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6 Guest Bedroom and Spare Room Ideas

A guest bedroom or spare room can be used in so many ways. Offering somewhere comfortable and private for guests to stay over is the obvious one – but how often do you have people to stay? Would it be better if the space also served another purpose, perhaps as an office or study, a home gym or a hobby room? You could even use it for well organised storage (very different to a dumping ground). Pick one specific role for the room, or make it dual-purpose – our 6 guest bedroom and spare room ideas will show you how.
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1. Planning a guest bedroom

If you want to turn a spare room into a guest bedroom, then you’ll need to treat it differently to the other bedrooms in the house. This is a space for others to relax in, so your guest bedroom ideas should be simple and straightforward, making friends and family feel welcome.

Include a few home comforts – a comfortable bed, some storageand a reading lamp. Think of what you might look for in a hotel room for your spare bedroom ideas. For a start, a neutral colour scheme’s a good idea. Grey and white is relaxing, and you can accessorise with soft, touchable textures to make the room feel cosy and inviting.

For the bed, you can’t go wrong with a timeless, classic style – a simple metal or wooden bed frame will do. Add a mattress topper for added comfort, so the room doesn’t feel like an afterthought. Layer the bed with throws and cushions allowing guests to choose their own level of comfort. Investing in twin single beds for your guest bedroom gives more flexibility in terms of who can stay. If the room’s small, it can still work as a dedicated spare room – all that matters is that people have room to park a suitcase and a private space to relax.

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2. Turning an attic space into a guest bedroom

Use your initiative to make a spare room out of an unlikely space. A seldom-used attic at the top of the house, for example, could be repurposed, flooding it with spare bedroom ideas. Chances are, you may have a sloping roof here, or possibly two. Slanting ceilings can add drama to the overall look, so embrace this with your planning. For example, creative lighting with floor lamps and pendant lights is a great way to create atmosphere. Neutral colours tend to work best with guest bedroom ideas in these spaces, to stop it feeling too claustrophobic. If you have exposed beams or bare brick, you could channel a modern industrial theme with a metal bed frame, or rustic charm with wooden bedroom furniture. In terms of storage, try bookshelves and cool storage units to cut down on the steep angle of the slanting walls. Fitted wardrobes or floating shelves can make the most of an awkward space.

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3. Small spare room ideas

Sometimes your spare room is spare for a reason – maybe it’s Article Copy just too small to be part of your own day-to-day life, so what should you do with it? These small spare room ideas will help.

You might still like to turn the space into a guest bedroom. If so, be creative with your furniture. A single bed might be enough, or you could use a space-saving day bed rather than a double bed. Go for a white or neutral colour scheme, and hang a mirror or two to help make the room seem larger.

But who says it has to be a bedroom at all? Small spare room ideas can take many forms, and while the room may be limited, if you can squeeze in a desk, a chair, a table lamp and some bookshelves, you’ll have an office in a quiet corner of the house.

Or if you enjoy clothes, and lack the space in your bedroom, equip the room with wardrobes and shelving to create a dressing room. A mirrored wardrobe can boost the feeling of space.

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Guest room ideas – round mirror
Spare room ideas – wooden display unit

4. Using the spare room as a cinema room

A spare room can be anything you want it to be. It can be a home office, a hobby room, a games room or even a lounge bar. Let your spare bedroom ideas run wild!

But an option that seems to be growing in popularity these days is a ‘home cinema’ room. This is not the same as a lounge or living room, which is also used for entertaining and talking to guests. Instead this is something that pushes the boundaries to capture a dedicated, cinema-like experience.

Visuals and sound are important here. Buy a TV stand to accommodate a large screen, or go for a pull-down screen and projector. Shelving units and display cabinets can hide speakers, creating a surround sound effect, and show off your movie library or memorabilia.

Finally, consider the comfort of those invited to watch with you. Include leather recliner chairs, or a corner sofa to make the most of the space. Cushions and rugs add extra comfort.

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5. Make a dual-purpose spare room

If you have a spare room, can you really have the best of both worlds? You may have guest bedroom ideas, but only occasional guests, so could the room double as a home office or a gym?

The simple answer is yes, and in a similar way to working with small spare room ideas, it’s all about being clever with the space you have. For example, buy a sofa bed, so the room only becomes a guest bedroom when needed. A corner desk makes your home office less imposing to visitors.

Similarly, you could make your spare room work as a playroom for young children. Put a day bed on one side, which can be used as seating and then transformed when guests come to stay, while the drawers underneath are useful for hiding away toys.

Equip your room with plenty of storage, and you’ll have room to hide fold-up gym and exercise equipment. Think wardrobes, trunks and even ottoman and storage beds.

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6. Create your own private hideaway

There are no rules when it comes to a spare room, and ultimately how the space is used is down to you. So why shouldn’t your spare bedroom ideas be a little bit indulgent – creating a space not for guests, or with any specific purpose, but just an area where you can sit and relax?

It could mean turning the room into a library, if you enjoy books, for example. Really go for it with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a [leather armchair or two, plus a floor lamp and a glass coffee table. Include natural textures, through cushions and rugs, to create a warm, inviting space.

This could be a snug just for yourself, or you may feel inclined to allow guests in every now and then. Create a bar area with [wooden bar stools to really impress them, or add a bar cart, wine rack and some characterful furniture. Bean bags and footstools will encourage them to relax even more.

We hope that you feel inspired by our guest bedroom and spare room ideas. For more home styling tips, visit our Home of Inspiration.

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