With the holiday season upon us, you may very well have friends or family coming to stay with you for a visit. Whether or not you have a dedicated guest room for them, there are plenty of things you can do to make a comfortable and inviting space for your guests to inhabit.
If you are lucky enough to have a dedicated guest room, it should include a few essential pieces of furniture. First and most obviously, a comfortable bed outfitted with some fresh linens and a cozy comforter. If there’s chill in the air, jersey or flannel sheets are a thoughtful touch, as are extra blankets and pillows. Pillows flatten and lose their appeal over time, so to make guests feel extra special, you may want to leave them a fresh, new pillow.
Your guest room should also include a luggage rack, bench or small table to accommodate suitcase and travel gear. Your guests will also appreciate a comfortable chair, preferably next to a table and lamp, where they can sit down at day’s end, rather than having to perch on the end of the bed.
Your guest room should feature a bedside lamp, a telephone, a mirror (preferably full-length) and window coverings that allow visitors some privacy and light control. Smaller accessories that your guests will appreciate, since they may not have them packed when travelling, include and alarm clock, hangers, tissues, stationery and some nice fluffy towels. By furnishing the room with such items before visitors arrive, they won’t be made to feel as though they are a nuisance for having to ask you every time they need something.
What should’t be in the room are any of your personal items, such as photographs and knick-knacks. If the room’s décor is fairly generic, your visitors will be more inclined to view the room as guest room, rather than feeling as though they’re intruding on your personal space or as if someone had to vacate the room because of their arrival.
Due to a simple lack of square footage, your home may not have a dedicated guest room. If this is the case, you’ll probably have to assign two functions to one room, such as having your den or office perform double duty as your guest room. Offices tend to accumulate clutter, so when you’re expecting guest, make their temporary space more comfortable by tidying up or hiding papers and unsightly office supplies.
Since your space is limited, you may not have room for a normal bed, but in today’s marketplace there are plenty of space-saving sleeping options. These include futons, daybeds and sofa beds, all of which provide seating during the day and instantly transform into beds at night. Murphy beds are a particularly appealing options, since they can be hidden away when your guests leave!