Complete Guide: Transform Your Sitting Room To A Guest Bedroom

November 16, 2015

With the Christmas holidays almost upon us, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll make your visiting guests feel right at home! We understand how long everyone’s “To Do List" is this time of year and as such – we’ve prepared a guide to help make transforming your sitting room into a welcoming guest bedroom with...minimum fuss and maximum wow-factor!

BEFORE & AFTER: 3 Multipurpose Furniture Must-Haves

We take a look at three items of furniture that can be multipurpose and that don't compromise on comfort or style. It's all about creating an interior that reflects your style and, helps you maximise your space in terms of versatility.

1. Sofa Bed

The sofa bed is probably the most obvious item of furniture we think of when planning a space that is to be multipurpose. Today, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a sofa bed for your home. Whatever your style or bedding size requirement, there is a sofa bed that will suit you. We couldn’t go past the wonderful Splitback Frej from Innovation Living. As you will see, it effortlessly transforms from comfortable sofa to a double bed in two simple steps. Gone are the days when your guests have a bad night’s sleep due to metal rods laying beneath them. The only problem with this sofa bed…you may have guests overstaying their welcome!

"We wanted to show people that creating a warm and welcoming guest bedroom isn't that difficult with some key, signature pieces and a little creativity." Prue | Editor

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2. Ottoman

An ottoman or footstool is one of those pieces of furniture that until you own one, you don’t appreciate just how effortlessly versatile they are. We featured the Innovation Living ottoman with a walnut timber top. For the sitting room style, the ottoman looked perfectly at home as a side table to house the beautiful lamp and candle. When we transitioned the sitting room to the guest bedroom – the ottoman soon became the ideal place for our guest to place their luggage. Furthermore, the timber top doubled as a tray to serve our guest a light breakfast and fresh towel and soap. Equally, due to the generous size of the ottoman, we could have easily featured this as a bedside table with a lamp for our guests.

"Having friends and family visit over the Christmas holidays shouldn't be a stress for you, the host. It should be a time to enjoy each others company and reminisce on the year that was." Prue | Editor

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3. Decorative Ladder

A decorative ladder is a wonderful furniture solution to display your magazine collection in your sitting room. When it comes to transforming the space into a guest bedroom, the ladder can then double as a clothes rack. Guests can hang their scarves, necklaces, handbags, cocktail dress or business shirt with ease.

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Furniture & Homeware Essentials

Featured in our before and after guide to transform your sitting room to a guest bedroom are other gorgeous furniture and homewares pieces from a selection of our amazing retailers. We capture these items below and provide you with some other handy hints and tips for when it comes to designing and decorating your interior space.

1. Rug, Arm Chairs & Lighting

Having a rug in a room helps define a space. The stunning Hali rug is generous in size so worked perfectly in the same place for the sitting room and the guest bedroom.

"If your rug is smaller, be creative and change the angle to best match the positioning of the sofabed," Elizabeth | Editorial Coordinator

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The arm chairs from Interior Secrets worked well as a pair and the blonde timber frames really accentuated the pattern and colour of the striking Hali rug.

"Don't be afraid to use two different style arm chairs as a pair together in your sitting room. Just be mindful that they compliment each other in someway such as the same upholstery, frame material, leg style or accent cushion on each," Prue | Editor

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Selecting lighting for any interior is important for not only the overall style of a room but, for its functionality. Jill at Creative Lighting in Eltham introduced us to this beautiful range of spherical table lamps and they were the perfect pairing with the Manhattan furniture range from Triple J Furniture.

"A mix of pendant lighting, floor and table lamps helps bring interest and ambiance to your interior." Elizabeth | Editorial Coordinator

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2. Console and Side Tables

It's not essential at all but, at times it's nice to have a matching console, side tables or bookshelf in your sitting room. We absolutely fell in love with the Manhattan range from Triple J Furniture and thought the inclusion of the console and nesting side tables were signature to the over all look and style of the interior.

The curvaceous brass frames coupled with glass shelves bring a luxurious and timeless element to this interior.

"Although solid in construction, these furniture pieces bring a lightness and airiness to the overall feel of the interior thanks to their glass and mirror reflective surfaces," Prue | Editor

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4. Office Desk and Chair

If you're fortunate enough to have a larger sitting room, consider including a desk and chair to help make your living space as versatile as possible.

The bay window in this beautiful room allowed for the perfect positioning of the clean-line vintage oak desk from Home Concepts. We were careful to select something that was not dark or bulky as it was important to keep that area feeling light and, easy to maneuver around. The gorgeous black Alvar chair from The Phoenix and The Turtle compliments the shape of the desk and helps define the space. We deliberately selected a chair that didn't have a closed in back or large legs to allow the light to effortlessly filter through.

