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7 Tips to Create a Hybrid Office Guest Bedroom

Castlery   |   Jan 12, 2024

In the dynamic landscape of contemporary living, where spaces often serve multiple functions, the concept of a hybrid office guest bedroom has gained prominence.

But, creating a working space that doubles as a cosy space for family and friends isn’t all that simple. It’s important to strike a good balance between a highly functional workspace and a bedroom to relax in!

That said, let’s dive deeper into how you can create a space where functionality meets aesthetics to make the most out of the space.

7 tips for creating a hybrid office bedroom

Find the sweet spot when space planning

Space planning is the foundational step in creating a hybrid office guest bedroom that seamlessly accommodates work and leisure. The key is to strike a balance that allows for productivity in the office area while providing comfort and functionality in the guest bedroom zone.

When planning the layout, consider creating distinct zones in the room. This can be achieved through strategic furniture placement or room dividers.

For example, position the desk against a wall to clearly define the workspace, and place the bed in a cosy corner for a more private guest area.

A person sitting on a chair with padded seats at a wooden desk. @babybushwhacked flushes the Seb Desk against the wall. Also pictured: The Seb Chair in Dark Graphite.

Alternatively, you can use cabinets as makeshift dividers to separate the sleeping area from the work area.

Maximise functionality with multi-purpose furniture

Invest in versatile furniture pieces that serve multiple purposes to make the most out of the office guest bedroom.

Wall-mounted desks can maximise floor space, providing a dedicated workspace without dominating the room. Choose desks that come with built-in drawers or compartments to keep your work area organised and uncluttered.

A king-sized bed in the middle of the room and two built-in desks. @buildwith.ben creates a hybrid office bedroom with built-in desks and storage. Pictured: The Joseph Bed.

Sofa beds are also a game-changer in such rooms, as they serve as a seating area for your home office meetings, and then easily convert into a bed when needed.

Layer lighting for ambiance and productivity

In a room where both work and relaxation coexist, figuring out the best lighting can be tricky. If it's too bright, it doesn’t provide the best environment for relaxing and winding down; too dark and you’ll strain your eyes when working.

The best approach would be to combine different types of lighting sources to create a well-balanced and visually appealing atmosphere in a room.

Consider overhead fixtures such as ceiling-mounted or recessed lights to evenly distribute light throughout the space. This provides ambient lighting that serves as the foundational layer that ensures a comfortable level of brightness.

Place task lighting where it's needed most - such as on the desk or by an armchair. Bedside lamps or wall-mounted reading lights are great for providing targeted illumination for reading or working.

A person painting on a wooden desk with a lamp. @sarah_louwho places a lamp on the Seb Desk to illuminate tasks.

Don’t forget about the natural sunlight too! Use sheer curtains to diffuse harsh sunlight and create a soft, inviting glow.

Recommended read: The Best Lighting for Every Room in Your Home

Provide the perfect backdrop with neutral colours

Neutral colours, such as whites, greys, beiges, and muted tones, provide a neutral backdrop that seamlessly accommodates various design elements in an office guest bedroom. These colours are also more soothing, fostering a welcoming environment for focused work and providing a tranquil space for guests to unwind.

Here are some recommended neutral colours for the hybrid office guest bedroom:

  • White: Soft whites create a clean and airy feel, while off-whites add a touch of warmth
  • Beige: Beige is a classic choice for a timeless took that adds a subtle touch of sophistication
  • Muted earthy tones: Earthy tones like muted greens, blues, or browns bring in nature-inspired colours without overwhelming the space
  • Subdued pastels: Pastels are great for introducing colour into the room while remaining neutral

A bed with a bouclé frame and two wooden bedside tables against a grey wall. @tammi.tmb creates a limewashed wall in the bedroom. Pictured: The Joseph Bouclé Bed Set.

Keep the space organised with storage solutions

In a dual-function bedroom, it can get cluttered quickly. Documents and chargers are fighting for storage space with clothing and extra bedding.

That’s why effective storage solutions are essential for maintaining a clutter-free and organised hybrid office guest bedroom.

Install floating shelves above the desk or bed. This provides additional storage for office supplies, books, or decorative items without taking up valuable floor space.

Invest in bed frames with built-in storage or utilise storage bins that can slide under the bed. This space-efficient solution is ideal for storing guest linens, seasonal clothing, or office supplies.

A storage bed with its drawers open to reveal extra bedding and throws. The Dalton Storage Bed features deep built-in drawers to keep clutter at bay. Picture credits: @jessicaannereed

Bring the outdoors in with natural elements

Incorporating natural elements in a hybrid office guest bedroom involves integrating elements from the outdoors to enhance the overall atmosphere. They add a touch of freshness and vibrancy to the space.

Choose low-maintenance plants like succulents, snake plants, or pothos that thrive in indoor environments. Place them on windowsills or shelves, or use hanging planters to maximise space.

A matching bed frame and bedside table set with checkered bed sheets. @simplymodernliving adds greenery to breathe freshness into the bedroom. Pictured: The Seb Bedroom Set.

Consider furniture pieces made from natural materials, like wooden furniture, to bring warmth, texture, and a natural aesthetic to the space.

Choose comfortable seating options

A comfortable seating area in the hybrid office guest bedroom can serve multiple purposes. Comfortable seating in the office area promotes a conducive environment for work and provides a welcoming and relaxing environment for guests.

If you have the space for it, a comfortable reading nook with a plush armchair or chaise lounge provides a dedicated space for relaxation, reading, or enjoying a cup of coffee. Place a cosy chair near a window or in a corner with good lighting. Add a side table for books or a reading lamp to create a perfect reading spot.

If space is limited, consider a desk chair that’s comfortable enough for work and lounge for added flexibility in the room’s layout. For example, a chair with padded seats or an armchair with wheels can easily be transitioned between work and relaxation.

A person sitting on an armchair reading a book at a desk. The Paloma Bouclé Armchair in Snow at @koshimbetova’s work area can double up as a relaxation chair in a cosy reading nook. Also pictured: The Seb Desk.

Creating a hybrid office guest bedroom is an artful blend of practicality and design. By implementing these tips, you can achieve a seamless fusion of work and hospitality, transforming your space into a versatile haven that adapts to your ever-changing needs.

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