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Study room with a table, chair and lounge.
These 10 tips will help you convert a workspace into a cosy bedroom quickly and easily.

Double-duty: study to spare room

With hybrid working here to stay, many rooms have to be multitaskers. If your spare room has been converted into a home office, we have a few tips to help you swap it from functional workspace to welcoming guest room swiftly and easily.

1. Get the right bed

The most important element of a good guest room is, of course, a comfortable bed. Opt for a sofa bed or daybed, which can be used for seating on a workday and easily converted into a cosy bed when visitors call.

 Bedroom featuring a single sofa bed with green and timber decor accessories

2. Soften up the surroundings

Amp up the comfort factor to create an inviting space –– rugs underfoot, cushions and throws, potted plants, etc. These homey touches will also make for a more pleasant and calming workspace, too.

3. Choose a desk with drawers

A slimline desk can be quickly changed into a dressing table when company calls. Choose a desk with a drawer to stash paperwork, and keep the surface clear when not in use. 

4. Swap out the desk chair

A cushioned office chair in a nice fabric or pretty colour sets a softer tone for an office-bedroom hybrid. Or just swap out the study seat for an occasional chair for instant relaxation.

5. Mix-and-match wall décor 

Centre a sturdy wall hook over the desk and use it to hang a pinboard for workdays, then swap that for a mirror to complete a guest room dressing table set-up.

A blue and green themed moodboard on a timber desk

6. Utilise lidded boxes

From paperwork to Post-its, pens to devices, pack it all away in tidy, lidded boxes after work. If guests call at short notice, you can stack the boxes out of the way in seconds.

7. Section off the wardrobe

Divide the wardrobe to define the double-duty nature of the room. Reserve one side for your guests’ needs, keeping hanging rails free for their clothes and tucking linens (towels, a blanket for cold nights, etc.) into drawers. The other side can be kept free for stashing work clutter.

Tip: Stock one side of the wardrobe with guest essentials like spare toiletries, and don’t forget to have empty hangers at-the-ready!

Stackable containers, a suitcase, clothing and linen in a built-in wardrobe

8. Think square

Cube storage lets you fill some cubes with inserts to hide clutter, and devote others to open shelves for display-worthy items. Balance style and functionality with a mix of clutter-corralling fabric inserts and beautiful books and objects.

9. Light it right

For a warm, welcoming mood, ambient light is key. Consider this when choosing your task lighting – furnish your desk with a pretty shaded lamp that still casts enough light for working.

10. Be storage savvy

Demand more from your furnishings by looking for opportunities for extra storage. For example, choose a daybed with drawers underneath or select a coffee table with a shelf.

Tip: A tidy workspace makes for a relaxed mind – and it is easier to pack up in a flash.

Camouflage your home office filing cabinet…

Check out this genius D.I.Y. filing cabinet hack to create a functional home office piece that will work with your guest bedroom décor.


Photo Credit: Cath Muscat

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.