Consider the last time you stayed overnight at a friend or family member’s home. What was it that made your stay memorable? Did you sleep like a baby in bed at night? Were you comfortable, or did you struggle to feel at home? As humans, we crave comfort. We create a comfortable space in our own home, and when we are away, we seek comfort that will make us feel at right at home.
When you are preparing for houseguests this summer, the most important thing to keep in mind when preparing a guest room for houseguests is comfort. Home organization is a key part of this. A clutter-free and organized home will be more welcoming and comfortable for guests. In addition, keep in mind all the comforts of home you would want in your own room.
Here are a few tips on how to prepare your guest room for houseguests:
Bedding – Sleeping is the most important thing your guests will do while staying in your guest room. When it comes to the bed in your guest room, ask yourself: “Would I want to sleep here?” If the answer is “No,” reconsider your guest bed and bedding options. Dress the bed with soft, cotton sheets. Add a few blankets to accommodate for varying weather and your guests’ comfort preferences. Finally, offer guests choices in pillows. Provide at least two pillows: one soft and one firm.
Seating – Include additional seating options in your guest room. A comfortable chair in the corner will add the cozy factor and help your guests feel right at home. Toss in a couple throw pillows for added color and comfort. Caution: Too many throw pillows can easily crowd your seating area.
Lighting – Overhead lights are harsh and the can be overkill in a guest room. If you have overhead lights, consider adding a dimmer switch so guests can adjust lighting to suit their preferences. Table and floor lamps, wall sconces and even candles can create a warm, soothing and inviting environment for your houseguests.
The little things – The small stuff can go a long way in making your guests feel at home. There are other comforts of home you’ll want to remember:
- Provide guests with an closet space or an empty chest of drawers to keep their belongings during their stay. Living out of a suitcase is never fun, but with closet or drawer space, your guests will feel more at home.
- If your guest room has wood floors, an area rug will warm the room. Floor rugs also reduce the cracks and creaks of wood flooring.
- Provide guests with at least one mirror — if possible, make it a full-length mirror.
- Consider climate control in your guest room and add a ceiling or tower fan for guests during the summer, and perhaps even a space heater if the weather is cold.
- Set an alarm clock on the bedside table and give guests easy access to a power strip to charge their cell phone and other electronics.
- Other bedside goodies like a few books or magazines to read, a bottle of drinking water and a glass, a box of tissues and fresh flowers will add an extra element of charm and comfort.
Are you planning to have houseguests this summer? Take time now to prepare your guest room for their arrival. Consider all the things you would want in a guest room if you were spending the night away from home and don’t forget the small stuff!
Do your family and friends love to stay in your home? What is it about your guest room that makes their experience so pleasurable? Share your guest room organization and decoration tips with us in the comments below!
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