With the holidays approaching and family and friends coming to visit, many of us suddenly find ourselves scrambling to find space and bedding for out-of-town guests. Having a spare room is convenient for times like these, but rather than having a room that’s really only used when you have overnight guests, you can hide a bed in any room and instantly double its usefulness.

Murphy beds are a space-efficient solution for anyone who wants an easy and aesthetically pleasing way to turn any room into a guest room. They fold out from the wall (either lengthwise or widthwise) when needed, and when they’re not in use, they fold right back up to be easily disguised as stylish cabinets or closets.

Gone are the days of the clumsy, tacky-looking fold-up beds we used to see in nineties sitcoms. Murphy beds have evolved to not only be easier to use, but also more aesthetically pleasing.

Here are just a few ways they can be stylishly disguised.

Sliding book shelves
Barn door

Murphy beds are a worthwhile investment if you’re looking to maximize space and efficiency when hosting guests. They’re a sleek, modern alternative to pull-out sofas, and they also provide the opportunity for more privacy and tranquility rather than forcing your in-laws to sleep in a busy living room. With the right planning and a bit of creativity, you can transform an office to a bedroom and back into an office practically in the blink of an eye.