Are you going to be hosting visitors sometime soon? Whether it is for a holiday or the summer travel season, creating a peaceful haven for guests in your home is a great way to practice hospitality. Here are 12 ideas for guest rooms that include my favorite simple ways to prepare a lovely and gracious place for friends and family.
Provide your guests with an attractive bed including a comfortable mattress that is neither too firm nor too soft. Dress the bed with quality sheets and blankets. If possible, have a variety of pillows on hand ranging from soft to firm so your guests can find the ones that are just right. Tuck a few extra blankets in the closet.
Place a nightstand next to the bed. If you don’t have a nightstand, a small table or even a chair can work. Add a lamp and alarm clock. Tune the radio in to a station you think they would like. If you are able to purchase a alarm clock with CD player, put a few peaceful CDs in the drawer.
Make sure your guests have plenty of room to unpack and hang up their clothes. Provide a variety of shirt hangers and skirt/pants hangers to meet whatever needs they may have. It looks especially nice if the hangers match. A dozen white hangers is inexpensive, but looks neat and uniform.
Dresser or Chest of Drawers
If possible, equip your guest room with a dresser or chest of drawers. Line the drawers with pretty drawer liners. If you don’t wish to purchase drawer liner, leftover wallpaper also works well and will generally stay flat in the bottom of the drawers. A pretty contact paper will work as well and should lie flat without needing to use the adhesive side. Avoid using anything with scents in case any of your guests have a sensitivity to them.
If your guest room doesn’t have a private bath attached, make sure you have a large mirror in the room. It can be something as simple as a full length mirror in the closet. At the very least, put a small mirror on the wall for combing hair.
Think “spa-like” and your guests will love you forever! Even if your bathroom doesn’t look like a spa but rather 1950s America, you can still add the little touches that will make it a restful place to be.
Provide your guests with plenty of soft towels and be sure to provide fresh ones every day. A bath mat is also helpful. A small basket of quality bathroom items is always appreciated. Soaps, bubble bath, hand lotions, shampoo, feminine needs and such are all a nice touch. You can even leave a small note in the basket inviting them to take the items home with them – including the basket! A candle with matches and a small bouquet of flowers in a pretty vase will also contribute to making the bathroom inviting. Music is also appreciated whether it is a small radio or CD player.
Snacks and Such
Do they like coffee or tea in the morning or evening? If so, equip the room with a small coffee maker and leave a tray with a basket of coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, and spoons with tea cups or mugs. A small basket of snacks that complement their favorite beverage would certainly be enjoyed.
Telephone, Phone Book and Charger
Although many people have a cellphone, not everyone does. If your guests don’t have a phone, be sure they have access to a telephone for private conversations and local telephone book, especially if they are traveling from far away. It is also nice to have a universal charger for cell phones/smart phones available in the room.
Be sure to provide your guests with the log-in information for your WiFi!
Pencils, Pens and Paper
Include a few pencils, pens and paper in the nightstand drawer or next to the telephone.
Tissues and Wastebasket
Place a box of nice tissues and a wastebasket next to the bed, even if you have them in the guest bathroom.
If you want to create an extra nice guest room, a small television is a nice touch!
And for a bonus number thirteen, don’t forget a nightlight!
Most importantly, remember that an enjoyable stay for your guests is primarily dependent on a thoughtful and peaceful hostess. If you have planned ahead and are enjoying yourself, then chances are your guests will, too!
Preparing a special guest room doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. But just thinking through what will be most important to your guests, you can provide them with a lovely experience!
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