More Than Just a Guest Room: How to Make Your Holiday Guests Feel at Home

   |   In Decorating Tips and Tricks, Space for Guests   |   28 October 2013, 22.12   |   comments: 0

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to think about the room (or space) you’ll offer overnight guests. Would you want to stay in it? If not, it may be time for some new furnishings. And even if it’s lovely to look at right now, think about adding a few items that would make it more comfortable. We’ve provided some suggestions for turning your guestroom into a beautiful and relaxing space.

The Most Important Piece: the Bed

Of course, your overnight guests will need a bed. If the one in your guestroom is more than a decade old, it’s probably best to replace it. Then again, if you only provide a twin sized mattress, it could be time to upgrade to a larger size. Either way, there are plenty of options for beds with lots of storage space so your guestroom can do double duty. For tight spaces, a bed with attached nightstands, such as this beauty with its contemporary design and dark wood finish, is a good way to include space for a glass of water, a book and a reading lamp.

Don’t have a full room to offer your guests? There’s no reason they can’t sleep in comfort if you opt for a Comfort Sleeper sofa by American Leather. In sizes from twin to king, there’s a sofa sleeper to fit perfectly in your space, no matter how limited.

Does your guestroom also have to function as a home office? This Circe sofa wall bed provides seating and plenty of storage space all the time while giving your guests a comfy place to sleep at night. You may not have room to add a sofa sleeper, but no doubt a fully concealed wall bed could be incorporated. This Poppi book wall bed looks handsome in any setting and gives you the perfect place to stow office books and records – or DVDs and audio equipment.

Details Make the Difference

What makes you feel comfortable and relaxed when you are away from home? These are the types of details you should incorporate in your guest room.

To create a cozy corner for reading or sipping a cup of tea, start with a recliner, such as this classically styled chair. Add a side table or a Swing table, which attaches to the recliner itself to save space. A soft afghan draped over the back of the chair, an adjustable reading lamp and a shelf for books and magazines completes this cozy corner that invites guests to curl up and relax.

To complete the ideal guestroom, include a basket of items your visitors might need or want. Fill it with lotion, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, washcloths, tissues and the like. Don’t forget a clock radio and possibly a television. Clear space in the closet and add a chest of drawers so there is adequate room for them to empty suitcases. A small, fluffy rug next to the bed adds a touch of warmth if the room isn’t carpeted. A full-length mirror is a nice amenity, as well, so your visitors can check their outfit before walking out the door to greet the day.

Go ahead and take a peek inside your guestroom. Is it ready for holiday guests?

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