When overnight guests arrive at your home, expected or unexpected, it can send even the most seasoned host into a panic. Remembering to set out everything they might need can be a daunting process! That’s why we’ve gathered the best tried-and-true tips to make your visitors feel completely at home in your guest room.
1) Add a bench at the foot of the bed or purchase a folding luggage stand
Your guests will appreciate a nice surface to put their suitcase on so they don’t have to rummage through it on the floor.
2) Have some entertainment available
As your guests are winding down for the night, they may want to read or watch their favorite show for a while. Having some books, magazines and/or a TV in their room is a great way to make them feel at home. Another nice gesture is to put the Wifi password somewhere visible – maybe in a frame on the dresser?
3) Create a seating area
If space allows, add a little reading nook in the guest room. Many guests will like having place to sit that’s not the bed.
4) Include a mirror
Give your guests a spot to freshen up with an eye-level mirror or sit-down vanity. This will keep them from feeling like they’re hogging the bathroom.
5) Keep an assortment of extra pillows on hand
It doesn’t have to be a lot – maybe 2 traditional polyester fill and 2 down pillows to give your guests a choice of loft.
6) …And extra blankets of varying thickness
If your guests wake up cold in the middle of the night, they’ll be infinitely grateful!
7) Provide a place to hang up clothes
If there’s a closet in the guest room, have some empty clothes hangers available. If not, a valet or clothing rack will work perfectly.
8) Deck out the nightstand
Some good items to include are: a little dish to hold jewelry, a couple of glasses for water, a lamp, remote controls, and an alarm clock.
9) Bring in some fresh flowers
There’s nothing like real greenery to make friends feel welcome! (But you may want to stick with a non-flowering plant or omit this step altogether if your guests have allergies.)
10) Put together a basket of travel-sized toiletries
In case one of your guests forgets something like their toothbrush or shampoo, it’s good to have some available. (Don’t forget extra towels, Kleenex, and pain reliever.)
11) Put an iron or steamer in the closet
Your guests’ clothes may get wrinkled in-transit, so take a cue from hotels and put out a small iron or steamer for them to use. If you have pets in your house, it’s nice to include a lint roller as well.
12) Have some available plugs for charging
An easily accessible place to charge electronic devices will be much appreciated by weary travelers! If you want to go the extra mile, purchase a universal charger in case they forget their charging cords.
We hope you found these tips helpful! If you’re looking for more guest room design ideas, we’ve complied our favorites on Pinterest: