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How to make space for guests in a small home

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Accommodating guests can be challenging if you have a small home or don't have a guest room. However, with some preparation and a few changes around the house, you won't have to worry about your guests being uncomfortable anymore. Today we would like to share with you some simple tips on how you can make more space for guests sleeping over at your home. Having guests over can be much more fun when you're not stressed over how you are going to accommodate them comfortable in your home. This is why you should read our article and prepare your home appropriately. The tips here can be applied to any type of home, even a studio apartment, because no home is too small for family and friends. We hope you will be inspired to try some of the ideas here and that it will make the your time spent with your guests much more enjoyable.  

1. Avoid using cupboards

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MAD DESIGN

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MAD DESIGN

Cupboards, closets and bulky wardrobes can take up a lot of space in a room, and your guests probably won't be needing a whole cupboard to store their clothes and belongings either, so it's best to avoid using bulky furniture as much as possible. Instead, you can use wall hooks, wall-mounted clothing racks or fold-able clothing racks to make your guests feel more at home—this way, they can unpack their bags and settle in comfortably. For more ideas, please refer to our article titled save space with hidden storage.

2. Keep an air mattress handy

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A Design Studio

Most living rooms are large enough to accommodate at least a single mattress, so keep an air mattress handy. Air mattresses are great  because they can folded up neatly and stored away without taking up much space. Don't forget the air pump though, or you might get quite breathless making the bed for your guests! Futons are also another great idea as they can be rolled up and put away or used as floor seating as well.  

3. Invest in a sofa bed

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MAD DESIGN

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MAD DESIGN

Although you may not need it now, we assure you there will come a time when you will be very happy that you invested in a sofa bed. Basically a sofa bed can be used as a sofa and a bed, when it is pulled out. Multi-functional furniture like sofa beds are very effective space-saving solutions and we assure you that you won't regret your decision of investing in space-efficient furniture. For more inspiration, here are the latest sofa bed trends for 2018.

4. Rearrange furniture

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Designism

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Designism

Sometimes all you need to do is move some things around and rearrange the furniture in order to make a lot more space in your home. It may take some time and patience to figure out through trial and error and moving furniture around which is the arrangement that will make your home the most spacious, but it's definitely time and effort worth investing. If you can't figure it out, you could also consult with one of our local professional interior designers at homify India. For more ideas, please also read 7 tricks from the expert: how to save space at home.

5. Make use of floor space

Residence: eclectic Living room by Designism
Designism

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Designism

Give your living room a breath of fresh air and save space with a youthful bohemian look which maximizes floor space. Bulky sofas can take up a lot of space in a small living room. A space-saving alternative is to simply  place some comfy mats and rugs on the floor with lots of cushions, which can be used as a sofa and a bed for guests as well. 

We hope the tips here have been helpful. For more ideas like this, you can refer to 6 sneaky ideas to make the most of a small living space.

Do you have any other ideas on how to accommodate guests in a small home? 
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