You might be familiar with the feeling of being… underwhelmed by someone else’s guest bedroom. All too often, guest bedrooms act as a pit stop for furniture before it ends up in the trash. Sunken mattresses, threadbare sheets and blankets, outdated furniture. We’ve all been there.
If you have a guest bedroom in your home, don’t fall into this trap! There are many simple, inexpensive things you can do to make the room cozy and comfortable for your guests. And if you don’t want to dedicate the spare room into a mostly unused bedroom, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
To help you out, here’s a list of simple, affordable Guest Bedroom Design Tips.
A cabinet bed is a simple way to keep the room versatile and chic. Cabinet beds are easy to install, modern looking and come with an array of mattress options and exterior colour choices. They are the perfect choice if you infrequently have guests and use the spare room for other things like an office or den.
High Quality Sheets
Whether you choose a cabinet bed or have a standard bed setup, think about how nice it is to crawl into a guest bed that is dressed with nice linens. Guests are typically traveling from afar and are without the comforts of their own home. So some high quality sheets is a simple thing you can do to make your guests feel welcome.
Of course it’s tempting to put that artwork from the 80s and that side table from your grandma’s old house in the guest bedroom, but sometimes it’s better to just let things go. Instead of having chaotic mishmash of furniture and using the guest room as simply storage for things you are attached to, think about updating the furnishings. A fresh coat of paint or even well kept second hand items will keep the aesthetic fresh and make your guests feel more relaxed.
One of the nice things about staying in a hotel is that there is always extras if you have forgotten to pack certain things. Try doing the same for your guests! You can set up a small basket that includes:
– travel sized shampoo and conditioner
– toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash
– clean towels and facecloth
– hair dryer
One of the hardest things about sleeping in a new place is that it throws you off your sleep routine. In your guest room, think about putting up some black out window coverings, and providing ear plugs and an eye mask. Why not? No one wants a cranky, sleep deprived guest on their hands!
Here are a couple of extra things your guests will appreciate:
– a mirror
– extra blankets
– a pair of slippers and a robe
– books and magazines
– bedside lighting
– wi-fi password
– a water glass or bottled water on the bedside table
Having guests is a fine balance. You want them to be comfortable, but not so comfortable they stay forever. When you are thinking about furnishing the spare room, just think about the things that you want and need on a daily basis and you’ll be able to strike just the right note.