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For many people, having a separate guest bedroom with a dedicated bed just for overnight company is prohibited by space. If you live in an apartment or have a small home, you probably use every inch of space for daily living. Even if you don't have an official guest quarters, you can still have guest spend the night with these guest bed ideas.

The Multipurpose Guest Room

  • If you have a guest room that doubles as an office, den or craft room, you may not have the space in it for a traditional bed. Don't worry, you can still keep the room functional and stylish while providing a convenient bed.

    Common beds for multipurpose rooms are day beds, sleeper sofas or futon sofas. These allow you to keep the bed against a wall, opening the room for daily use and making the bed itself useful in the room. A sofa in a den is both common and practical.

    If you plan on placing a small guest bed in the room, consider a bed that also contains a trundle bed underneath. This creates more sleeping space for visiting family or friends that is hidden most of the time under the primary guest bed. Trundles are also popular for children's rooms to make sleepovers easier.

Camp-Style Guest Beds

  • Camp-style guest beds refer to items you place on the floor that serve as a guest bed. You can keep foam chairs that unfold into a mattress. These are popular designs that allow you to use the chair or sofa until you need it for sleeping.

    Another choice is an inflatable mattress. These generally come with pumps that inflate them within minutes. You can get these in a variety of sizes: full, queen or king. They also come in a variety of heights so that once the "bed" is made, your guest may not be able to tell that there is no actual bed underneath.

Creative Solutions

  • If you are really stuck on space, you may need to be creative when it comes to guest beds. If you have a loft with eaves, you an create loft bed in an area that isn't readily visible. Just make sure your guests aren't afraid of heights. Hidden beds under staircases or behind a wall are also an old-fashioned solution to maximizing space and keeping guest comfortable.

    There are also some creative solutions available, such as a convertible desk. This item takes a standard desk unit that can unfold into a desk. It is a creative way to keep the mattress out of the way and use the space functionally whenever you don't need the bed. When you do, the desk portion rolls out or rotates into a hidden area and the bed slides into place.

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