10 Small Guest Room Ideas That Are Larger Than Life

Updated 06/28/18

Raise your hand if you've ever turned your guest bedroom into storage space or a home gym you never ended up using… Spare bedrooms can be a blessing and a curse: an opportunity to host friends and family when they're visiting, but also an extra room to decorate. So how do you make your guest bedroom feel finished, even when it's a tiny space?

Take a lesson from your favorite hotels—sometimes all you need is a few essentials to make people feel at home: adequate lighting, a mirror, fresh bedding, and a little storage space. Are you looking to give your guest room a little love before your next guests arrive? These are our favorite small guest room ideas. Beware—your guests might never want to leave.

Pay Attention to the Nightstand

Small Guest Room Ideas
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No matter how big or small, make sure the guest bedroom nightstand has the essentials: a source of light, and a catchall to throw jewelry or keys.

Add extra touches to the nightstand like a water carafe, a book, or a scented candle, but the essentials (such as a light) have to be there too.

Combo to Try: A midcentury lamp and a brass bowl

Nelson™ Pear Lamp With Stand
Design Within Reach Nelson Pear Lamp With Stand $355
Skultuna Ballerina Bowl $75

Cover the Essentials

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Look around the room for those extra touches that'll make the space extra comfortable: a soft rug to put your feet down on in the morning and a mirror to get your hair under control before heading out for breakfast. A full-length mirror is ideal, but at the very least, a smaller wall-hung mirror will make your guests feel at ease before they venture out of the room.

Combo to Try: a high-pile white rug and a floor-length arched mirror

TRNK Hand-Knotted Textured Wool Rug $349
Arched Floor Mirror 16
CB2 Arched Floor Mirror $249

Give Them Storage Space

Small Guest Room Decorating Ideas
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Storage space is always appreciated when you're staying at someone's house, so try to empty the closets and drawer dressers or add a folding luggage rack to make it easier for guests to unpack. A tray filled with essentials like toothpaste and snacks is also a nice touch that's simple but always appreciated.

Combo to Try: a tallboy dresser and a burlwood tray

Oberlin Tall Chest
CB2 Oberlin Tall Chest $899
Burl Wood Square Tray
CB2 Burl Wood Square Tray $40

Play Double Duty

Small Guest Room Décor Ideas
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Often our guest rooms play double-duty, so don't be afraid of make your space multipurpose by adding shoe storage or a desk. A daybed doubles perfectly as a single bed if you don't have a ton of space. Just ensure that your window treatments reflect the needs of the room. Blackout curtains layered over light-filtering shades will ensure privacy and darkness for your guests, but will also allow light in when you need it.

Combo to Try: a boho daybed with a curtain and shade window treatment

Boho Natural Daybed with Pearl White Mattress Cover
CB2 Boho Natural Daybed $1249
Pottery Barn Bali Cordless Custom Roller Shade $220

Add the Finishing Touches

Guest Room Ideas
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Finally, add the finishing touches that'll give your guests a positive experience: quality fresh bedding and a plant or flowers go a long way in making guests comfortable and giving your room a little panache. Tick all these boxes and your guests will never want to leave.

Combo to Try: simple white linen bedding and a palm plant

Greenery NYC Dracaena Tarzan Bush $225
Parachute Linen Duvet Cover Set $309

Next up: four bedroom lighting ideas that always set the right mood.

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