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Home visit: living room, bed and guest room in one

You don’t need a dedicated guest room to be a great host. Get inspired by these tips to turn a living room into an inviting place to sleep when family and friends stay over.

Double duty, full comfort

Make switching your living room to a guest room easy and fuss-free by picking a sofabed with built-in storage to keep sleep accessories neatly out of the way, but still close to hand. In her open-plan loft apartment, Katarzyna added a GRÄLVIKEN sofabed. Designed with cushions that slide forward and a back that folds down, it transforms to give guests a full-sized double bed for the night.

Sleep comfort

Use bedding to add an extra level of comfort to your guest’s sleep. Consider the difference a duvet makes – one with lyocell, for example, improves comfort as it wicks away sweat. Pick a tog for average warmth and have extra throws ready for colder nights. And choose textiles made of materials that feel great to snuggle under, like cotton and linen.

Multitasking accessories

A side table with storage provides a place to stash away extra textiles which are used during the daytime, and doubles as a bedside table for guests.

A 24/7 room

When Katarzyna and Mikolaj converted their apartment they wanted to keep it open-plan with just one bedroom. The addition of a smart sofabed means that even with a very open floorplan, they can still host guests. “We designed the room to be multifunctional – it’s a place to hang out, eat dinner and, when my brother or friends from other cities stay, it’s also a guest room,” says Katarzyna.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

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Interior stylist: Katie Phillips
Photographer: Nato Welton
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