Give your guest room a primary purpose, and create a library or study that doubles up as a cozy place for visitors to sleep. A bank of low-rise bookshelves gives you lots of space for books and a platform for displaying artwork. When you use open storage, everything is on show and it’s all room decoration – including the books! We’ve gone for the natural library look but you could have fun playing around with different ways to organize them: by height, by author, even by colour.
With the sofa bed pulled out and made up, your visitors will be impressed at the welcome that awaits them. And, with reading lamps and a library on hand, they’ll never be stuck for something to read at night.
A useful extra seat, a soft support for your legs. Footstools are a good all-rounder. Get one with hidden storage and you’ll be able to stash a secret set of fresh bed linen, ready for your next overnight guests.