How to host overnight guests in a small-space home

Hosting guests without separate guest space can be a challenge – yet still be the preferred option. See how you can fix a space-efficient arrangement that’s relaxing and enjoyable for all.

Set up a wall for privacy

A room divider is effective for sectioning off personal space in e.g. a living room. Use a clothes rack – better still, two in a row – to create a provisional wall that helps to put both guest and host at ease. Also, it offers a spot to hang party outfits.


Snacks and drink within reach

Running errands around your home risks leaving visitors feeling intrusive. To lessen the need, set up a station for basic refreshments. If there is room for personal things and a good read, even better.


Just in case: a pop-up vanity nook

A small complement to your bathroom will likely be a welcome addition (it tends to be occupied even without outside company), enabling guests to leave the room with confident strides.


Clothes rack, white

Hanger, natural

Bread basket

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Carafe with stopper, clear glass/cork

Always the perfect light

We all have individual ideas about light – before, during and after sleep. Leave it in your guest’s hand to decide with a dimmable, remote-controlled bulb (and without having to move). Add black-out roller blinds and curtains, and you cover all possibilities.

Electronics department

WiFi and a charged phone aren’t recognised as basic human needs – yet – but it’s a close call. A host does well to offer the essentials: passwords, cables, adaptors and the power to run them all.

All bolstered up for a good night’s sleep

Bathrobes and slippers add a hotel-like dimension to the stay. They also simplify moving about when you’re less than fully clothed. For absolute hospitality, arrange a comfort kit with an ergonomic pillow and throws for temperature adjustment


Floor lamp, marble/grey




Armchair, gunnared light brown-pink


Footstool with storage


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