By Jennifer Adams
Hosting friends and family in my home is one of my favorite things to do. But not all guest rooms are created equal, and there are some minimum requirements that each guest room should have in order to make your guests feel as comfortable as they would if they were in their own home.
ideal guest room should provide the comforts of home because it not only makes your guests feel welcome, it actually makes for an easier time for you, too. Regardless
if you have more than one guest suite in your home or a guest corner in your home
office, here are some ways to make your guests’ stay as enjoyable as possible.
guests aren’t picky about their free accommodations, but a closed door goes a
long way in making everyone more comfortable. If you have a choice of rooms in
your house to dedicate as a guest room, choose the one that’s furthest away but
still close to a bathroom if there is not one “in suite.”
If the room has multiple uses besides a guest room, let your
guests have their privacy and move the computer or sewing machine out into
another room for the duration. Don’t try to share the room, none of you will
2. A comfortable and
clean bed, fresh sheets and extra blankets.
You don’t need to buy an
expensive mattress since it won’t be used every day. Do use zipped mattress and
pillow protectors, however. This will reduce allergens for your guests and keep
the whole bed cleaner. Go easy or don’t use scented fabric softeners, too. Some
people are very sensitive or allergic to fragrances.
If you’re on a tight budget or don’t have a full room to
dedicate to a guest room, camping stores such as REI sell reasonably priced inflatable
mattresses. Ask the staff for a comfortable one that won’t lose air overnight.
Other space saving options include Murphy style beds that pull out
of cabinetry and sleeper sofas or futons, which are much better than they’ve
been in the past.
3. Space for their
A little closet space and clutter-free nightstands or dresser surfaces go a
long way in making your guests feel welcome. A bench or folding racks for luggage will keep dirty suitcases off your clean bedspread, and will make
their stuff more accessible than spreading it all out on the floor.
4. Clear pathways. Consider your
guests wandering around in an unfamiliar house in the dark. Use nightlights in
the hall and bathroom. Provide one for their use in the room itself, too.
Benches, chairs and beds should have rounded or recessed legs to
reduce tripping hazards. Move the clutter on the floor, especially the bulky
things with sharp corners like storage crates. Make sure rocking chairs have
plenty of space around the runners, otherwise don’t put them in the guest room.
5. Goody Baskets save your guests
from being uncomfortable asking you for a snack. Stock with bottled water, both
healthy and decadent snacks such as granola or protein bars as well as candy,
travel maps and restaurant guides, extra overnight supplies such as
toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, soaps, shampoo, unscented lotions, disposable
razors and even a little case with some feminine supplies and some general
Extra clean towels and washcloths are useful, too. I also keep
some cleaning supplies handy, if not in the room then in the bathroom. A couple
of old (but clean) rags, carpet cleaner, clothing spot remover and a spray
cleaner will allow your guests to discreetly clean up an accidental spill
without using your best towels.
Furnishings. Take some notes from hotel rooms. Make sure there is a working
lamp on each side of the bed, so your guests can read in bed or do some work. A
small desk, waste basket and a reading chair is great, too, if there is room.
An alarm clock, plenty of outlets for charging cell phones, Wifi
or internet access and a TV also help make your guest room very functional.
Make sure the remote is easy to use and has working batteries.
And a mirror in the room makes morning routines easier
especially if the bathroom is shared with your family.
Lastly, test out your guest room! Sleep in it so you know how it
works. You may be surprised at something you thought would be nice but is
actually in the way! And, relax. If you’re stressed out about providing the
ultimate experience, your guests won’t feel as comfortable.
Send us a picture of your guest room or tell us a horror story!
We’d love to share what you think.
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