Turning an underutilized guest room into a home office is an obvious solution for those who are lucky enough to have a spare room. But creating a hybrid space that is optimized for both working from home and hosting friends and family can be a challenge.
These office guest rooms offer clever ideas on everything from layout to furniture choices and decor to help you create a multi-functional guest room and home office that will help you get the job done on the daily and will make your visitors feel right at home when they come to stay.
Whether you're looking to design a full-fledged home office that doubles as a guest room or a guest room that is equipped for occasional remote work, inspiration lies ahead.
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Add Bohemian Touches
This cozy guest room home office from blogger Sara Toufali has a sensible layout and bohemian style-inspired style. A long two-person workstation runs along one wall, maximizing space in the compact room. On the opposite side, a bed pushed into the corner provides a place for guests to sleep while serving as a daybed the rest of the time for times when getting horizontal helps you do your best thinking.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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Keep It Simple
This Scandinavian office guest room from Fantastic Frank is understated and serene, with neutral tones, warm wood accents, and vintage design classics like the Verner Panton chair and lamp that add some gravitas to the spare decor.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Swap the Nightstand for an Antique Table
To create a flexible guest room office space, consider swapping the nightstand for a bedside table or desk. An antique desk or table adds a sense of history to the room and makes a change from your average office workstation. In this office guest room from Marie Flanigan Interiors, an antique work table with an airy cross-beam base and generous worktop adds charm to the room and can is as decorative as it is functional.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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Let the Sunshine In
Adding bold color is an easy way to personalize your home workspace and remind you of the benefits of designing your own office. In this bright and sunny office guest room from A Beautiful Mess, high-energy shades of yellow on the patterned wallpaper and the desk create a feel-good vibe suited for those who feel more creative when surrounded by lots of stimulating color.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Add a Magazine Rack
One of the easiest ways to make your home office look less like a bedroom is to turn the bed into a daybed for naps and work breaks when guests aren't sleeping over. In this moody office guest room designed by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design, the daybed is dressed with extra pillows and throws. A wall of print magazines makes the room a perfect spot for unplugging for both you and your guests.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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If your guest room is tight on space, try swapping a desk for a long and narrow console table placed along one wall that will provide extra workspace without taking up too much floor space, like this Lexington, KY office guest room from Matthew Carter Interiors.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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Add a Secretary Desk
An antique, vintage, or contemporary secretary desk is a stylish and sensible option that allows you to close the door on clutter at the end of a work session (and may even include a locking top). In this office guest room from Fantastic Frank, a vintage wooden slant-top desk with midcentury vibes does the trick.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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This corner guest room workstation from Neva Interior Design is built in to hug the curves of the room and to optimize the small space. The all-white palette allows the workspace to fade quietly into the background when not in use.
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Choose a Modular Daybed
In this spacious office guest room designed by Keyanna Brown for Emily Henderson Design, a comfortable daybed has removable back and side rests that allow it to be transformed into a large bed when guests come to town. The desk area is concentrated in an alcove so that guests won't feel like they're sleeping in your office when they stay the night.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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Draw the Curtains
A communal work table makes this office guest room from Leanne Ford Interiors both stylish and functional for couples, roommates, or families who like to work together. The designer pushed a guest bed into the corner beneath the sloping ceilings and hung a rod full of curtains that can be whisked closed to banish it from sight. Matte black paint on the office half of the room creates contrast and focuses the eye.
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Construct a Corner Desk
In this office guest room designed by Emily Bowser for Emily Henderson Design, saturated forest green paint envelops walls and ceilings, while a narrow built-in corner worktop provides extra space (including space for the cat to nap).Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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Build a Platform
Placing the desk on a raised platform in the corner of the room gives it pride of place in this light and airy guest room from Urbanology Designs that functions as an off-duty home office and/or art studio. Orienting the desk facing out toward the spacious room makes it easy to give your eyes a break and is often more comfortable than facing a wall. A hanging chair in the corner creates another zone for changing working postures and taking breaks.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Sourcing a large vintage or thrifted wooden dining table to use as a desk is an affordable option for those who like to have a large surface area to work on. In this minimalist black-and-white office guest room from real estate agent and interior designer Julian Porcino, a large wooden table adds warmth and fills the space.Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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Keep It Long and Lean
In this long and narrow guest room from Fantastic Frank, a slim desk mounted to the wall with brackets can be transformed into a small workspace for a laptop warrior, and styled with greenery or decor objects when guests are staying over. You can also mount a simple shelf on the wall to create a standing workstation tailored to your height as an affordable DIY option to purchasing a sit/stand desk.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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This traditional style Kentucky country house guest room from Matthew Carter Interiors has plenty of seating and table options—from the small antique writing desk by the bedside, to the long console table— that allow it to double as an office space for one or two. Antique round dining tables with folding sides can also be used as console tables that can be pulled out from the wall and unfolded when more table space is required or desired.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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Add Modern Farmhouse Style
If working from home is a lifestyle and you have the budget and the space, make an investment by building a custom desk that matches the style of your home. This pale wood modern farmhouse-style built-in desk from Kate Marker Interiors has plenty of closed storage to hide clutter, anchoring the space and including open display shelving and accent wallpaper to add a decorative touchContinue to 17 of 25 below.
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Swap the Bed for a Pull-Out Sofa
To make your guest room more functional and comfortable as a home office, swap the bed for a pull-out couch, like this office guest room from Curated Nest Interiors.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Paint It White
In this light and airy blue-and-white guest room from Kate Marker Interiors, a painted white desk beneath the window practically disappears, and a comfortable upholstered armchair blends in with the decor.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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Build a Nook
If your guest room has a random nook you're not sure what to do with, give it a sense of purpose by building in a desk station, like this minimalist Southern California office guest room from interior designer and real estate agent Julian Porcino.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Try a Sleek Black Metal Desk
This office guest room from Fantastic Frank has a black metal and glass-topped desk with a coordinating chair that adds some graphic lines to this neutral white and gray bedroom.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Wide taupe-and-white stripes on the walls of office guest room from Karen B Wolf Interiors makes the space feel more expansive. The desk, chair, bed, and decor accessories add some style while keeping the overall neutral tones of the room.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Add Comfy Seating
While an ergonomic desk chair is the best option for long hours of stationary work, using more comfortable upholstered chairs will create a cozy spot to do punctual work from home. This guest room from Matthew Carter Interiors is equipped with a small antique writing desk that is positioned to create a little reading table for two, a place for tea breaks, or a couples-friendly work-from-home option.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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This Stockholm guest room from Fantastic Frank is the epitome of bare bones Scandi minimalism. With a simple bed, undecorated white walls, hardwood floors, a simple wood desk and chair, and an abundance of natural light, it's a zero-distraction zone that eliminates distractions and encourages focus.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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Try a Tufted Ottoman
This guest room office from Jessica Lagrange Interiors has a spacious bedside table desk and tufted ottoman that offers guests a place to rest their bones that isn't the bed. The room can serve as a quiet spot for Zoom calls or short work sessions when guests aren't in town. Or if working from home becomes a more frequent proposition, you can tuck the ottoman under the desk and bring in an office chair without changing the layout.Continue to 25 of 25 below.