Apartment living has fast become a way of life with many people choosing location over having the big house.
Living within a limited space is fine for a couple or someone who lives alone but what happens when relatives or friends need to stay overnight or for an extended period?
If an apartment doesn’t have a designated guest bedroom it can leave one feeling a little unprepared and inhospitable. However, just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have guests come to stay without cramping your style. This article takes you through simple, easy to implement ways to host a guest overnight (or longer) without having a guest room.
Where to put guests if you don’t have a spare room
When hosting guests it is important to make them feel welcome and comfortable. Pointing them in the direction of the sofa and tossing a sleeping bag at them won’t be winning any ‘host of the year’ badges.
The great news is there are some clever, yet super easy ways to accommodate guests, even at short notice. Creating a living room that can convert into a guest bedroom is the answer and all it takes are a few key pieces of furniture and décor accents that can make a lounge feel like a bedroom. Due to high demand, more and more options for multi-purpose furniture pieces are filtering into the market that allow people to create flexible living spaces.
If you don't have a spare bedroom, adding some unexpected welcoming touches will make your guests feel extra special. Spending the night in the living room isn’t always the most ideal thought for a guest so decorating you living space in a way that it can feel like a bedroom will help to make your guest feel more at home.
It’s important to consider the style of furniture you choose and whether it could work in both a living room setting and a bedroom setting. There are certainly plenty of options that could work for both applications so be mindful of this when researching pieces as it will help you to narrow down the options.
Spare Bedroom Decorating Tips
If you are lucky enough to have a spare bedroom, it’s a good idea to keep this space flexible and ustilze it as a study cum guest room. When selecting furniture incorporate pieces that are visually light and have sense of softness to them. Avoid dark, heavy pieces that appear cumbersome. This will make the room seem larger and will help when transitioning from a study space to a bedroom.
If you want to win that 'host of the year' award and create a space that's as welcoming as it is cosy, then check out our recommendations below. We have put together a selection of the key pieces of furniture and decor accessories that are guaranteed to impress your next house guest.
Space Saving Fold Out Beds
Multifunctional furniture is the way of the future. A sofa bed is the key ingredient to being able to quickly and easily transform your lounge into a bedroom. Opting for a sofa that converts into a comfy bed saves time, money and space, plus, it is much more attractive than a blow up mattress! Sofa beds have come a long way in recent years and there are some amazing contemporary designs with smaller space saving proportions on the market.
Below are a few of our favourite styles but if you would like to learn more visit our article How to Choose a Sofa Bed. This article covers everything you need to consider when choosing a sofa bed; from the various Sofa Bed designs to mattress types, cushions and best fabric options.
Beautiful Bed Linen and Towels
Bed Linen is the second essential ingredient in creating a cosy welcoming bedroom area. Fresh linen and a snuggly duvet or coverlet should be at the top of your shopping list. If you have limited storage space, select cushions that can work with your sofa but also back with your bed linen. Offering your guests a soft face cloth, hand towel and bath towel will help them to feel pampered.
Guest are bound to have a coat to hang or an overnight bag to store so it’s nice to be able to offer them a place to put these to minimise clutter in their newly transformed bedroom. We love the Scandi Coat Rack by Innovation Living as it offers a place to hang clothes, store shoes and bags, place books, plants and even a Sonos speaker. By day it can be used for a similar fashion but act as more of a display piece in the living room. Alternatively it can be kept in the bedroom for you to use and brought out when guests need it.
Look for side tables that will work in both a living room and bedroom setting. For this you should consider the height of the bed and its proportions so that they can be placed next to the sofa bed when its set up as a sofa or in the bed position. A bedside offers a place for your guest to place a bottle of water, a book and items such as their glasses. Hot Tip: A bottle is always better next the bed in a living room scenario as guest may wake in the night an potentially knock a glass over if they are disorientated.
Being in unfamiliar territory could make guests feel uneasy. Having a table lamp or standing lamp in reach or your guest’s bed will make them feel more comfortable and safer should they hear an unfamiliar noise in the night. A night lamp also makes it easier for them to find their way to the bathroom at night without making noise and disturbing you.
If space permits it’s nice to have an occasional chair which guests can sit in to read before bed or in first thing in the morning with a cup of tea. Having a side chair with smaller proportions works well as it can form part of the living area by day but can be moved aside when the bed is pulled out in the evening. A cushion from the sofa can be placed here too for extra comfort and to complete the look.
Plant’s bring life to a space and add an element of natural beauty, they also help to purify the air. Dot indoor plants around the living room to add a pop of colour and make your guests smile.
Last but not least, a scented candle will provide the finishing touch to help your guest to relax, unwind and feel at ease.
Waking up to the sound of a Sonos is much nicer than a blaring alarm and it’s nice for your guest to be able to listen to whatever music they like if you’re not at home. The Sonos Play 1 is perfect. It’s small proportions and wireless function means it can be placed absolutely anywhere in a small apartment, all your guest needs to do is install the app. on their smart phone. Chances are they already have it.
Below is a round up of all of our favourite furniture accents and decor items that work beautifully in both a lounge and guest room settings.
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We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wishlist of products, then be sure and check out our Sofa Beds products range.
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Styling by Sarah Radhanauth and Carlinea Williamson. Photography by Jonathan Ho.