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The Guest Room-Office Combo: 5 Tips to Make the Most of a Small Space

Bright Home Office and Guest RoomIf you’re like most people, your single-family Penrose rental home doesn’t have a lot of extra space. When you’re not using your guest room as a guest room, it can be tough to know what to do with it. Rather than letting your room sit empty, why not turn it into an office? Still, combining a guest room and an office can be difficult, especially if the room is small. Here are five tips on how to make the most out of your guest room/office combination!


Think Non-Traditional

Even though your guest room without a doubt needs a bed, your office possibly doesn’t. So get creative with your furniture! A sofa sleeper, Murphy bed, or futon can effortlessly do double duty in a guest room and workspace. Likewise, if you don’t have an adequate amount of room for a traditional desk, try utilizing a small table or a bookshelf as your workspace.


Convert for Improved Functionality

If your guest room has a closet, think about converting it to a built-in workspace that you can close off when the visitors come. This is particularly effective if you don’t have a separate guest room and office. Just add a few shelves, a desk, and some good lighting, and you’re all set!


Store with Décor

One more valuable thing to consider in a combined guest room/office is storage. If you’re utilizing the room as an office, you’ll need somewhere to store all your office supplies. A clever way to do this is to invest in smart storage containers that can double as decoration. This way, when you’re not using the room as an office, the storage containers won’t be an eyesore for your guests.


Make it Comfortable

Although you want to make your guest room comfortable for your guests, you still need to create a space that works for you. It is essential to ensure that your guest room/office combo is a space that you feel secure working in. If it’s too cluttered or messy, you’ll never want to spend any time there! So take some time to declutter and organize the space until it feels like a place you can focus and be practical.


Light It Up

Another terrific way to combine a guest room and an office is to make use of natural light. Keep light sources open to help brighten dark corners and provide good light for your work sessions. This will help to make the space feel more open and airy, and it can also be good for your productivity levels. If you don’t have a lot of natural light, consider investing in some quality task lighting to help brighten things up. Your guest will also appreciate a light and airy room to stay in!

It’s easy to turn your guest room/office combo into a functional and stylish space that you and your guests will enjoy! Who knows, you may even find that you end up using it more as an office than a guest room. One way or another, it’s a great way to make the most out of a small space.


If you’ve outgrown your current rental house, maybe it’s time to upgrade to something bigger. We have a variety of great rental listings taken care of by local Penrose property managers who have your best interest in mind. Browse our listings online today!

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