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guest room play room
My husband and I have lived in three houses since we have been married. We moved from our childhood homes in PA to our new home in the Carolinas and we love it!

Now that we are six hours away, we needed to make sure that we had space for guests when they come to visit. We need space for their things, too. In order to do that, we have turned our playroom into a guest room with our DIY wall bed:
A wall with shelves on each side.

That really works well when our in-laws visit! Then what is the problem? The problem comes when we have more than one couple or person visiting at a time! We needed another space for one more person… enter our daughter’s new ‘big girl bed’. We set up this Sauder bed in our house for her, but it works very nicely as a guest bed, too.

Kids are flexible. They can sleep in sleeping bags, they can share a bed, they can sleep in their siblings rooms (thank goodness for bunk beds and trundle beds!).

You can leave a few drawers empty for your company to have a space to put their things. You can see the drawers in our bed. They make it easy to store things  (more on that below!)
A double bed with a flowered comforter.

I love to change the bedding for the season- here it is in her summer bedding (white and pink). We added a few decals to the Sauder headboard to make it a little more unique to her room…
A twin bed with a high headboard and a girl\'s name on it.

5 more tips for making your room multi-purpose:

1). Use ottomans or use the drawers on the bed (more on that below).
Ottomans are great as seats, and also hide toys and blankets nicely.

2. Keep a basket ready
Have it ready to fill with bath essentials (towels, washcloth, soap…)

3. Invest in shelving.
You want to make as much room on the ground as possible, so place your things on shelves.

4. Have a double-duty piece of furniture.
Like the bed above, that functions as a bed and dresser, I try to do this in our guest room. Have a side table with a drawer to hold a lamp, but also their keys and personal items.

5. Buy a mirror and write a welcome message on it with a dry erase marker.
They can use it to check themselves before they leave the room, but also see your message in the corner as a quick reminder of how welcomed they are to your home.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

While we’re at it, let me tell you how I like to use the drawers in her bed.   Instead of using them to hold clothes, I use them as a toy box!
bed toy box

This is just the easiest way that I have found to not only organize their rooms, but to keep from having large amounts of toys on the floor.   I also don’t like to keep toy boxes where you can see in, so this is a good way to “hide” the toys in her room.

She has 4 drawers, so here is how we use them:
1- Baby dolls
2- stuffed animals
3- misc. toys
4- misc. toys

It keeps her room looking great and it is easy for her to help clean up, because the drawers are low to the ground.

How would you use the drawers in your house?

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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