All too often, neglected secondary bedrooms become catchalls for old furniture, forgotten fitness gear, and other odds and ends, rather than inviting places for house guests to rest and recharge.
If you’re on a budget don’t worry; there are plenty of low-cost, high-impact suggestions that will make your guests feel welcome.
So whether you’re expecting to host visitors for a whirlwind weekend getaway or a more extended stay, these stylish guest bedroom ideas ensures a memorable stay.
Create a room that’s light and minimal
One of the easiest ways to nail a guest room is to compare it to what you’d expect a hotel room to look like. You wouldn’t want to stay in a hotel room that was dark and cluttered, so why should your guest room be?
Opt for light colors and keep furniture to a minimum. Even if you tend to use your guest room for storage, make sure it’s all stored properly and free up space in closets and drawers so that guests can unpack and feel at home.
Dress the Windows
Add inexpensive blinds, roller shades or ready-made draperies to any windows that aren’t covered. A guest in your home is on vacation or family event and will appreciate a dark room for sleeping in. If late nights are part of your plans, consider purchasing blackout drapes, which will more efficiently block early morning sunlight.
Fresh Linens and Choice of Pillows
Have freshly laundered linens, comforters, and pillows on hand when guests arrive. A choice of pillows, (add both firm and soft, cozy feather-filled pillows for ultimate comfort) blanket and towels allows guests to make themselves comfortable, without the awkwardness of having to ask.
It’s worth storing these somewhere in the room to keep clutter at bay, but make sure you let your guests know where they can find everything they need.
A robe is also a nice touch that guests can use when they’re having a bit of downtime during their stay. Very often when traveling, we simply don’t have any room in our luggage for a robe.
Experienced a chilly room overnight? Offer an Extra blanket
If you’ve ever stayed overnight in a chilly room, you’ve probably longed for an extra blanket. Make sure your guests can easily find one. A cozy throw, laid across the foot of the bed or thrown over a chair ensures your guests are able to get a good night’s rest.
Water, Toiletries, Hangers and extra TP
No guest likes to have to navigate to the kitchen in the middle of the night for a glass of water. Even if you’ve got nightlights set up, finding a cup in the darkened kitchen is a daunting task. Save your guests the hassle and put some water on their bedside table for them.
Provide basic items like travel-sized toiletries, individual Ibuprofen or aspirin packets, dental floss, and a sewing kit. A couple of sweet and salty snacks are also fun. Add to a basket some sunscreen, too much sun recovery moisturizer, hair dryer, Kleenex and extra toilet paper roll. Provide closet space with a set of matching hangers or empty dresser drawers.
Does time get away from you? A quick glance at a clock…
can give your guests the answer, to “what time is it?” Even though cell phones are omnipresent in our culture, it’s still nice to check the time without lighting up that addictive screen or maybe their phone needs a charge. A small clock in your guest room makes life a little more convenient – and a little less phone-dependent – for your guests.
Add fresh flowers
Flowers can make a room feel brighter, more homey and is an effortless touch you can add to make guests feel especially welcome in your home.
Choose a simple, not-too-fragrant arrangement that will look beautiful but won’t upset allergies. You don’t have to buy an expensive bouquet but remember to water them regularly as dead blooms won’t give off the best impression!
Mirror, mirror on the wall
If your room doesn’t have a bathroom en suite, you need to add one more item to the list of guest bedroom essentials: a mirror. Without a mirror, you force guests to face you without the opportunity to properly clean the sleep out of their eyes in the morning.
A bedside lamp
The right kind of lighting is vital to how it feels to look into and be in a room. Warm, bedside lighting (as opposed to harsh, cold, overhead lighting) can transform a space. Well-considered lighting is not only practical but provides the room with real ambience and warmth.
You want to make sure that your guest feels welcome immediately. Plus, a lot of people like to do a bit of reading before they hit the hay.
Nobody likes to have to get out of bed to turn the lights off before going to sleep. Add a lamp to the nightstand so your guests can stay cozy in
Make yourself at home, use our WiFi password
This cute little printable is customizable with your network and password. Placed on a bedside table in a classic frame, this idea will dress up the information and help draw the eye to it so your visitors can easily connect. Your company will certainly appreciate not having to bug you for the password.
The Key to Happy House guests
Leave out an extra set of keys so friends can come and go freely, and they can avoid the embarrassment of getting locked out.
A trashcan might not seem like a natural fit on a list of guest bedroom essentials but traveling often creates waste. Give your guests a convenient place to toss boarding passes, receipts, granola bar wrappers and water bottles.
Sleep in it for a few nights
You’ll never know how inviting your guest bedroom really is until you test it out yourself. Sleep in it for a couple of nights, and you’ll quickly spot the things it needs. Your perfect Guest Bedroom will ensure a Memorable Stay.
Happy entertaining! And please add your own ideas and suggestions in the comment section of this post!