A spare room is a big asset, whether it be one of your reception rooms or a bedroom you don’t use. Whether you plan to make it into a guest room or a library, these tips can help you make sure you make the most of it in every possible way.
Guest rooms are wonderful, and of course it is important to make sure your guests can enjoy the greatest comfort possible. But using a sofa bed instead of a full-sized bed allows you to save a lot of space. This also means you can use your spare room for other purposes as well when there are no guests around.
Storage will allow you to make full use of the space. As no one will need to put up with it forever, you can have deep cupboards and really make sure the space is maximised. If you plan to use your guest room for other purposes, such as a sewing room or a home office, then plan storage so that you can pack away most, or all of your paraphernalia when your guests are on their way. This means your bits and pieces won’t keep them up at night and you needn’t worry they’ll get into things you’d rather they didn’t.
Keep the room clean alongside the other rooms in your home. Of course, if you only use your guest room sporadically, you could just clean and tidy it when you have guests coming. But this will inevitably cause you to miss a spot and leave dust somewhere embarrassing. It may also kick up a large amount of dust, which could cause respiratory distress in a guest with allergies or asthma.
If you have plans for your spare room that don’t leave room for a sofa to be in the room every day, consider buying a double air mattress. This means you can shove the contents of the room out of the way when you need to, and chuck down an inflatable bed for your guests. Be sure to have a spare set of sheets and a duvet with some pillows ready, so your guests can still be comfortable.
Spare rooms are always lovely to have as they give you a bit more room. Don’t let yours go to waste, but make sure you get every bit of use out of it that you can!