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This blog post is sponsored by Mattress Firm and Serta, but the story I’m about to share and all opinions are my own.

I’ve been going round and round with guest room ideas for years. I had all these plans to decorate it “Be Our Guest” themed (you know, like the Disney jam), but at the end of the day I was more interested in having a space to serve as my mom cave than a guest space. Especially, since we don’t have guests stay over that often. I’ve finally landed on some awesome ideas and I’m dishing them today!

My in-laws recently came to visit and though they opted to stay at a nearby hotel (I think the 4-year-old wakeup call didn’t sound like much fun) I was able to pull down the bed for cat naps, and a nice chill out space. Unprompted, both grandma and grandpa commented on the comfortable mattress. This got me thinking that I don’t need an entire room dedicated to guests to make this space work. I could actually transform the space quickly when people come over.

So, I gathered up some supplies to keep handy for when guests do visit, but can easily stow away the other 95% of the time my room is a mom cave. If you’re looking to do the same these ideas can help you feel like a super hospitable host in 10 seconds flat.

Office into a Guest Room Step 1: Connectivity

How to transform an office into a wonderful guest room in seconds. My office murphy bed. Free printables.

What’s the first thing a guest wants to use when they come to your house? No, not the restroom–your Wi-Fi. Keep the password handy either on a note pad, sticky note, or if you want to get fancy you can keep it in a frame to set out when guests come over. If you change the password often just leave a space open to write the new one each month. We created a Wi-Fi guest printable you can download for free.

Step 2: Toiletry jar

How to transform an office into a wonderful guest room in seconds. My office murphy bed. Free printables.

How often do you forget something when you travel? Me? 100% of the time. Your guest could run to the store, but if you stock up on some popular toiletry items like toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, even your most unprepared guests will feel at home. I went a little overboard and also stocked some deodorant, gum, breath mints, and floss… Just in case. But it just got fun to fill.

Step 3: Water bottles

How to transform an office into a wonderful guest room in seconds. My office murphy bed. Free printables. Water bottle labels

I love going to a hotel that has free water bottles in the room. I mean I don’t like paying the premium $7 water fee. Your guests will feel like they’re in a high-class hotel if you hook them up with some bedtime water bottles. Even more so if you add some custom labels to them. We created some you can download for free here! And here is a different style.

Step 4: Comfy mattress

How to transform an office into a wonderful guest room in seconds. My office murphy bed.

A nice mattress will prevent a sleepless night and keep your guests from getting grouchy. It may also leave them wanting to visit again (which depending on your guest this could be great!). We have a Serta iComfort Blue MaxTemp Touch mattress, which is sold exclusively at Mattress Firm.Like I mentioned earlier each of my in-laws, on separate occasions, complimented how comfortable it is. And these are some very fancy-quality people. Our mattress is on a Murphy bed so within 10 seconds my mom cave can transform into a comfortable guest room.

Step 5: Extra chargers

One of my least-favorite things to forget (besides underwear) is a phone charger! They’re expensive to buy on the road, but when you’re prepared to have an extra or two on hand it can mean the world to a guest. Even if they didn’t forget theirs sometimes it’s just nice to have an extra close by their bed.

So, I keep the frame, basket of goodies, charger and water in a basket in the closet. Then when our next guest comes I’ll pull down he mattress, set out the jar, bottles and charger and BOOM! Transformation in seconds.

Am I forgetting anything? How do you outfit your guest room?


I love partnering brands that help me tackle the tough parts of parenting—Like getting good sleep. That’s why I partnered with Serta and Mattress Firm on this post. All opinions are my own.

How to transform an office into a wonderful guest room in seconds. My office murphy bed.

 

This post is sponsored by Serta and Mattress Firm. All opinions expressed are my own.

Since we moved into our house our 4th bedroom has been a cluster. It began as the room we stored all the extra boxes in and slowly transitioned to a craft room that moonlights as a guest room when family or friends come to town. Still, I could never quite get it to look the way I wanted.

My husband has his garage that he’s repainted, decorated, and decked out as a garage gym/man cave. He even has plans to put a projector in there. My kids have their ginormous play room, the backyard as their domain, and their bedrooms that are basically just rooms that hold their clothes and beds they never sleep in.

I didn’t need it as an office space. My office desk is actually set up in the playroom, but I’m all about freeing up more space lately. Maybe it’s having a child who wants to tumble and jump through the house, or a sudden urge to declutter. Or, the fact that everyone else in the house seems to have a place of their own and I wanted one too (and it wasn’t about to be the kitchen). Whatever it is, I’m embracing it. This is why I decided that I needed a mom cave, and what this room really needed was a Murphy bed.

Before

Serta icomfort mattress and murphy bed review. The perfect mom cave.

I’d been researching them for months, and I was pretty obsessed with the idea of a bed that could fold away and fold down when we need it. Freeing up so much floor space for photographs, a video studio space, crafting or even jumping and tumbling.

With a new bed in the guest room, I thought it would be a great time for a new mattress as well. Our spring mattress had been through a lot in the 12+ years we’ve owned it. Though still comfy I thought we could get a nice new comfortable mattress to go with our new bed.

Despite it being a guest room, we actually do use that bed a lot. Whether to escape from the kids for a quick… nap. Or because my husband has an early or late shift and one of the kids is having a rough night.

After

Serta icomfort mattress and murphy bed review. The perfect mom cave.

Our Murphy bed called for a mattress 12” thick or less. But we didn’t want that to take away from quality and comfort. Mattress Firm and Serta reached out to me to try out some new technology Serta recently developed, sold exclusively at Mattress Firm. After asking me a series of questions about preferences from size, firmness, and materials, we were paired with the Serta iComfort Blue Touch 500.

Serta icomfort mattress and murphy bed review. The perfect mom cave.

Our new Murphy bed arrived a few days before our new mattress. We hired an awesome neighbor/handyman to assemble it for us so we were sure it wouldn’t fall apart. Then when our mattress arrived the Mattress Firm delivery guys hauled our other mattress and box springs away, and brought in our new mattress and set it in its new place.

First impressions: It’s not nearly as bouncy as our other bed. It takes some adjusting to but I’m finding it very comfortable. My kids can hop on one side and I don’t even feel it on the other. It’s kinda strange cause I’m bracing myself for impact and… Nothing! I love the memory foam and the fact that the new cooling technology keeps me cool in these hot Texas summers.

Serta icomfort mattress and murphy bed review. The perfect mom cave.

I ADORE the fact that it fits perfectly in our new Murphy bed. At 11.25” thick it’s comfy and space-saving.

I moved the other desk back in the guest room (now renamed the studio/office) and am writing from here as we speak.

Serta icomfort mattress and murphy bed review. The perfect mom cave.

Serta icomfort mattress and murphy bed review. The perfect mom cave.

All inspired to spruce up the room I added a wall shelf and a couple of wireless Hue lights that can change the background of the walls and the color of the room with a few clicks on my phone. I definitely see that being a fun addition as I record more videos in here. There’s still another wall I want to decorate with more art and photographs, so I’ll share another update once it’s complete.

As for my kids, they love the new room too. From the comfy bed, to the extra space to play (though I’m trying to forbid it). But who cares what they think. I LOVE it! And I finally have a little “mom cave” of my own. It just needs one more addition… A lock!


I love partnering brands that help me tackle the tough parts of parenting—Like getting good sleep. That’s why I partnered with Serta and Mattress Firm on this post. All opinions are my own.

Serta icomfort mattress and murphy bed review. The perfect mom cave.

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