The holidays are fast approaching and for many people that means an abundance of overnight guests. While you don’t necessarily want your guests to stay too long, you do want to make them feel comfortable at their home away from home.
Not everyone has the space to allow for a dedicated guest room, but that doesn’t mean your guests have to sleep on an air mattress in the kitchen. Take your home office for example – adding wall shelves and file cabinets can help take some of the clutter off the ground and allow space for a multi-functional day bed. A file cabinets can even serve double duty as a nightstand.
Don’t have a lot of time and money to invest in your guest room? That’s Ok – instead of painting every wall, just pick one wall and do an accent color or wallpaper.
Instead of investing in a large art piece, save some money and do a “grouping” instead. Create an arrangement of framed photographs, postcards and quotes to add personality and interest.
Or throw the budget out the window and create a posh room that would rival any master bedroom. A large, comfy bed with dramatic, luxurious fabrics will make any guest feel like they are staying at a five-star hotel.
No matter how much money you spend or don’t spend, the most important thing is for your guest to feel comfortable. Be sure the linens on the bed are fresh and inviting. Tuck a dryer sheet under the pillows between visits to eliminate musty smells.
Simple indulgences like fresh flowers and candles will show your guest that you are pleased to have them visit. It’s also a good idea to have extra bathroom essentials (toothbrush, shampoo, etc…) just in case!
Make sure your guests have a place to sit and unpack their belongings. A small bench, chair or end table should do the trick.
Enjoy time with your friends and family this holiday season – just make sure they have a checkout date in mind when they come to visit!