How to transform a home office into a guest room

A sofa can be a great place to take an online meeting. And a sofa-bed is perfect when you have overnight guests. Here are some top tips to help you create a room that transforms easily from home office to guest room and back.

Let’s start with your desk​

Transforming your desk into a vanity table for guests is easy. Just take your laptop off the stand and tidy it away underneath. And then take that little mirror – the one you use to check you’re looking great before video meetings – and pop it on top.

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A big welcome in an easy-change room​​

What could make your guests feel more appreciated than a little welcome kit on the sofa-bed? Towels, shampoo, some chocolate... And storing bed linen, duvets and pillows in boxes nearby makes it super easy to transform the comfy sofa into a comfy bed and back.​

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They didn’t pack a charger?​​

This wireless charger is handy for keeping your work phone charged and great for guests who’ve forgotten their own. It’s easy to place where you need it and the soft textile finish adds to the warm, inviting atmosphere. With the Wi- Fi password in a frame beside it, you have a complete tech support station!​

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​Easy storage for everyone​

Simple ideas like hooks or a bench with storage are easy and affordable ways to take care of guests’ clothes and accessories. And they’re very handy for you as extra storage at other times, too.​

​Flexible furniture for a room that adapts

Furniture that you can move easily or fold up and put out of the way is great in a multifunctional room. When your guests are tired, you can just wheel away this trolley table and fold the laptop stand to create more space for opening out the sofa-bed.​

Set the scene for a good night’s sleep​

It’s time to open out the sofa into a comfy bed and pull down the block-out blinds so your guests’ can sleep undisturbed by streetlights or early morning sun. And with IKEA smart home bulbs and a remote control, they can dim the lighting to a cosy level and even switch it off without getting out of bed.

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