Guest Bedroom Makeover!

February 19, 2019

Guest rooms, according to nearly top décor magazines, should be three things: comfortable, welcoming and functional. We agree. When someone comes to visit, rather than scramble to make a spare room inviting and presentable, here are some ideas to create affordable, practical and who-wouldn’t-like-to-sleep-there guest sanctuaries!

Country Living offers room-after-room ideas for your guest room, from patriotic-themed paint, pillows and accessories to nautical concepts and looks that are all about the antiques. That’s not all, either. With 39 room designs to draw from, you can pick and choose your inspiration.

Kathy and Steve of The Budget Decorator, offer home decorating ideas on a budget and claim that something as simple as rearranging the furniture can change how a bedroom feels. Like putting the bed in a corner instead of up against a wall – which gives a room a more homey yet elegant touch. Or paint – particularly the dramatic variety, can create a refuge, both soothing and sensational. We like the contrast of white bedding (with LOTS of pillows) against the brown walls and wooden night stand-tables.

Comfort and Convenience

Bob Vila says if you’re thinking comfort, think about a luggage rack. Hotels do it, B&Bs do it, so why not invest in a little practical consideration for your guests? They fold up and take up very little storage space when not in use, and you can grab one on Amazon for $30.

Bob is big on clothes steamers and spare keys for your guests and he also recommends an amenity they’ll likely need soon after they cross the threshold of your home – your Wi-Fi network and password. Here’s a printable from Melissa The Happier Homemaker that you can customize with your own information and frame (Dollar Store!) to display inside your guest room. 

Glam or Multipurpose?

While it’s not always practical to devote an entire room to now-and-again guests, with a little ingenuity you can design a space that doubles as an office, media room or playroom the rest of the time. These HGTV ideas for multi-functional guest bedrooms help create stylish interiors by using Murphy beds and sofa beds, day beds and even pull-out beds that roll into a wall when not in use. You’ll see ideas for cabinets and shelving, work spaces and our favorite, the desk/Murphy bed combo.

Good Housekeeping has some ideas to combine unusual but sensible pieces of furniture – like a rolling bar cart – to store extra towels, and anything your guest might want within arm’s reach by day or night. And Apartment Therapy offers a chic multi-purpose spare bedroom/office combination that’s roomy and functional with lots of storage.


Kris, who blogs for Driven by Décor, transformed what had become a catchall from their move a year ago into a single-purpose guest bedroom. We think it’s all about the accessories by the looks of things – what a difference a few extra pillows make!

Designer Randy Garrett’s “before” guest bedroom perfectly fit the three essentials of comfort, functionality and inviting, but she wanted a glam makeover, fit for celebrities. So, she traded out tables, light fixtures and linens and had a contractor add trim work.  The result is understated elegance and she freely admits she’d rather sleep in that room than her own!

Room to Spare in Southshore

The home designs in the master-planned community of Southshore offer buyers a blank template to create the lifestyle they live – both now and future! And Life at the Lake is one built-in amenity that can’t be beat. Take a journey through the many model homes  here — from Century Communities, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the $400s and the $700s.