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25 Versatile Home Offices That Double as Gorgeous Guest Rooms

With space becoming an absolute premium in modern homes, the decision to combine the guestroom with the home office is indeed a smart one. Whether you have a guest bedroom that is rarely used or a home office with some additional space, utilizing a single room in more ways than one requires both careful planning and a dash of creativity. Getting this accomplished, though, is a lot easier than it sounds, and we are here today with 25 delightful inspirations that will surely provide you with a clever template for your home office-guestroom.

The guest room-office combo is not just about putting a desk and bed together in a single space. It is all about creating a stylish, ergonomic and carefully curated environment where both settings feel perfectly at home. And you will be pleasantly surprised at how many of these rooms can even pull off ‘triple duty’ with ease!

Unleash the Murphy Bed!

When it comes to space-savers in multipurpose rooms, few come close to the ergonomic brilliance of the classic Murphy bed. From being a dorm room staple to serving with panache in a small contemporary bedroom, the Murphy bed is a timeless addition that is all about multi-tasking. A home office with a Murphy bed that folds away is obviously the perfect solution for those who wish to build a lovely guest bedroom. Unlike other smaller beds that are only good for a single night’s stay, a home office with a large Murphy bed can play host to friends and family for a longer duration.

Gorgeous guest bedroom that also serves as home office [Design: Erica Islas / EMI Interior Design]
Gorgeous guest bedroom that also serves as home office [Design: Erica Islas / EMI Interior Design]
Home office with custom bed design that folds away [Design: Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets]
Home office with custom bed design that folds away [Design: Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets]
Lovely lighting adds to the ambiance of the home office and guestroom
Lovely lighting adds to the ambiance of the home office and guestroom

Modern Murphy beds come in a wide array of shapes and forms, and many of them are part of larger wall units that feature built-in shelves, cabinets and lighting options. This is a great look for the home office-guest room, as it brings additional storage and display space that can be utilized to better organize your files and office supplies.

Contemporary home office with a Murphy bed
Contemporary home office with a Murphy bed
Murphy bed is an easy add-on for the home office guestroom [Design: Closets For Life]
Murphy bed is an easy add-on for the home office guestroom [Design: Closets For Life]
Smart home office with a Murphy bed for guests [From: Tailored Living]
Smart home office with a Murphy bed for guests [From: Tailored Living]
Home office with a hidden bed and ample storage space [Design: Bayview Design Group Australia]
Home office with a hidden bed and ample storage space [Design: Bayview Design Group Australia]
Turn that additional bedroom into home office and guestroom [Design: Studio Z Architecture]
Turn that additional bedroom into home office and guestroom [Design: Studio Z Architecture]

Small-Space Wonders

Have a really small spare room with ultra-limited space? Not to worry, as even this can be turned into a beautiful home office and guest bedroom with the right approach. Once again, it is the fold-out bed that is the king here, and instead of the larger, vertical Murphy bed designs, you can opt for sleeker models that fold out horizontally. This way, you really do not need a lot of vertical space as well, and even the tiniest room in the attic can serve both as a functional home office and a relaxing guest room. Speaking of attics, for rooms with an attic nook, a simple ladder and a cozy, hidden getaway nestled atop is perfect for your young friends and guests!

Scandinavian home office and guest bedroom idea [From: Holly Marder]
Scandinavian home office and guest bedroom idea [From: Holly Marder]
Guest bedroom and home office with ample shelf space [Design: Raad Studio]
Guest bedroom and home office with ample shelf space [Design: Raad Studio]
A fun climb for your guests! [Photography: Lucy Call]
A fun climb for your guests! [Photography: Lucy Call]

Do not focus on the sleeping option alone, as work desks that fold away, floating shelves that make the most of every available corner and hidden cabinets that aid in keeping the space organized and uncluttered are also equally vital. When it comes to small guestroom-home office combos, less is indeed more.

