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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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