Swing Rooms Are In. Here’s How to Use One
Guest rooms are an amazing home amenity...for guests. The question is, What’s in it for you? Allow us to suggest tweaking that spare room to serve a dual purpose (with the Lady of the Manor’s interests in mind). Here, eight inspiring ideas for a swing room that you will truly enjoy for those other, you know, 355 days of the year.
We’re a firm believer that there is in fact no such thing as too many books. But your downright massive collection needs its own room at this point. Add a tailored sleeper to the setting and guests will have a chic, and scholarly, place to retreat.
If you outfit baby's room with a comfy daybed (and keep a portable crib tucked in your bedroom closet for impromptu visitors), there's no reason your beautifully decorated nursery can’t double as a proper guest room for Aunt Mildred when necessary. Stuffed animal sweep, done.
Family Room/Guest Room
Keep your formal living room feeling formal by moving your full entertainment center to the spare room for a more casual living space. Adding a comfy sleeper sofa or sectional will make for an easy transition when guests come to town.
Yoga Studio/Guest Room
A room dedicated entirely to your health? What a novel (and stylish) idea. Whether used as a yoga studio or simply a quiet meditation space, with the addition of a divan and perhaps some extra-overstuffed bedrolls, this layout can easily morph into slumber party central.
Dressing Room/Guest Room
Your girlhood dream was to have a room full of clothes to dress up and twirl around in. So tell us, ye of the fortuitous flex room, what’s stopping you?
Craft Room/Guest Room
Wouldn't it be swell if your hobbies had a room of their own (read: weren’t spread out all over the dining table?). Feel free to work your crafts into the room’s decor—just make sure to put a thoughtful organization system in place and keep things nice and tidy.
Drawing Room/Guest Room
Formal drawing rooms became a thing in the 1600s, when high-profile guests (or tired hosts) needed a private room to retreat to and sip a cocktail. If old-world charm is your thing, consider styling this cozy but fancy room for intimate entertaining. With an antique daybed or extra long chaise in the mix, it can easily make a posh pad for sleeping off that third martini.
This winning combo is popular for a reason—it’s endlessly versatile. Whatever sleeping option you go with (futon, foldout or daybed), you can still carve out a nook for a peaceful, productive workstation. (Bonus points for super-convenient WFH nap breaks.)