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Best Office Guest Room Ideas for a Cozy Temporary Space

12 office guest room ideas for making an extra room in your home using an air mattress feel like a comfortable temporary sleeping space for your guests.

a home office set up as a temporary guest room and making an air mattress comfortable like a real bed

We pulled out ALL of the office guest room ideas we could think of to turn our home office space into a guest room. For Thanksgiving one year, we had 14 people sleeping in our house all at once, so that immediately set the wheels in motion to produce beds out of thin air for all of those bodies!

Our home office was the perfect place to set up a temporary sleeping space using some strategies to make a basic air mattress comfortable and more welcoming as a temporary guest bedroom.

If you have a similar challenge, these tips will help you make any space room or office in your home feel inviting for guests.

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12 Guest Room Office Ideas for a Cozy Temporary Bed

Here’s how our home office looks on a regular basis (except add in lots more papers and mess everywhere for reality’s sake… Marie Kondo and Martha Stewart don’t work here, okay?)

Can you believe this is an office turned guest bedroom using an air mattress?!

Yes, that cute bed is an air mattress to use as a temporary bed. I pulled together a few basic makeshift items from around the house and a few guest room essentials to make it as comfortable as possible for a functional space.

Really, these are great tricks whether you need some guest bedroom office ideas or need to stage a house and need to market a spare room as a bedroom. All the air mattress tricks and office guest room ideas to the rescue!

First of all, a moment for that DIY shower curtain art that magically works as an air mattress headboard. Happy accidents rock.

office guest room combo

1. Use an Extra Tall Air Mattress

It’s best to use a tall air mattress that’s at least 20″ high so guests can more easily slide into bed without needing to scoot onto the floor, especially if your guests are older and sleeping on a floor space feels difficult.

This 24″ pillowtop queen sized bed air mattress we used is the perfect height, is really comfortable, and has a convenient built-in pump so we don’t have to worry about it getting lost while it’s in storage between guests.

use a 24" tall air mattress

2. Add a Memory Foam Topper to Make an Air Mattress Feel Like a Real Bed

This gel infused memory foam topper makes such a huge difference to help the mattress feel less “air mattress-y” and aid in pressure relief for a comfortable guest bed.

how to make an air mattress comfortable using a memory foam topper

3. Hide the Air Mattress Bottom With an Elastic Skirt

Out of sight, out of mind? By adding an elastic bed skirt around the bottom of the air mattress, you’re totally fooled into believing it’s a regular bed.

If you needed to stage a spare room as a bedroom when listing a house for sale, this is a great trick to use for an open house.

how to hide an air mattress for a temporary office guest room : use a bed skirt

4. Make the Bed With Soft White Bedding

Guests usually prefer white bedding because it feels clean (plus, it can be bleached so it actually is clean).

These bamboo sheets feel so luxuriously soft. These down alternative pillows and duvet insert add a great cozy “squishy” feeling (that I use on all of our beds in our house actually).

I just threw this white duvet cover set on top along with these sweater knit pillows and sherpa pillow for extra coziness.

office guest room bed using tricks to make an air mattress comfortable

5. Add an Extra Blanket for Needed Warmth

Air mattresses are notorious for feeling cold since, after all, cool air is underneath you. So adding an extra layer like this plush sherpa blanket helps keep guests comfortable.

office guest room ideas : add warm bedding since air mattresses get cold

6. Repurpose a Stool or Crate as a Nightstand

It’s nice having a nightstand to place glasses or keep a light handy, so use a stool or crate you might already have for that purpose.

I used this stool that I already had in our kids’ bathroom. Don’t go buying anything special. So many things you probably already have hanging around your house could work.

7. Have a Small Lamp or Nightlight Handy

It’s much more convenient to have a lamp at arm’s reach beside the bed, so look around at what you might already have that could work on the makeshift nightstand.

I used this small lamp I took from our bedroom.

office guest room ideas : include a nightstand with a lamp and clock / white noise machine

8. Consider Including a Clock and/or White Noise Machine

Our family always sleeps better with white noise machines, especially in places away from home where strange sounds might keep us awake.

This alarm clock has soothing nature sounds, a dimmer, and can even project the time onto the ceiling.

office guest room ideas : toiletries basket

9. Have Towels Handy

It’s nice having towels ready and waiting for you in the guest bedroom so they don’t have to go searching for any in a potentially embarrassing moment if they step out of the shower unable to find any towels in the bathroom.

