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This 11x11-foot guest room offers an elegant welcome, with ceiling-mounted linen valances and draperies over two twin beds. Instead of more draperies at the windows, Roman shades provide privacy and light control. Between the beds, an early-19th-century French commode with its original paint serves as a nightstand. Lamps provide reading light for each bed.
If your guest room leads a double life--as your home office or studio, for example --a daybed is a practical option. Piled with pillows, this tailored, raffia-covered daybed is topped with a faux-leather coverlet and can serve as casual seating.
When guests come to stay, pull up a side table to serve as a nightstand, stow half of the pillows, and your guest bed is ready.
This stylish wood-frame sofa is actually a trundle bed in disguise. The box frame below the sofa rolls out to reveal a twin mattress. The seat cushion on the sofa is also firm enough for sleeping. Side tables with matching lamps serve as nightstands when guests come.
To make your guests feel welcome, give them space to put everything they bring. The movable bed-tray at the end of this bed offers a spot to stow the suitcase, and the bedside tables are clear of clutter.
Leave some books and magazines in the room in case they like to read before going to sleep.
Make over a bedroom for under $1000 and make a special space for guests in the process. Freshen beige walls with a coat of light green paint. Fashion a headboard by stretching artists' canvas over a frame and hand-painting a stylized design.
Buy a large sisal rug and paint it with a checkerboard design using acrylic crafts paints. Bring in a flea-market daybed and slipcover an old chair to provide guest room seating. An end-of-bed bench serves as a luggage rack. Keep an extra blanket in a basket under the bench.
Decorating cues for the guest bedroom can come from your home's location. In this house by the ocean, maritime toiles and sea-horse-embellished pillows add a covert coastal touch. The lamp base resembles a shell, a subtle reference to the magnificent ocean view outside. Downy comforters adorn the faux-bamboo twin beds, and London shades soften the windows.
Hand-painted twin beds framed in creamy sheer curtains convey romantic cottage style in this guest room. Falling from valances edged in fringe, the curtains provide a plain block of color to show off the painted headboards and bird prints.
A wall sconce illuminates each bed and emphasizes the sense of snug enclosure. An old-fashioned telephone on the nightstand adds to the vintage charm.
Daybeds often look like converted twin beds and can look out of place when added to a contemporary home--but not this one. This daybed boasts a shape that combines the clean, straight lines of contemporary styling and the detailing of fine upholstered furniture.
Handsome wing-chair-style headboards give these twin beds the appearance of formal chaises. Chair-and-a-half sleepers and love seat sleepers also offer furniture-style good looks while performing double duty as guest beds. Test the mattresses before you buy to make sure your guests will sleep comfortably.
This guest suite above a detached garage enjoys ocean views and unfettered light. Blue walls and blue upholstery combine with white trimwork and bedding to invoke a sea-and-sky theme. The king-size bed is dressed in white linens and the sofa in white denim.
A suite like this becomes a home away from home. Make sure the bath is well stocked with essentials--towels, wash cloths, soap, and toilet tissue along with small bottles of shampoo and tubes of toothpaste.
Pulling furniture away from the walls to create conversational groupings is standard advice for living rooms, and it works in guest rooms too. These beige upholstered daybeds are ready to welcome weary travelers, but stripped of the bed linens they're backless sofas perfect for cocktail-party socializing.
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