Top Tips for Creating a Guest Room Home Office

You’re finally doing it: working from home, running a business or a blog that you love. Whether it’s to make more time for your kids or to chase your entrepreneurial dreams after spending too much time at a 9-5 job, you’re putting your all into it. From choosing the right wording for your about page to picking the perfect ads for products like Juul e-cigarettes to get you a little extra money, you’re doing everything right.

But something still isn’t perfect: in your home, you don’t have a dedicated place for working. And while it was easy at first to work from bed or the sofa in your living room, it’s starting to get a little distracting. What you need is a workspace–preferably one that can also double as a guest room. Luckily, there are some great strategies to make that work, and here’s how:

1 Have a bed that doubles as a sofa

As you know, there’s nothing nearly as distracting as having a bed in your workspace. It’s tempting, anytime you’re facing a problem at work like the anxiety of answering a needy client’s email or writing a new blog post, to simply lie down in the bed and hide away from your responsibilities. Which is why you need to pick a guest bed that’s not only comfortable but will also look like a professional sofa when no one’s visiting.

According to Working Mother, some great ideas include a modern low profile daybed, a platform storage bed under which you can store important documents, a built-in daybed, and, of course, a sofa bed. (Sofa beds add anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars to what you’ll have to spend, though.) When guests are visiting, they’ll be able to Netflix and watch movies like People You May Know without even feeling like they’re in a workspace.

2 Be smart about the desk

As you can imagine, having this space be as multi-use as possible is key when designing it. Which is why you’re going to want a desk that doesn’t feel too invasive when desks are over–but you don’t want one that’s flimsy, either, because you won’t feel like your work has the space it deserves in that case.

According to SpaceWise, “When guests do stay over, you want them to feel as if they have their own personal space in your home. If your guest room/home office is dominated by a large desk, however, it might make them feel like they’ve intruded on your personal space. A smaller desk will make the room more inviting for guests.” If smaller isn’t an option, consider tucking it into a corner away from the bed, or invest in a rolling desk that you can take into another part of the house to work when your guest is relaxing.

And if you’ve got a clean desk–which is key to a good work ethic, anyway–with few distractions on it, just your laptop, some pens, and a notepad at most, then it’ll be easy to put those things to the side when a visitor is over. After all, in a study by Initial Hygiene UK, “it was discovered that 57 percent of employees are more motivated and have higher morale when the workplace is clean and equipped with proper hygiene solutions.” So if you’re considering getting some sleek storage space for this room, it’s probably a good idea.

3 Decorate to your liking

Once you’ve emptied the room of clutter and decided what furniture goes where, it’s smart to decorate a little bit. Stay away from distracting colors, of course–otherwise, every time your favorite song comes on your pumped-up work playlist, you’ll end up dancing in your seat so much that you’ll forget about your tasks at hand. By putting up inspirational posters and quotations to keep you motivated and brightening the room with some translucent curtains, it’ll be the kind of workspace where you want to get some work done.

After all, quitting that 9-5 was one of the best things you’ve ever done. Offices like that, according to howstuffworks.com, “probably sports all the neutral coloring and boring furniture you can handle.” So embrace your freedom, and make this into the office you’ve always dreamed of. Don’t forget to stock up on playful coffee cups, either.

Keep in mind, by the way, that being surrounded by blue makes us more imaginative, and combined with green is calming, so these are great colors to use if you’re considering repainting.

As you can see, there are some great strategies you can use to make the guest room/ home office combo work. It’s all about being minimalist and placing each and every item in the room with a purpose so that everyone feels comfortable there.

How do you plan on creating your guest room/ home office?

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