These plush white towels are some of my favorites that we’ve used for years.

10. Include Toiletries in a Basket

Just in case guests forgot to pack a toothbrush or shampoo, it’s good to have some small toiletries at the ready for them. I like tossing everything into a basket like this. Whatever amenities hotels usually include in hotel rooms, I like to have for our guests too.

how to turn an office into a guest room

11. Add a Pillow Top Mattress Pad to a Futon

If you’re using a futon in your home office as a guest bed in a small space, add a plush pillow top mattress pad to make it feel softer and prevent back pain. This faux leather futon turns into a full sized bed and has hidden built in storage space for bedding.

temporary bed in home office using a futon

12. Provide a Bluetooth Speaker or Sound Machine

Especially in a house with a lot of other overnight guests staying, it’s nice for guests to have access to white noise or music to drown out other noises in the house while they try to sleep. This retro radio Bluetooth speaker is super functional while looking beautiful on an office shelf.

temporary bed in home office using a futon

You can see this list of guest bedroom essentials for more items you can include to help guests feel right at home.

So now our office is guest ready! And we plan to get absolutely zero work done in here… and that’s exactly how it should be with loved ones visiting us. 🙂

cozy guest bedroom setup in an office

Do you have any other home office guest room ideas or amenities you implement in your home to help guests feel comfortable in a spare bedroom?

Maybe I should add a sign for the WiFi password because that’s always a popular guest request.

More Guest Bedroom Ideas

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I combine my home office and guest room?

1. Utilize multi purpose furniture.
2. Opt for a sleeper sofa bed or futon as guest bed ideas that can be stored away during work hours.
3. Consider a Murphy Bed with office shelving built in.
4. Use a computer cabinet with storage drawers to keep screen hidden away while guests are staying.

What should every guest bedroom have?

1. A comfortable mattress
2. A vacant drawer or two
3. A fan and extra blanket for temperature comfort
4. Some bottled water
5. Extra towels and toiletries

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  1. Frame the Bless’er House Wi-Fi info and place on back of door or side table like hotels do listing pertinent information.

  2. Who would have guessed that was an air mattress!! You always do such a great job showing step by step instructions and sources. Enjoy Thanksgiving and all your guests!

    1. Mind blowing right?! I had hopes it would look decent, but it’d totally fool me too if I didn’t know better. Thanks, Pat!

  3. Your “guest room” is lovely and will certainly make your guests smile and feel right at home. I, too, always leave a basket chock full of toiletries, lotions and potions, lol, and my guests have occasionally commented on what a lifesaver it was. Some of my guests may need to take meds at bedtime so I also add a tray with some bottled spring water and drinking glasses and a small bowl with some chocolate ‘kisses’. Thanks SO much for the source lists. I must get that clock! 🙂

  4. This is amazing. I would be very interested in seeing how you are fitting all 14 people!!!
    What other spaces can you transform??

    1. Many are kids so we’ll have a small twin air mattress in both our dedicated guest room and in our older daughter’s room where there’s a queen bed in each, so adults will get the “real” beds with a younger child sleeping on an air mattress in each of those two bedrooms. Our youngest will sleep in our room. And in our youngest’s bedroom, we have twin beds and an extra trundle. And then this queen air mattress in our office. Basically we’re squeezing in here like sardines, but we have a game plan. Haha!

    2. I saw this post way back when and just remembered it as we are trying to find the best use for a room in our house. I’m so thankful for the links!
      My question is – how did you artfully move your office furniture out of the way and still manage to make it roomy enough in the space?
      I’d love to see some photos if you have them.

      1. Hi! The room is longer than wide. It gave space for the guest but of course the desk was not in use. The desk was in a tight squeeze in the opposite corner.

  5. That is both beautiful and amazing! Now I’ m curious about places for the others. And how you will manage feeding so many. We will just have seven additional family members and four are children which will all stay in one bedroom with a full bed, stacked bunk beds and we add a toddler bed now that the pack and play is too small. But the meal prep for a week is.the hardest part or me. It will be great and we are so blessed and thankful as I’ m sure you are too. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. That’s tricky too. I just started making my meal planning list. Making a big pot of soup with cornbread one night. Picking up barbecue w/ fixins from a local restaurant another night (easier than me having to cook). And for breakfasts, I’m doing stuff I can make ahead the day before everyone arrives: French toast casserole, sausage egg and cheese casserole, and cinnamon rolls.