Design Dilemma: Furnishing a Study/Guestroom
Many of us opt to stash guests inÂ a home office which also functions as guestroom.Â The advantage is clear: Since most of the time we don’t have guests,Â we get to use this space for important tasks like paying bills or surfing the net.Â Â We haven’tÂ wasted precious square footageÂ onÂ an event that happens rather infrequently.Â And yet, when that occasional guest does arrive — well, we’re all set!
For those of us who have gone this route, the success of a guestroom/study depends largely on choosing multifunctional pieces thatÂ are compact and easily convertible. If a room is more guestroom than office,Â you might incorporate a small bedside table that can convert into a multifunctional desk unit, complete with space for a laptop.Â On theÂ other hand, Â if the room is more study than guestroom,Â youÂ might opt for a full-size desk that allows you to spread out with computers, papers and books butÂ choose a sleek sofabed or futon to serve as an occassional bed.
Here are some of the cooler options we’ve seen:
The CI Desk from Creative Industrial Objects is a multifunctional desk on wheels.Â Just swivel the top 180 degrees and the unit converts into a small station for laptops. Several wooden drawers opening from the front and sides provide storage for office supplies and papers. When the desk isn’t functioning as a home office it’s just small enough to serve as a bedside table. CIO is a design group based in Vienna, soÂ check their website for current prices and availability in the United States.Â
How about a desk unit that folds down into a bed? It’s a computer-bed dubbed “The Tale” from FlyingBeds.comÂ which specializes in multifunctional murphy beds of the sort that are common in Europe. Â It retails for about $3650. Check out their site for other study/guestroom options.
Loveseats, fold-out chairs, futons and fold-out couches are all excellent multifunctional pieces that can work double-duty in a study/guestroom. And here’s another option: the fold-out ottoman, produced by LucyAu of Montreal.Â Â LucyAu offers several design variations on the pull-out ottoman theme and several of the ottomans pull into full-size beds, not just twins. Contact the manufacturer for prices and availability in the United States.