Raise your hand if your guest bedroom is not even remotely guest-ready? Many of us neglect our guest bedrooms or even use it as a storage dumping ground.
Having a comfortable oasis to retreat to at the end of a long day is essential in every home. If you entertain overnight guests, your guest bedroom should be just as comfortable as your own.
The last-minute dash to get the bed ready and the bathroom stocked before your guests arrive is always a frenzy, especially during the holiday season, but it doesn’t have to be.
In fact, there are a few simple things you can do now to make sure your guest room is ready to-go, even at a minutes notice.
Keep a mix of pillows
Walsh suggests putting a soft or medium fill pillow on the bed. Then in the closet, keep a firmer-filled pillow handy, so it can be switched out easily.
Coverlet vs duvet?
How about using both? Set the coverlet up and fold the duvet at the end of the bed in the summer. Then in the winter, set out the duvet and fold a coverlet or blanket at the end. When choosing a duvet, pick one with a medium weight, so it can be used all year long.
Add another piece of furniture.
If the room can fit it, add a comfy chair, a table or small desk. It’s a lovely perk to give someone the flexibility to have some alone time in their room, whether it’s to relax or do a little work. Some note paper, pens and coasters are also good things to keep nearby.
A guest room is a great place to have some fun with your home’s interior decorations. Try a different style or a new design approach. It’s sometimes fun to deviate from a normal color or design palette, and this is a great place to try out new ideas. And when you need a break from your own day-to-day, a guest room can become an escape for you too.
Skip the iron
Keep your sanity by only buying linens that can be washed in the machine. Dry sheets to 85% and let them finish on a freshly made bed — you’ll have far less wrinkles that way.
Outdoor fabrics might be the best kept secret
On upholstered furniture, use indoor-outdoor fabrics. For the carpet, consider a high-quality outdoor rug. They will withstand any spill or stain and they look great while being comfortable underfoot!
Preparing for and hosting house guests can be a very enjoyable experience. There’s something satisfying about helping your visitors feel especially welcome and comfortable. Your budget may not have enough in it to let you create a getaway oasis, but you can provide a quiet place to relax.