Setting up a guest bedroom in your home requires you to think a little differently than you would for your own master bedroom.
The key to creating the perfect space is making your guests feel at home. You want them to feel relaxed, comfortable and most of all, welcome.
With a lack of planning, guest bedrooms can easily feel uninviting, particularly as they’re often the last room in a house to be paid attention to.
Here are our top tips on what matters the most in a guest bedroom.
1. Invest in a comfortable bed
When relocating or renovating your home, it can be tempting to throw your old mattress in the guest bedroom to save a bit of cash. However, if you really want to make a good impression, investing in a new mattress for your guests might be the best course of action.
Offering your guests a great night’s sleep is the best thing you can do for them, so if you have to compromise on a few decorative features to invest in the bed then your guests will thank you for it.
If you can’t afford a new set up, look around for a used mattress in good condition that may have only been slept on a handful of times – you never know, you might just grab a bargain.
2. Quality bed linen is important
A comfortable mattress provides a solid foundation for a good night’s sleep, but the bedding you lay on top of it can make all the difference.
Start with a set of good quality duvets and pillows with a medium tog rating that can be used throughout all seasons to ensure optimal sleeping temperatures. Be sure to buy a few extra pillows to accommodate your guests’ sleeping preferences.
Invest in luxury white bed linen to give that 5-star hotel feel, making sure to keep it clean and ironed for each visit. We’d recommend buying an extra set or two for backup purposes so that you’re always prepared.
3. Provide space
When styling a guest bedroom, be careful not to overdo it with fancy furnishings if you don’t have enough space to accommodate your guests.
Be prepared for your guests to arrive with a suitcase or luggage of some form, and ensure they have somewhere out of the way to lay it down, at the very least.
Guests will appreciate having a wardrobe, rail or drawer to store some of their belongings if possible so that they’re not restricted to living out of their suitcases.
4. Don’t forget the basics
Making your guests feel at home is all about ensuring they have everything they need for a comfortable stay.
The key to covering all bases is to think about your previous hotel stays and what they’ve had on offer. Simple items such as a clock or radio, TV and a chair to relax in away from the bed can make all the difference and help your guests settle in.
Be sure to include useful items such as stationary, scissors, towels, a hairdryer and an ironing board & iron if you have the capacity. Don’t forget to provide your wi-fi password too, to help your guests stay connected.
Whilst these may not be the most glamorous of items, ensuring your guests have access to all of the essentials will set them up for a relaxing, hassle-free stay.
5. Offer hotel luxury comforts
Once you’ve got the comfortable bed and essentials sorted, it’s time to think about how you can upgrade the space.
More often than not, when staying in a luxury hotel, it’s the finishing touches that make the biggest difference. There are no rules when it comes to added extras, but take some time to think about what your guests may like.
A warm, fluffy bathrobe, a book and a basket of snacks may help them unwind in an evening. Similarly, a nice selection of toiletries can be a thoughtful addition whilst being a safeguard in case anything was left behind whilst packing for their stay.
Ultimately, the way you style a guest bedroom and the things you choose to include all comes down to personal preference – but making sure you have all of the essentials covered first is a top priority.