Having friends and relatives over to stay is great fun and allows you to spend more time with the people you love. However, if you are having guests, they need somewhere comfortable and private to stay, and that means creating a guest room you’d be happy to sleep in yourself.
When you think about what a guest bedroom needs, consider all the factors that make sleeping somewhere else enjoyable. What do you like about the rooms you stay in on vacation or trips away? How could you apply these principles to your own guest bedroom and make your visitor’s stay a comfortable and happy one?
The bed is the main consideration in a guest room, and many people fall down with the bed by installing one they no longer use themselves or buying a cheap bed and mattress that won’t give anyone a good night’s sleep. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a bed, but make sure it’s comfortable enough for your guests to spend the night in.
If space is at a premium, you don’t need to resort to a camp bed or uncomfortable futon. Murphy beds are full-size beds that are hidden in a wall recess, so they aren’t in the way during the day but are easy to get out at night. They’re more comfortable and convenient than any other form of temporary bed, so well worth adding to your small guest room.
People like having a desk to sit at so they don’t have to sit on the bed if they’re working on their laptop, and it can double up as a vanity unit if you provide a good sized mirror for the desk. Make sure there’s access to sockets because your guests will probably need to charge their electronics too.
Closet space and drawers for keeping clothes and personal items makes the room seem more welcoming, rather than having to live out of a suitcase. A clock radio is handy to keep an eye on the time and to use as an alarm if needed, and a bedside lamp prevents the awkwardness of stumbling around in the dark to get back into bed after turning the main light off.
If you’re in the mood for a spot of remodeling, then an ensuite toilet or shower room will be a very welcome feature for your guests. Not having to share facilities with everyone else makes people far more relaxed as a rule, as they don’t need to worry about someone else needing the bathroom when they have a shower for example. If an ensuite isn’t feasible, are you able to allocate a bathroom to your guests? Perhaps the main bathroom could be theirs while they’re with you, and you could use your master ensuite.
The most important feature of a guest bedroom is that it should feel inviting, somewhere that’s been specially designed to keep your guests comfortable and content, so they enjoy their time with you. Lovely clean sheets, plenty of pillows, a box of tissues, and fresh flowers all add to the welcoming atmosphere and ensure your guests have a wonderful time with you.