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Make Your Guest Room Feel Like Home
Saturday, 01 June 2019

If you're having overnight guests, here are some tips to make your guest room as comfortable for them as possible.

Have you ever stayed at a friend's house and spent the whole night wishing you were back home in your own bed? It's a feeling we've all experienced, and a feeling we want to avoid.

And because you know that feeling, you feel inspired to turn your guest room into a place where people can feel comfortable and truly at home.

Whether you're planning on hosting friends or family, or you're going to rent out your room through a site like Airbnb, making an effort can make a big difference in your guest's experience.

Keep reading for some top tips for turning your guest room into a home away from home.

Prioritize Comfort

There's nothing worse than spending the night on an old mattress that leaves you with a killer backache the next day. If there's only one tip you utilize from this list, it should be to maximize comfort for your guests.

First and foremost, make sure the bed is comfortable and has clean sheets and blankets. Then, be sure your guest room has basic necessities like a bedside table and a lamp. Furthermore, it is imperative to ensure that they have ample space and this can mean changing the layout of your room such as turning it into a loft. This will free up much more space and if you don't know where to start searching, try keying in south london loft conversions online to check out your options.

Without these things, your guest room might as well be non-existent, because no one will want to sleep in it.

Focus on the Details

Once you have the basic necessities, it's time to start making additions to make the room feel unique. Adding decor to complete the style of the room can make the space feel complete.

Add paintings and wall decor to bring the room to life. Include some beautiful flowers where you can. Not only will they brighten the room, but it'll smell fantastic.
And most importantly, make sure the room is spotless. You don't want your guests spending their time in a room full of stains, pet hair, and other unwanted additions. It'll make them feel uncomfortable like they're living in someone else's mess.

Anticipate Their Needs

Have you ever spent the night somewhere and woken up freezing cold, without another blanket to warm you up? This is just one example of why it's important to anticipate your guest's needs.

Always provide extra blankets, pillows, and towels for them to use. Put out a pitcher of water on a desk or table in the room with a couple of glasses. Leave hangers in the closet for them to hang their clothes.

These are things your guest will likely need, and you'll be answering their requests before they have the chance to ask.

Provide the Necessities

People forget things all the time when they travel, so it's courteous to include those things in their room.

Some things you should give have in the guest room include phone chargers, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, and a razor.

Be sure to have the WiFi name and password written down so your guests can access it right away. Also, include some brochures that have information on local activities and restaurants to visit.

If you have multiple guests staying with you, make sure you include an air mattress, so everyone has a place to sleep. You can use air compressors to fill up the mattress with air before they arrive easily.

Include Luxury Amenities

If you want your guest to feel special, like they're staying in a high-end hotel, including luxury amenities, is a necessity.

Luxury means giving someone more than what they normally have. You'll want to include things your guests aren't already expecting, so you blow them away with the effort you've put forth. This really goes a long way in making your guests feel special.

So what kind of amenities should you include? Here are some ideas:
  • A bottle of wine (if your guests are 21 or older)
  • A TV with streaming capabilities and access to Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and more
  • A gift basket with small, local treasures
  • Homemade snacks and treats
  • A mini fridge with drinks
If your preparing a guest room to be rented out, these small additions can make your room much more valuable and will make you more money per night.

Consider Their First Impression

First impressions are everything, and you only have one chance to leave your guest with a great first impression, so don't mess it up! Some of the first things your guests will notice include:
  • How the room smells
  • How the bed looks
  • How cramped or open the room feels
  • How much light there is
In order to wow your guests right off the bat, you need to address each of these things.

Make sure when your guests open the door, they aren't hit with a weird smell. You want your room to have a soft, pleasant smell that isn't overpowering.
The bed needs not only to be made, but it needs to look neat. Smooth out any wrinkles and make it look symmetrical.

If you have a small room, make sure you don't over pack your room full of things that aren't necessary. You may feel inclined to include decor and extra seating, but sometimes it can make a room feel cramped and claustrophobic, so be mindful of that.

If your guests are arriving during the daytime, have the windows open to allow natural light in the room. You don't want them feeling like they've walked into a dungeon. If they arrive at night, have a soft light on that isn't too bright.

Turn Your Guest Room into an Oasis

If you have a spare bedroom, it's easy just to call it a guest room. But with that basic setup, your guests will feel far from home.

By taking a few steps to go above and beyond, you can turn your guests' experience into something they'll remember and want to return to.

Looking for some more ideas to improve your home? Check out our life hacks blog page for some great tips!
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