It’s been over a year since we’ve moved into our new house – after a year can I even call it “new”? – and I’ve barely started decorating. The guest room is the only room that is even close to being done. That was a little easier though, because I had two guest rooms in the last house and was able to bring it all here. The only thing I had to do was decide what I wanted to use in this house. And that still took almost the whole year. Then, I had to make sure my guest room essentials were there.
Even though I’m enjoying decorating it and making it pretty, that’s not what matters most. The most important thing is that my guests feel welcome and comfortable during their stay. The best design, especially in a bedroom, combines style, function, and comfort.
Last Monday, the post was all about creating a relaxing master bedroom retreat. Today, I’d like to share with you my guest room essentials to help you create an inviting home away from home for your friends and family.
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Guest Room Essentials
BEDDING & LINENS
- You want your guests to have a pleasant night’s sleep. (At least, I hope you do!) Make sure you have a good quality mattress, one that you’d be willing to sleep on. If you don’t have a dedicated bed for guests, a nice air mattress can be very comfortable, too.
- Keep the bed linens simple and layered. You don’t have to break your budget on the linens to make your guests feel special. You can create a designer look for a fraction of the price by shopping at discount specialty stores like HomeGoods or TJ Maxx.
- Make sure the sheets are freshly cleaned, use a lightweight blanket, and have fluffy bed pillows. Provide your guests with extra pillows and blankets for even more comfort.
- Keep decorative throw pillows to no more than three, so that they don’t have to remove a bunch of them each night.
- Have a table or desk next to the bed with an alarm clock or clock radio and a light.
- A comfy chair and ottoman will give your guests a place to relax and have a moment to themselves. This would be a great spot to have a reading lamp and some reading material.
- Fill a basket with books and magazines that you’ve read and your guests can take with them when they leave.
- It’s also nice to have a folding luggage rack or a dresser top cleared so they have a place to put their suitcase while they unpack and repack it. This will save them from having to bend over constantly to access the suitcase while it sits on the floor.
- In the closet, provide them with space to hang their clothes and some extra hangers.
- These are some other items to you might want to include in the room:
- Full length mirror
- TV with remote control
- Universal charger
- Tray or dish to hold keys, loose change, and such
- Ironing board & iron
- Pencil and paper
- Box of tissues
- Waste basket
THE GUEST BATHROOM
- Have plenty of bath towels, hand towels, and facecloths available to them. You can find excellent quality towels for less at the same types of stores you find the sheets.
- Put together a basket of toiletries. You can purchase travel sizes at most discount stores. This will save your guests a trip to the store for any forgotten items. Here are some things to include:
- Soap and lotion
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, and dental floss
- Pain reliever
- Disposable razors
- Feminine products (You can tuck these discreetly away in a drawer or pouch)
- Lint roller, sewing kit and safety pins
- Shower cap
- For additional convenience, it would be nice to include these items in the bathroom:
- Night light
- Hair dryer
- Door hook for their robe
- Unisex robe, XL
- Disposable slippers
- Nothing says welcome like a basket of treats. Your guests will appreciate having fresh fruits, packaged crackers, cookies and bottled water available to them in their room.
- If they like coffee, you could even set up a small coffee station with a single or two-cup coffee maker, cups, and all the fixings. They may want to enjoy a cup in the morning before they come out to see everyone. (Some people consider themselves inhuman before they’ve had their first cup of coffee in the morning.)
- If your guests are staying a while and you really want to take the extra step, here are some special items you could have available to them:
- A card with your address, home phone and cell phone numbers, emergency contacts, and WiFi access codes
- A map of the area
- A list of places in the neighborhood they may want/need to visit (24-hour pharmacy, churches, shops)
- Brochures, guidebooks or local magazines that cover nearby activities or attractions
- A disposable camera
- Games, activity books or toys for kids
- Something else that I always like to include in my house and guest room are fresh flowers. They brighten up any room. Though, you might want to find out if your guests have any allergies or breathing problems beforehand. If they don’t, find out which flower is their favorite. It’s a thoughtful touch to put them in their room.
SHOP FOR GUEST ROOM ESSENTIALS
These guest room essentials will help you to create a comfortable guest room that will help make your visitors feel welcome. What special things do you like to do for your overnight guests?
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