Let's talk about guest rooms

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Let's talk about guest rooms...


Lots of folks are reclaiming their home offices, these days, as they move from bulky desktop computers to laptops and tablets. Are you?

In many cases, the former home office can easily and inexpensively be repurposed as a guest room by using a little imagination and perhaps some furnishings and decorator items you already own.


How to make a GREAT Guest Room:Guest Room 1

Your likely guest(s). A guest room for adults will probably look very different from a room prepared for your grandchildren to sleep over several times a month. Start by identifying your likely guest(s) because that will influence everything from your room color to your choice of furnishings and accessories. 

An empty room. Empty the room and closet of clutter and existing furniture so you can clean thoroughly and update as needed: fresh paint, new (or at least cleaned) carpet or flooring, new (or freshly cleaned) windows and window coverings, adequate lighting, etc.

Furnishings and home decor -  Repurpose existing furniture and/or accessories to minimize the expense of creating a guest room in your home. Furniture in the guest room pictured above was previously used in the master bedroom but a few new decorator touches reflect the local area, which is just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean beaches.

Dedicated bedding and towels. Go ahead and splurge by purchasing new bed and bath linens for the exclusive use of your guests. While you're at it, get some basic toiletries to have on hand for your guests: toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, soap, mouth wash, sun screen and anything else you think they may need while staying at your home.

Details, details, details.  Your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness if you make room for a comfy chair in the guest room and pay attention to other details such as good lighting, coasters on the bedside tables, alarm clock, an iHome or charger for electronic devices, a trash can, coat hangers and hanging space in the closet, even reading material and bottled water. 


If you no longer use your home office, imagine how nice it would be convert that space into to a guest room. 

It just might be an ideal place for you to hide out with that new laptop or tablet to work in a clean, uncluttered quiet space!

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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Margaret,  Boy did I enjoy reading this ... and have a list of people I'd like to send it to. When we have guests in our home they deserve to have all the accommodations and not be left to their own devices to find things they may need  ... like hangers, towels, etc.

Sep 13, 2015 10:16 AM #1
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I did exactly this and have so enjoyed it for my guests, complete with their private bath.

Sep 13, 2015 10:32 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Margaret- I wish all 'hosts" would follow your post.  I also spend the night in my guest room to make sure everything is there that needs to be.  

Sep 13, 2015 10:54 AM #3
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Margaret Woda, thanks for the tips on having an inviting guest room

Sep 13, 2015 11:50 AM #4
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Margaret Woda 

Really great tips thanks for the post. Have a wonderful week. 

Sep 13, 2015 04:37 PM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Making rooms to be used comfortably whatever their purpose makes good sense...a comfort to the residents or guests.

Sep 13, 2015 09:11 PM #6
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Margaret - After 20 years in my home, I finally finished off the guest room. Makes irt so much more inviting. I think I waited long enough that no one will use it now! Great post!

Sep 14, 2015 12:13 AM #7
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I like your way of thinking, Margaret. Your guests must feel right at home. Nice post. 

Sep 26, 2015 10:54 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

These are great suggestions for a guest room.

Thanks for sharing your tips.

Oct 21, 2015 02:52 AM #9
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Margaret, one of the things I actually would forget to do, was to have some sort of area for them to sit, or to put a suitcase on, or just drape their clothing and toiletries that they would like to keep in their room rather than in the guest bath. 

Wonderful and unusual post!

Dec 22, 2015 09:43 AM #10
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Margaret Woda Timely and useful information! Linda's second bedroom has a murphy bed and will be able to double as her hobby room. 

Apr 21, 2016 07:39 AM #11
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