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The Guest Room-Office Combo: 5 Tips to Make the Most of a Small Space

Bright Home Office and Guest RoomIf you’re similar to many people, you don’t have plenty of extra space in your single-family Albany rental home. When you’re not using your guest room as a guest room, it can be difficult to determine what to do with it. Instead of letting the room sit empty, why not turn it into an office? Still, combining a guest room and an office can be a real challenge, especially if the room is small. Here are five tips on how to make the most out of your guest room/office combination!


Think Non-Traditional

While your guest room certainly requires a bed, your office probably doesn’t. So become creative with your furniture! A sofa sleeper, Murphy bed, or futon can quickly do double duty in a guest room and workspace. Likewise, if you don’t have a lot of space for a traditional desk, consider using a small table or a bookshelf as your workspace.


Convert for Improved Functionality

If your guest room has a closet, think about converting it to a built-in workspace that you can close off when the visitors show up. This is hugely beneficial if you don’t have a separate guest room and office. A few shelves, a desk, and some good lightings are all you need to get started!


Store with Décor

Another vital aspect to consider in a combined guest room/office is storage. If you plan to use the room as an office, you’ll need somewhere to store all your office supplies. An ideal method to accomplish this is to invest in elegant storage containers that can double as decoration. Your guests won’t be able to see your storage containers when you’re not using the room as an office.


Make it Comfortable

Though you want to make your guest room comfortable for your guests, you must also design a space that works for you. It’s important to make sure that your guest room/office combo is a space that you feel comfortable working in. If it’s too cluttered or messy, you’ll never want to spend any time there! So take some time to declutter and organize the space until it feels like a place you can focus and be productive.


Light It Up

Another excellent technique to combine a guest room and an office is to use natural light. Keep light sources open to help brighten dim corners and give sufficient light for your work sessions. As a result, the room will feel more open and airy, and it can also be good for your productivity levels. If you are lacking a lot of natural light, you may want to consider purchasing some quality task lighting to help brighten things up. Your guest will also appreciate a light and airy room to stay in!

It’s easy to turn your guest room/office combo into a functional and stylish space that you and your guests will enjoy! Who knows, you might even find that you end up using it more as an office than a guest room. In any event, it’s a terrific method to make the most out of a small space.


Unquestionably, if you’ve outgrown your current rental house, it may be best to upgrade to a larger one. We have various great rental listings maintained by local Albany property managers who have your best interest in mind. Browse our listings online today!

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