"There are office desks and chairs to suit all room sizes and styles. Make sure your aware of the spaces dimensions prior to purchasing as, you don't want to fall in love with the pieces only to get them home and they don't fit!" Elizabeth | Editorial Coordinator

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5. Storage Solutions

As we mentioned in the 5 Things To Remember When Creating A Guest Room, early in the article, point 2) Storage is very important to any room in your home. With adequate storage, you can have a clutter free space that helps create a more harmonious living space.

From a place to put your reading collection, like the wonderful Plyroom Bellantonio Rotating Drawers, to a place to hang your magazines or scarves such as in the decorative ladder, storage does not only have to be practical it can be a striking focal point to a room as well.

"We loved the little By Lassen storage boxes from Designstuff! Not only are they a timeless design, they are the ideal storage solution for all those lieveryday need to access items like your keys and coins," Elizabeth | Editorial Coordinator

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6. Decorative Accents

From the gorgeous Milk & Sugar Piper Clock from The Phoenix and The Turtle, to the swoon worthy Tanda candles to the amazing Papaya Verdelho stone vessels from Estella, selecting your decorative accents helps make your room harmonious and inviting.

"Think of decorative accents as an extension of your personality and style. If you keep that in mind, you'll create the most wonderful and unique space !" Prue | Editor

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7. Soft Furnishings and Linen

The Estella octagon pattern cushions worked perfectly not only with the colour scheme but, the repetition of shape from the geometric patterned rug. These cushion also looked striking on the sofa bed as the charcoal fabric backdrop intensified the blue and blush tones.

"When it comes to selecting cushions for your interior, look for complimentary colours, inviting textures and repetition of pattern," Prue | Editor

Something more lineal in the cushion design would have looked equally at home given the stacked stone fireplace feature.

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I Love Linen's range of quality cotton sheets, quilts and throws is second to none. No matter what colour scheme you're working with - I Love Linen will have the perfect solution. These sheets are divine and the Pom Pom coverlet mixed with the paisly printed quilt adds texture, depth and interest to the sofa bed. The only problem with this? Your guest may find it hard to say goodbye!

"Texture, colour and pattern looks amazing on a bed! It really is the perfect recipe for a great nights sleep," Elizabeth | Editorial Coordinator

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8. Welcoming Finishing Touches

What better way to welcome your guests than with a lovely little surprise gift. We recommend a vase of fresh flowers, some home-made soap like the gorgeous scented Maple soaps, a magazine, a public transport ticket or even a little local travel guide.


"If your visiting guests arrive late at night, then you can't go past a freshly brewed cup of tea with a delicious baked good from Bakers Delight to welcome them the next morning," Elizabeth | Editorial Coordinator

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9. Stacked Stone and Plaster Mouldings

This beautiful home in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne has stunning plaster mouldings and a lovely stone fireplace. We were careful not to detract from the rooms natural charm and wanted to embrace the lovely natural light that streams through the bay window.

"We selected the geometric rug to subtly emphasise the pattern in the ceiling design so as to enhance its striking features," Prue | Editor

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TOP 5: Things To Remember When Creating A Guest Bedroom

There were five key points that we kept in mind when transforming our sitting room into a welcoming guest bedroom. If you keep these at hand when planning for when your guests will be staying, you'll be well on your way to creating a cosy and welcoming space for them.

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1) Bedding

Fresh, clean linen is essential. Nothing is more welcoming than beautifully laundered linen and a freshly made bed.

2) Storage

Be sure to provide somewhere/something for your guests to leave their luggage on and hang their belongings. It not only helps to keep the space clutter-free but, it makes it easy for your guests to move around the room if space is a consideration. Things like an ottoman for

3) Lighting

Providing a table lamp close to the bed and in easy reach for your guest, will make it effortless for them to navigate around the room at night

4) Relaxation

If space allows it, always try to include somewhere your guests can sit other than on the bed. On this occasion, we removed the two arm chairs from our sitting room but, kept the desk and chair in the bay window. This gives your guests another space to unwind and relax in comfort. A chair pushed into the corner of a room can create a nice little R&R nook without impacting too much on the space.

5) Welcome Gift

It doesn't have to be anything huge but a little welcome gift is a lovely finishing touch for your guest room. Items such as soap, fresh flowers, a magazine or even a local town guide go a long way in making your guest feel right at home.

Many thanks from the House of Home team to the following retailers:

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Design and Styling by Prue Tully (Editor, Interior Designer), Design and Styling by Elizabeth Zotti (Editorial Coordinator) Photography by Andrew Maccoll ( and Graphic Design by Cassandra Digby (Creative Content).