Guest room during school year

Sorry to belabor this, but I'm trying to collect ideas for how to turn a kid's college room into a guestroom,since its the only guestroom I'll have for years and years( 5 kids, youngest is 5), but need a place for said college kid to stay during summer. For weekends and 1-week breaks, he can stay on his brother's trundle, but can't do that for a whole summer. Should I just face the fact that I won't have a guestroom til another one goes off to college- in Aug- and maybe only during the school year?
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  • Carrie Carrie on Jan 15, 2014
    I would just use neutral colors, and I'd even have "two" sets of comforters- one for guests, and perhaps another for your son when he's using the room.

  • Z Z on Jan 15, 2014
    Photos would help Polly. Without that I'd say to remove all your son's personal decor from the walls and flat surfaces. Change the linens to something neutral as Carrie said that would work for your son when he visits and also for guests. Once the basics are done you can go from there to find new decor.

  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Jan 16, 2014
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.My problem is more with the furnitureThe linens are neutral now, and We've taken a lot of his personal things out before he left for school because he didn't want his younger brothers to get into his stuff, and because he wanted some of it it his dorm( photos, yearbooks, his favorite books, etc, Do you all think I can have aguest( of the same gender) stay in the room on a bunkbed or trundle, while my son is home on break, also in the bunkbed or trundle, or would that be too weird? I'm thinking of a cousin or my husband's college roommate, that sort of thing, not a visiting dignitary:)

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    • Z Z on Jan 17, 2014
      Good, @Polly that will help allot. Thanks.

  • Gretchen Gretchen on Jan 17, 2014
    A guest room IS a neutral room where anyone can stay. When my sons left for school, I immediately cleaned out their personal stuff and it became a guest room. What would a guest possibly need besides a bed, some closet space, and a drawer? When the son came home for vacation, they are the guest and they use their old room! If there are other guests in the house, then you figure out sleeping arrangements.

  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Jan 17, 2014
    @Gretchen, Thank you for your help. polly