfy couch during the day, double bed at night. If you are short on space and don’t have a spare room, it’s a good solution for guests in other rooms too. For example, you could easily incorporate a sofa bed into the living room or snug. However, make sure to measure your space first. Then you can determine if there’s enough floor area to pull the bed out and still be able to comfortably move around it.

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Think room dividers

If your room is big enough, create a separation in the centre (just like in the feature image). Clothes can be stored behind it, and the rails will be accessible for guests to use. Then, a storage headboard can be useful for books, a lamp, phone charging points and more, without the need for bedside tables.

a bed with storage underneath
Simplify your scheme and hide away any spare throws and bulky cushions under the Avery double ottoman bed, from £795,

Choose an ottoman bed

Under mine is where all the Christmas jumpers (I have many) and ski gear live, but these are great for putting anything away! From sports equipment to art supplies or bedding. If you don’t want to splash out on a new bed, however, then consider getting a storage bench at the end of your bed. Alternatively, invest in boxes you can slide under the frame.

More guest bedroom ideas

Get crafting

Whatever your craft of choice, be it sewing, knitting, scrapbooking, a dedicated room is ideal for keeping your tools of the trade. And what better place than your spare bedroom? Things to include: a big desk area to get creative. Then you need dedicated storage for all your materials, practical flooring, and storage, storage and more storage. Find more ideas here.

ideas for a luxurious guest bedroom
Scallop-edge bed linen 200-thread-count cotton percale duvet cover in white/pink, £80 for a king size; Milton white bedspread, £120 for a king size; Lyra 100% cotton Petal throw, £90; Melbury king-sized bed in Natural Linen Union, £1550; Sheepskin chair in Pearl, £1100; Henley monochrome rug, £395 for a medium; Tibetan sheepskin single rug in Ivory, £125; Burnham bench in natural, £325; Burnham wide stool, £185; all from The White Company

Quick and easy guest bedroom updates for a lush aesthetic

It doesn’t matter what you use it for. If you make it look beautiful, your spare bedroom will make your guests feel like they’re staying in a 5-star hotel as a result. Get some posh room diffusers, high thread-count sheets, plush pillows and black out curtains for a truly luxe feel.

a stylish guest bathroom
Tadelakt, dating back to ancient Morocco, is a waterproof plaster with antibacterial and antifungal properties, which makes it ideal for bathrooms. Shown here in Little Pink, price on application.

Lastly: don’t forget about the guest bathroom

Just because it’s used less often, it doesn’t mean you can’t create a show-stopping guest bathroom. Friends and family will be more than impressed – and you could escape there, too, if you need to. For example, seeing as storage isn’t really needed in here, opt for open storage. Maximise set-down space to provide areas for washbags and towels, as well as offering plenty of styling opportunities. Get more ideas for the guest bathroom here.

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Feature image: Biface storage headboard, £399, and Lomopi underbed storage basket, £75, La Redoute.

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