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Smart small guest room ideas | CB2 Style Files

They’re baaaaack. And by “they,” we mean guests. The holidays are right around the corner, so there’s a good chance you’ll be hosting people in your home in some form or another, including overnight. Whether you’re working with a spare bedroom or a corner of your living area, we’ve got small guest room ideas that will make your guests feel like they’re staying in a boutique hotel — without you having to go into full-on housekeeper mode or feeling like you’re their vacation rental host.

When you have an actual guest room

Smart small guest room ideas | CB2 Style Files
Smart small guest room ideas | CB2 Style Files
Things are easier when you already have a guest bedroom that just needs a little zhuzhing and the addition of a few fancy amenities. First, though, you’ll probably need to clean the space a bit. Don’t deny: most of the year, “guest room” is simply code for “extra storage.”

Once you’ve got those extra items out of the way (even if that means shoving them into a corner in another part of your home), make your guests feel welcome with freshly laundered sheets and towels, space in the closet or dresser for their clothes, a carafe of water on the nightstand and thoughtful touches like a robe and slippers.

When you don’t have an actual guest room

It gets a little bit trickier when you don’t have a dedicated spare bedroom and need your living room to do double duty as guest quarters. But there are ways to pull this off with sophistication and style. Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention.

If you frequently host out-of-towners, it’s worth investing in a sleeper sofa. Luckily, they’re not all the bulky, ugly versions of yore and have improved a ton when it comes to style. Take our Tandom Sofa, which doesn’t betray its secret function until it’s actually set up as a sleeper. Oh, and did we mention it slides into a queen-size bed, to boot?

Smart small guest room ideas | CB2 Style Files
Smart small guest room ideas | CB2 Style Files
Once the sofa is set up for guests, many of the same ideas apply to an impromptu guest room as a full one — but with a few small-space tweaks. Take pieces that normally live in the space and repurpose them for guests, like a bench-turned-amenity station or a storage ottoman that becomes a nightstand. We love providing a stylish acrylic luggage rack for guests’ use, too; it easily folds up and tucks away when not needed.
Smart small guest room ideas | CB2 Style Files
Smart small guest room ideas | CB2 Style Files
Whether guests are staying in your spare room or you’ve transformed your couch into their mini-suite, the same basic principles apply to successfully hosting company. So we created a cheat sheet of small guest room ideas to make your holiday season smooth sailing — or as smooth as it can be if you’ve got extended family under your roof, anyway.

The guest room cheat sheet

  • Fresh sheets and towels, plus a robe and slippers for relaxing
  • A cozy throw in case they’re a cold sleeper or want to curl up
  • Somewhere to store clothes, whether that’s space in a closet or a luggage rack for suitcases
  • A signature scent to enjoy throughout the stay (also makes a great gift to take home)
  • Easy access to the WiFi network ⁠— we like framing the name and password for quick reference
  • Speaking of tech, it’s always nice to provide a phone charger
  • Some sort of bedside storage, like a nightstand or side table
  • Toiletries and amenities like this Grown Alchemist kit
    or a luxe black toothbrush
  • Fresh flowers, if you’re feeling extra fancy
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