Even if only used once, a guest bedroom has to be ready to accommodate situations like family for the holidays or distant friends visiting for a weekend. Nights where rooms are occupied by household children should not be included. How many nights per years is your guest room used? For many, it’s zero. For some, it’s fifty?
It’s nice to accommodate couples, however, guest rooms are typically smaller bedrooms to start with. Dropping in a queen size bed can work for extra large bedrooms or guest bedrooms that get used more frequently. For the vast majority of spare bedrooms, a queen size bed eats up the majority of the spare bedroom floor space, leaving minimal room for a dresser or chest of drawers.
Trundle beds, daybeds, futons, bunk beds, air beds and other creative solutions can provide a great accommodation at night and easily opens the space by day. For the rest of the 300 plus days per year, imagine the potential of an extra 20 square feet. Maybe the best use of the saved space is leaving it empty for a more comfortable and relaxing environment. How about rt studios, reading room, home office, den, hobby room, game room, aquarium, play room, exercise room, yoga studio, music studio……. Any extra 20 or 40 square feet multiplied by millions of homes is a lot of potentional. What would you do with your extra square feet?