Double duty

Use framed cabinets to camouflage a pull-down bed in the home office.

The old adage "kill two birds with one stone" never felt – or looked – so good. If you have an overnight guest here and there, but don't necessarily have any extra space to design a guest room, consider using the office or children's playroom as a guest room.

Remember Murphy beds? Yes, the fold-up beds that were so popular in the golden age of American television are making a comeback. These space savers allow you to use your spare room as a home office, children's playroom, storage room or guest room. 

Custom, built-in cabinet designs are a great way to camouflage your wall bed. Wardrobe cabinets with open shelving on either side of the pull-down bed offer storage space where you can display books, photos, toys and other knick-knacks. A custom design with doors that match the framed cabinets on the bottom of the bed blends in with the built-in cabinets when the bed is not being used. 

Make the most of your limited space – a wall bed allows you to use your spare room on a daily basis without having to work around a bed.