Occasional Guest Bedroom Designs – Tips and Ideas

How To Design Your Own Bedroom

You may think that well thought out bedroom designs can be skipped when it comes to the guest or spare bedroom, but if people are going to be using it (your guests for example) it’s certainly worth putting a little thought and effort into it.

A world-famous hotelier is reputed to commission the decoration of his hotel bedrooms only after the interior designer has produced a mock-up of the proposed scheme and after he, the hotel group president, has slept in the sample room for 2 nights. These are extreme measures for a host to take to ensure the comfort of his guests, but should we do anything less for the enjoyment of our personal visitors?

Multi Use Bedroom Designs

Few households these days can afford to dedicate bedroom space for the exclusive use of a sporadic guest. Space in many houses will simply not permit it and, more often than not, this room will have to double up with some other function. A study or dressing room could probably most easily be converted to serve this additional purpose with the minimum of disruption, or perhaps a little-used dining room might be considered.

Whichever space is selected, take care not to compromise the room’s main purpose to any degree for the sake of the occasional visitor. With clever planning it should be possible to devise a room to take on both roles without difficulty.

Should you ever wish to issue an impromptu invitation for an overnight stay, it is important that the room can be readied quickly – no guests like to think that they are putting a host/hostess to any trouble. The conversion therefore needs to be achieved without major furniture movements or storage adjustments.

Bedroom Interior Design Ideas

Beds, when not in use, can be disguised in a variety of ways:

  • Convertible chair- and sofa-beds are sold in their thousands and are extremely popular, but be aware that some seating comfort may be compromised by the bed mechanism.
  • The fold-away type which emerges, ready-made, from a wall cupboard is easy to erect and is unobtrusive when not in use.
  • A fold-up camp bed is cheap and useful for visiting children, but may not offer sufficient comfort for an adult. There is also the problem of housing the bed when it is not in use.
  • A day bed is for many the most satisfactory solution. When dressed with bolsters during the day, it provides useful seating and can be handsomely draped for decorative impact. Bedding may be contained within drawers beneath the divan or in a separate blanket box or chest.
  • If your need is to provide for two guests, one of the best solutions is a bed with collapsible legs which slips beneath a second bed when not required.

Lighting in this dual-purpose room needs to be carefully thought through if it is to serve both uses adequately. Incorporating free-standing lights such as table lamps and standard lamps will allow you to make swift minor adjustments to your arrangement. Always ensure that there is some form of lighting which can be switched from the bedside.

A wash basin in a guest room is a boon, giving independence to the guest and relieving pressure on a family bathroom. A nearby radiator could have a temporary rack attached for holding towels and a folding screen might be employed to hide the basin when it’s not in use.

If the dual role of the room is to be disguised, good storage will be needed. A desk in a study might house stationery, and when the room is required as a bedroom, this could be covered with a full length cloth and a mirror placed on top for use as a dressing table.

Where there is no room for a wardrobe, a coat stand or hooks on the back of a door should suffice for the short stayer. Somewhere will be needed to set down a suitcase. A folding luggage rack, painted to co-ordinate with your scheme and crossed with pretty braid, is an ideal solution.

Garden Decoration From Junk by Leeann MacKenzie

In recent years, flea markets, junk yards, garage and yard sales, basements and attics have all been recognized as treasure chests. These places are home to antiques, memorabilia and junk. For the people who have a vision of resurrecting cast-offs found in these places, The book Garden Decoration From Junk is one to read before setting out on your quest. The book will certainly brings new meaning to container gardening and garden accessories!

A little imagination, along with the unique suggestions from the pages of this book and your yard will have a character like no other. The operative word here is imagination and after reading this book, you will chastise yourself for throwing out some perfectly good garden accessories. Everything from tin cans to car springs and cutlery can be incorporated into your outdoor setting. Your deck, patio and yard can have unique pieces that will not be found at the local garden and yard decorating centers.

Visualize old garden tools as a support for clematis, scarlet runner beans or sweet peas. Metal containers such as pots, buckets and tin cans housing your herbs. Books and foot wear that have been damaged beyond repair or restoration once again come alive and will become the center of conversation when used as planters.

This book provides an abundance of pictures that will give you every opportunity to invent an end product that would add personality to your decor both inside and out.

The old adage that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure is confirmed in page after page in this intriguing book by Leeann MacKenzie.

Selecting Outdoor Living Patio Furniture For Home Decoration

A complete home is one which apart from having well furnished rooms and luxurious facilities also has a beautiful patio which is well decorated and replete with some basic amenities. Outdoor patio furniture has now become an essential thing. And to cater to this need various new outdoor products are now available in the outdoor living stores. These outdoor patio stores offer varied range of options in different categories including size, quality and cost. One can easily find outdoor living products suited to different size of terrace or patio. This furniture enhances the joy of owning a patio. But while choosing particular outdoor patio furniture for home decoration three factors viz. comfort, versatility and effective application should be taken into consideration. Also the choice should be made in context with the size of the patio and its styling. This is very important because a bad choice can make your outdoor living product look like a misfit in the surrounding.

Different types of outdoor living patio furniture

Some of the outdoor living patio furniture options currently in vogue are Hammocks, Bistro sets, Benches, Settees and Gliders, Kids outdoor furniture, outdoor tables, umbrellas and bases, Outdoor Lounges and chairs, Patio furniture cushions and pillows, Screen rooms and other shelters.

Hammocks- No patio is complete without a hammock. The old and young alike, both have a fancy for it. Lot of variety is available in this type of outdoor product range. It includes various kinds of Hammock Poly rope swing, Hammock hang HDW pack and SGL Hammock stand and much more.

Bistro sets- Polished, elegant and embellished Bistro sets enliven the ambience of a patio. Glass top or textured wood top, both look good if matched with other furniture in the patio. Bucktown Bistro set, English Ivy Bistro set, Bridgeview balcony set and Uptown Balcony set are some of the Bistro sets which have high demand in the market.

Outdoor Lounges and chairs- One of the mostly used outdoor products are outdoor Lounges and chairs. The most common products in this range are Wood chairs, Folding chairs, Wrought iron chairs, Wicker and Resin chairs, Aluminum and Steel chairs.

Outdoor tables- An outdoor table is common outdoor living patio furniture. Even in houses where the patio is not decorated enough, an outdoor table is kept in the center or at the corner. The various types of outdoor tables available in the outdoor living stores are Picnic tables, Wood tables, Wicker and Resin tables, Wrought Iron tables, Steel and Aluminum tables.

Patio furniture cushion and pillow- This includes a vast range of covers for various chairs and tables and also decorative cushions and pillows to give colorful and decorated look to the patio. The range in this section comprises of Table cover of different sizes, chair covers, Wick chair cover, Chaise cover and pillows and cushions in varied colors and sizes.