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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 many other individuals, you don’t have a lot of extra space in your single-family Virginia Beach rental home. When you’re not utilizing your guest room as a guest room, it can be challenging to know what to do with it. In place of letting the room sit empty, why not turn it into an office? Still, combining a guest room and an office can be a real struggle, especially if the room is compact. These five tips will help you make the most out of your guest room/office combination!


Think Non-Traditional

While your guest room usually needs a bed, your office probably doesn’t. So get creative with your furniture! A sofa sleeper, Murphy bed, or futon can quickly conduct double duty in a guest room and workspace. Likewise, if you don’t have plenty of room for a traditional desk, think about using a small table or a bookshelf as your workspace.


Convert for Improved Functionality

If your guest room has a closet, consider converting it to a built-in workspace that you can close off when the visitors enter the room. This is extremely helpful if you don’t have a separate guest room and office. All you need to get started are a few shelves, a desk, and some good lighting!


Store with Décor

Another vital factor to keep in mind in a combined guest room/office is storage. If you want to assemble the room as an office, you’ll need somewhere to store all your office supplies. To achieve this, it’s a good idea to invest in decorative storage containers that can double as decoration. Your guests won’t be able to distinguish your storage containers when you’re not using the room as an office.


Make it Comfortable

While it is important to make your guest room comfortable for your guests, you must also create a space that works for you. It’s vital to guarantee that your guest room/office combo is a space that you feel relaxed working in. No one wants to spend any time in there if it’s too cluttered or messy. So devote some energy to declutter and organize the area until it feels like a place you can focus and be useful.


Light It Up

Another ideal method to combine a guest room and an office is to employ natural light. Keep light sources open to help brighten dark corners and provide better light for your work sessions. Therefore, the area will feel more open and airy, and it can also be good for your productivity levels. Investing in some quality task lighting to help brighten things up is a good idea if your home lacks a lot of natural light. A light and airy room is a plus for your guest!

It’s simple to convert your guest room/office combo into a functional and stylish space that you and your guests will enjoy! Who knows, you may end up using it more as an office than a guest room. Either way, it’s an excellent method to make the most out of a small space.


Certainly, if you’ve outgrown your current rental house, it may be best to upgrade to a larger one. We have a lot of excellent rental listings maintained by local Virginia Beach property managers who have your best interest in mind. Browse our listings online today!

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