A comfy guest room with a small space

This post is sponsored by Leesa

There’s quite a bit happening in our house right now! We’re moving a ton of baby items in from storage, shuffling things around, starting to baby-proof, and redecorating. And…because I’m crazy, I thought I’d make some changes to Livi’s room, too (I think it’s safe to say that nesting is in overdrive). One of the areas where we’ve had to get the most creative is with our guest room, which is transforming to guest room/nursery. With the new addition making her appearance in the not-too-distant future, we’re expecting some family and family friends over the next few months and we want a nice space for them while still having a nursery ready for use. 

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(Don’t worry, the little lady will be in our room for the first couple of months. We won’t subject houseguests to a crying baby next to their bed haha.)

Even though it’s a small space, I’ve been trying to brainstorm some ideas to maximize it. I’ve stowed away as much as I can to reduce clutter, and also am trying to make it as comfy as possible. I put together some ideas that might make these small accommodations feel a little less cramped. 

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Some of the things I like to add, or think have helped:

-A small bouquet of flowers. Fresh flowers always brighten up a space.

-A frame with our WiFi login info, and small dish for jewelry with a house key inside

-A San Diego book with tips for exploring

-A small gift, like handmade soap or local chocolate bars 

-Some nice prints to hang (on the way)

-A white noise machine

-Bottle of water

-Stock with fresh towels and extra blankets

I think a comfy bed makes a difference, too. 🙂 Read on if you’d like to learn more about Leesa, this amazing mattress company.

Leesa offered to send us one of their mattresses to try out, and I was immediately excited to check it out as they’re like the TOMS of mattresses. For every 10 they sell, they donate one to a shelter. 
The mattresses are offered in all sizes, and have unique foam layers including a memory foam and a top layer that’s perforated to keep you cool. Also, the mattresses are ordered entirely online -there aren’t any awkward mattress stores to visit- and they’re shipped in a compact box. The mattress expands upon opening it. 

leesa mattress

I took a video to show the process:

Getting the mattress out and set up was really simple. 
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Of course, we had to test it out immediately and gave it a huge thumbs up. 

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Leesa offered an awesome deal for reader friends, too. The first 20 to order with the code FITNESSISTA will get $75 off!

I was surprised by how fluffy yet supportive it felt. The fabric is extremely light, cool, and comfortable. We put the previous mattress into storage, ready for use for the next time we move! Our Tucson house has an extra guest room so we will need if/when we eventually make it back there.

Do you have any tips for maximizing a smaller space, or making a guest room more comfy? 



This post is sponsored by Leesa. Thank you so much for supporting this blog and the companies who help to support our family. 

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  1. CaitlinHTP on August 27, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    OOOO! I love new mattresses. I think my #1 trick is to use light-colored furniture and paint.

  2. RachelG on August 27, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    For our guest room we went with calming neutral colors (soft orange for the walls, brown furniture, with floral paintings on the walls that matched the colors). Also, pillows up the wahzoo to make it feel cozy. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      lots of pillows always make a huge difference!

  3. Liz on August 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I was about to say, you’re putting your guests in charge of night duty?? haha i was a little shocked!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      haha “welcome to our house. i hope you weren’t planning on sleeping.”

  4. Jen on August 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I love it…makes me want to come stay (in a non-creepy way I promise). One thing I did after our wedding was to put the basket I made for the bathroom in there…so it has a bunch of random things a guess might want (i.e. mini sewing kit, toothbrush/toothpaste, toiletries, Tylenol, tissues, etc.) that way they could help themselves and not worry about having to ask. Obviously some of these items have had to be restocked since I got married 6 years ago…but you get the point.

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      that is such a great idea!

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 27, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I have a full bedroom set from Crate & Barrel in my guest bedroom. My Mom has sort of made it “her bedroom.” Every time she visits I find clothes in the closet & drawers left behind as well as her own toiletries. It’s always a little odd when people come to visit & I’m like don’t mind my Mom’s stuff. No wonder I don’t have a husband!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      haha i love that she leaves little things each time

  6. Crystal on August 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Having a comfy mattress in a guest room is soooo nice! Also, I’m notorious for always forgetting my toothbrush, so it’s always nice if the guest room or bathroom has an extra haha.

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      oh, that’s a good point! i’m also notorious for forgetting mine and making an emergency walgreens stop on the way in

  7. Melissa on August 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    My youngest son’s room was also the guest room / nursery. It was great to have a full size bed to sleep on during some of those all nighters!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      that’s what i was thinking, too! i’ll probably be very glad it’s in there

  8. Annie on August 27, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I cannot believe how BIG Livi has gotten! Gosh I remember when you were prego with her and how little she was back then. You must also feel like time is flying and that she’s growing up way too fast!

    xo Annie

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      i do! it’s crazy

  9. Jennifer on August 27, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    We are about to move to Europe so I’m gonna need some small space tips!! Lol

  10. Julia@yogawinehappiness.com on August 28, 2015 at 4:12 am

    I display the guest towels in a cute basket on the dresser. I love your ideas!

  11. Courtni H on August 28, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I love this post! Such a cute, creative way to cozy up a smaller space. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 28, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      thank you! hope you have a great weekend

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