Having a guest room at home to accommodate friends, relatives, and other guests is one of the most satisfying parts of ‘adulting’. Apart from being a fantastic bonding opportunity with people who’d rather sleep at your house than pay for an expensive hotel, it’s also a great way to make some extra cash on the side by renting that guest room out via Airbnb. So without further ado, here are a bunch of practical and space-saving ways to increase the sleeping capacity of your guest room as well as the other rooms in your house:
Pullout and Murphy Beds Create Sleeping Areas Using Minimal Space
Pullout beds are wheeled bed frames or bed frame attachments that allow you to keep a spare mattress tucked right under a regular bed. Just pull it out to accommodate one or two extra people and push it back under the bed frame when it’s not in use. Some pullout bed designs are built right into the bed frame, but there’s also the option of getting a pullout bed attachment for existing regular bed frames – just make sure you get one in a size that’s compatible to the bed that you already have at home.
Murphy beds are kind of like pullout beds, but instead of having wheels so they can be pulled in and out from under bed frames, they have hinges and frames that allow them to be pulled down and out from specialized closets. Some murphy beds are even built straight into walls, allowing them to be completely hidden when not in use.
Pullout beds are best for increasing the sleeping capacity of existing guest rooms in your home. Meanwhile, murphy beds can be easily used to create sleeping spaces in areas not usually reserved for guests. Thanks to the clever way that murphy beds are hidden and deployed, you can use them to turn living rooms, family rooms, and even study rooms into instant accommodations for your guests.
Give Hammocks a Chance
They’re not just for hippies and campers anymore. Hammocks are the ultimate cheap, space-saving, and instantly deployable sleeping option. The best part is that you can install them virtually anywhere: all you need are two strong anchor points in the form of wall-mounted hardware or two of your home’s structural pillars and your guests will be all set.
If you’re concerned about guests suffering from backaches after sleeping in hammocks, all you need to do is hang them tightly. While small, flimsy, and loosely hung hammocks tend to result in back problems, properly hung hammocks can actually result in better and uninterrupted sleep by eliminating tossing and turning while keeping the back in a consistently healthy position.
Try the Tatami Mat and Futon Combination
Standard japanese tatami mats are usually made using a combination of rush straw and plain cloth, resulting in a breathable and tough surface that’s also soft enough for sleep. While they’re traditionally used as flooring in japanese homes, there are different kinds of tatami mats intended for different purposes. For instance, there’s the judo tatami that’s made of polymer instead of straw, allowing it to be able to withstand the impact that comes with practicing judo moves. There’s also the oki tatami aka unit tatami, a type of tatami mat especially designed for use on the hardwood floors of western-type rooms.
If your guests don’t mind sleeping on the floor, placing a japanese futon (or any type of quilted mattress) on any of these tatami mats can instantly create a comfortable sleeping space for guests. And when they’re not in use, simply roll up the futon and pick-up the lightweight tatami mats for easy storage. Just make sure that you regularly vacuum your tatami mats and keep them away from moisture as they’re quite susceptible to developing mold and mildew. If you live in an especially humid area, store your tatami mats with desiccant gel packs designed to absorb moisture to prolong their service life (usually 5 to 6 years).