That time of year is approaching where it just seems like an endless stream of guests is coming through your home! From the long Thanksgiving weekend to the Christmas holiday and maybe even New Year’s, the end of the year is when most people receive the most guests than any other time of the year!
Have you thought about making your guest bedroom extra cozy this year to ensure your family and friends have a comfortable stay? If the thought hasn’t crossed your mind, then don’t worry, here are a few tips on how to prep your home and guest bedroom for the holidays!
Prep Your Guest Bedroom
1. Consider a Sleeper Sofa
If you don’t have a guest bedroom then consider purchasing a sleeper sofa to make sure your guests have a comfortable place to sleep at the end of the day. Sleeper sofas have come a long way in price, so you don’t have to sacrifice your own style or comfort just to host guests in your home! We actually recently published a post sharing the best sleeper sofas you can buy online, which is a great place to start!
2. Clear out your Personal Items
If you do have a guest bedroom, then try to take the time to clear out your own personal belongings from the space ahead of time. Feel free to store any items you have in the guest room under the bed or in the back of the closet. Your guests won’t notice it too much, and they will appreciate having lots of space to walk around!
3. Put together a Welcome Basket
Create a small basket that holds any toiletries your guests may have forgotten at home or don’t want to be rude in asking you for! Here are some ideas:
- Multi-Phone Charging Station
- Water Bottles
4. Provide several Towels
A good rule of thumb is to provide at least 2 bath towels and 1 hand towel per guest, depending on the length of their stay. If you have more than one person staying in the room, be sure that each set of towels is a different color so that your guests can differentiate between which ones they use!
5. Provide different Pillow options
Some people prefer sleeping on a soft pillow, while others prefer a firm pillow. If you have the budget, then consider purchasing extra pillows to ensure that two pillows are firm, and two are soft, so that your guests can choose the one they wish to sleep on!
6. Ensure there is at least one chair or bench
While the bed is the most important part, don’t forget that your guests may want to use a side chair or bench to sit down at the start and end of the day. A chair or bench ensures your guests have a place to sit or just leave their important personal belongings on during their stay.
7. Update your Curtains
Take a look at the bedroom at nighttime and ensure that the curtains you have sufficiently block out the light coming in from the windows!
8. Leave them a Luggage Stand
It’s always nice to have a way to prop up your luggage while traveling, so you don’t have to pull things out directly from the floor. A foldable luggage rack will be super convenient for your guests, and can easily be stored away when not in use.
9. Add a Throw Blanket
Some people get cold very easily (*slowly raises hand*), so finding a spare throw blanket is always a delight, to ensure your guests are cozy when they’re in your guest room!
10. Provide a Fan
On the flip side, some people get hot during the night, even during the coldest of winters! Having a small personal fan will allow your guests to cool down at night if they wish. As an added benefit, a fan can create white noise which helps some people fall asleep.
11. Add a Small Writing Desk
If your guest room doesn’t have a desk, then consider purchasing a small writing desk in case your guests need to check their email or do a little bit of work during their stay. Even a very basic one won’t take up too much room and has so many uses beyond working! (This one is on sale for just $76 with free shipping!)
12. Write down the Wifi network name and password
In the age of constant connectivity, your guests will be so thankful they don’t have to awkwardly ask you for your wifi password when they find it neatly displayed on a piece of paper (or better yet, framed!) in their room.
13. Make it easy to access Electrical Outlets
If your house is older, it may be difficult to access low or hidden electrical outlets. Consider purchasing an electrical outlet strip to plug in and make it easier for your guests to plug in their electronics. Nowadays people travel with iPads, digital cameras, and other gadgets that need charging, so they will appreciate the extra plugs for sure!
14. Spray the sheets with Linen Spray
First up, make sure you have a good high-quality set of organic cotton bed sheets. Your guests will really appreciate it! Then, give your sheets a fresh scent with linen spray – and quell any guest fears about staying in a dusty old guest room!
I hope these tips will help improve your guest room! Do you have any other tips you’ve used to make your guest bedroom extra comfy?
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!