Small bed for the home office that folds away into the wall [Design: Ample DESIGN]
Small bed for the home office that folds away into the wall [Design: Ample DESIGN]
Trendy home office and guest bedroom idea with the bed that disappears when not needed [Design: Louis Lau]
Trendy home office and guest bedroom idea with the bed that disappears when not needed [Design: Louis Lau]
Small home office transformed into a cool guest room [Design: Sarah Fortescue Designs]
Small home office transformed into a cool guest room [Design: Sarah Fortescue Designs]
Make use of the corner space inside the home office [From: Adrienne DeRosa Photography]
Make use of the corner space inside the home office [From: Adrienne DeRosa Photography]
Industrial style mezzanine guest room is simple and stylish [Design: Kirkwood McCarthy]
Industrial style mezzanine guest room is simple and stylish [Design: Kirkwood McCarthy]

Finding the Right Bed

Not happy with the Murphy bed option? Want a more modern and trendier look for the guest room? Then why not try out a plethora of uber-cool daybeds, settee beds and other custom creations that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional. Picking a classy, contemporary transformable Murphy bed over a sofa system is a clever compromise that will allow you to use the same piece of furniture as a seating option for the home office and as a relaxing bed once you want to turn it into a guestroom. Many of these daybeds and transformable sofa systems work seamlessly and add to the style quotient of your home with their chic design.

Ample space for overnight guests with daybeds in the home office [Design: justin long design]
Ample space for overnight guests with daybeds in the home office [Design: justin long design]
Custom made trundle bed for the home office [Design: Tamalpais Construction Company]
Custom made trundle bed for the home office [Design: Tamalpais Construction Company]
Fabulous sleeper sofa in purple and sconce lighting for the guest bedroom [Design: Cindy Ray Interiors]
Fabulous sleeper sofa in purple and sconce lighting for the guest bedroom [Design: Cindy Ray Interiors]
Traditional home office turned into a gorgeous guestroom [Design: Robert Frank / Carolyn Reyes Photography]
Traditional home office turned into a gorgeous guestroom [Design: Robert Frank / Carolyn Reyes Photography]
Custom-built bunk beds for the home office [Design: Caden Design Group]
Custom-built bunk beds for the home office [Design: Caden Design Group]
Upholstered daybed for the contemporary home office [From: Michael Kelley Photography]
Upholstered daybed for the contemporary home office [From: Michael Kelley Photography]

Decor & Lighting

When it comes to home offices that do double and triple duty, the focus is obviously on utilization of space and multitasking. But let this not become the sole consideration and plan for the room just like you would in the case of the bedroom or the living space. Add a TV and an entertainment console to give it a pleasant, more casual vibe. This might even allow you to turn the home office-guestroom into a family room as well! Lighting is another key aspect, and you will need an intelligent blend of ambient and focused lighting so that your home office does not feel dark and moody.

Guestroom, TV room and home office rolled into one with panache [Design: Ashley Bell Interiors]
Guestroom, TV room and home office rolled into one with panache [Design: Ashley Bell Interiors]
Glam home office design with daybed for guests [Design: Shirley Meisels]
Glam home office design with daybed for guests [Design: Shirley Meisels]
Brick walls bring vintage touch to the contemporary home office [From: Increation]
Brick walls bring vintage touch to the contemporary home office [From: Increation]
Minimal and modern decor for the guestroom home office [Design: Baran Studio Architecture]
Minimal and modern decor for the guestroom home office [Design: Baran Studio Architecture]
Contemporary guest bedroom idea with a dedicated workstation [Design: Pure Style by Jerry Bussanmas]
Contemporary guest bedroom idea with a dedicated workstation [Design: Pure Style by Jerry Bussanmas]
Spacious home office and guest room with fabulous views [Design: Eduarda Correa Arquitetura & Interiores]
Spacious home office and guest room with fabulous views [Design: Eduarda Correa Arquitetura & Interiores]

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