How to Create the Most Hospitable Guest Room in Your Home
One of the best parts of having an extra room in your home is all of the guests who are able to visit you and sleep soundly in the comfort of their own space.
As enjoyable as figuring out how to design your own interiors may be, putting together a guest room can feel next to impossible when you’re trying to achieve the highest comfort levels. Every homeowner wants their guest room to feel like a home away from home, but not everyone knows what it takes to truly reign that feeling in.
While it’s helpful to think of your guest room as a hotel room, you’ll want to steer clear of the empty and cold feeling hotel rooms give off. But how? We’re here to give you the low down on how to create the ultimate guest space that both you and your visitors can be excited about.
Step 1: Create a decor aesthetic
One of the easiest ways to kickstart your perfect guest bedroom is to nail the interior decor. Guest bedrooms that feature a noisy or busy theme that covers every inch of the space with your personal tastes may feel overwhelming for guests. While you may adore all of your Lexington Furniture pieces, your guests may feel differently.
Even if minimalism isn’t your style, it’ll provide your guests with a breathable space that can universally feel as comfy and cozy as their own homes. Ultimately, you want to minimize the risk of guests feeling out of place. A space that is neutral in decor lends itself to fostering that vibe.
Step 2: Empty the storage spaces
Nobody likes living out of their suitcase and no guest wants to walk into a room with a closet or drawers only to find your clothes populating the only storage space in the room. If you’re aiming to give your guests a high-quality experience that allows them to spend their time with you without feeling cramped or stifled, be sure to empty out the storage areas in the guest room to make space for their belongings.
If your guest room doubles a storage room when there are no visitors lined up on your calendar, you may consider outfitting the room with an extra dresser or armoire specifically for guests. That way you won’t have to scramble to find a new home for all of your goods.
Step 3: Prepare the toiletries
No matter how long your guests are planning to stay—whether it’s a quick weekend stay or a two-week staycation—they’ll need an assortment of toiletries. Whether your guest bedroom has an en-suite bathroom or not, you’ll want to have the following essentials ready for your guests:
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body wash
- Hand soap
- Feminine hygiene products
- Face and body towels
- Q-tips and cotton balls
Step 4: Leave directions
As a guest, you know how annoying it can feel to constantly pester your host about how to access their Wi-Fi, turn on the shower, or unlock the garage door. Providing a list of instructions that detail how to operate the more confusing elements of your home will give your guests a sense of independence. While making your tip list, be sure to include the following:
- The Wi-Fi password
- Instructions on how to operate any of the confusing devices (smart thermostat, home speaker, door locks, etc.)
- Garbage vs. recycle instructions
Step 5: Make the bed
The star of any guest bedroom is the bed itself. Even though your guest room may only be occupied a few days out of every month or year, don’t leave your guests to an old, springless mattress. A plushy, comfortable mattress makes a world of difference to your guests and outfitting it with luxurious sheets and blankets makes it all the more inviting. Make sure your guest bed has a cushy mattress topper, a set of pillows, a warm down comforter, and extra throw blankets in case they get chilly.
When piecing together your perfect guest bedroom, it pays to consider the needs of your guests first and your stylistic choices second. Ultimately, you want to create a space that is welcoming, comfortable, and exudes feelings of warmth and familiarity. With these 5 steps, you’ll be well on your way toward creating your own special guest home away from home.