Essentials for Creating a Welcoming Guest Room

Got a spare bedroom you’d like to turn into a cozy guest room? Here are a few simple tips to help you turn that room into a welcoming, comfortable space for your guests:

Essentials for Creating a Welcoming Guest Room
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  • Start By Decluttering:

    If you’re like a lot of families, your spare bedroom didn’t start out as a spare bedroom. Perhaps your children have grown up and left the nest, and you’re ready to repurpose the room for receiving guests. One of the first things you probably need to do is get a decluttering process started. Is all of your kids’ childhood stuff out of their old room? If not, start there (if you haven’t already!). Box up things to send with your children to their new adult homes, or carve out some space for safekeeping of the items you just can’t part with. Your future guests will be appreciative, and your children may secretly thank you for your efforts, as well.

    Even if your spare room was never a child’s bedroom, it’s likely to have been used as a catch-all storage space – in which case, decluttering will still be a necessary initial task for you to tackle. For some helpful decluttering tips you can use for any space you want to simplify in your home, check out this useful blog from Jennifer Adams.

  • Create A Space That Is Designed For Guests:

    A guest room doesn’t need to be large, and it doesn’t even have to be a bedroom dedicated to guests only. If your child has only partly left the nest (away at college, for example), this can still be their bedroom when they come home; you don’t have to banish your kids to have guest-friendly space! You just need to start by considering how somebody else might feel staying in the room. As long as someone has enough room to move around, fresh bedding, and a place for their bag, they’ll feel welcome.

    Create A Space That Is Designed For Guests
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    If there’s enough space, a bench or a folding luggage rack is a great feature to add.It will make your guests feel more welcome, and it also means they’ll be less likely to toss their suitcase or bag on the bed (after all, who knows where that suitcase has been?). Buy two of those folding racks if you’re shopping. That way, if a couple shares the room, they’ll each have a place for their own bag. Take some mental notes from your favorite hotel rooms. A comfortable chair and a desk would be nice to add, but only if you have plenty of space. And if you still need to use part of the room for storage (or a home office, or hobby space, or whatever), put up a dividing screen to hide the boxes, supplies, or whatever else you still keep in the room.

  • Provide Extra Amenities For Guests:

    Provide Extra Amenities For Guests
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    At a minimum, provide an extra blanket at the foot of the bed or in the closet, a nightstand with a lamp, an extension cord for convenient charging of phones and computers, and a card with the wifi password. I like to think about what someone might ask for and try to set it out before they ask. A tray with some bottled water and prepackaged snacks (such as dried fruit and nuts)is a nice touch that your visitors are sure to appreciate.

  • The Guest Bathroom:

    The Guest Bathroom
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    In the bathroom, provide plenty of towels, a clean bath mat, nightlight, and basket of travel-size toiletries in case someone forgets something. Have extra toilet paper handy, and perhaps keep a small sewing kit and extra cleaning supplies in an easily-found spot. Also, make sure the bathroom is clean before your guests arrive!

  • Other Special Touches:

    Other Special Touches
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    Depending on your space and budget, it’s nice to include a full-size mirror in the bedroom. This makes it more convenient for one guest to be able to use for personal grooming or dressing,in the event that their partner has the bathroom tied up. In terms of bedroom lighting, floor lamps and desk lamps create a warmer, more inviting feel than overhead lighting. A nice finishing touch for your guest room is to choose the perfect bedding that is both stylish and comfy.

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