Many of us don’t have family and friends over often because there is just no room for them!
A lot of us have started out in the mindset that an extra bedroom would be a perfect guest room, but over the years it has became a home office and our dreams of having our family over to stay a weekend has fallen to the wayside.
It really isn’t that hard to make that spare room into the room of your guests dream if you can just follow a few simple steps.
You don’t necessarily have to have a bed for your guests. A pullout sofa sleeper could work just fine if you are only having one or 2 guests over at the time.
This is also great if the room is a home office. It will definitely add function and comfort for you and your guests.
How about a child’s play area? If that extra bedroom has turned into a play room, than you can add a futon or daybed in there. Not only will it provide room for sleeping, but your kids can also use it as a couch to play or watch TV on. Futons are often pretty inexpensive and can be found at most retailers; even Wal-Mart and Target often have some under $200.
Add a nice plush rug and a small dresser to act as a nightstand and so your guests can have a few drawers to put in their belongings in. Put a nice table lamp on top and a selection of books or magazines alongside an alarm clock to make them feel more at home.
Don’t forget to add color to the walls and maybe even some artwork. No one wants to look at bare white walls on their vacation. Add window coverings as well, your guest might not want the sun shining brightly while they are trying to relax or sleep in.
Add a few scented candles and some nice fluffy pillows and throw blankets.
Your guest might have forgotten some items at home, so why not put together an “away” basket with things like travel bottles of shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, soaps and deodorants. You can often find things like small body sprays or aftershaves also. You can also get full sized items of lotion or bubble bath that they can use at your home and theirs. These types of items will make your friends feel welcome and maybe not so embarrassed to say they forgot their items back at home.
Make sure to stock their room with plenty of fresh white towels and washcloths so they won’t have to bother anyone if they want to get up and shower early. I am sure your guest won’t want to wake you up to ask about these things.
You might want to make them a spare key to your home and out it on a keychain that they can keep when they leave.
This allows them to come and go as they please. This is especially nice if they are staying more than just a few days.
Remember that they might need to do laundry on their stay so put in a nice whicker hamper so that they can store their dirty items.
No matter the theme of your room or the original function, you will want to make it feel as close to home as you can while your guest is there. Adding a few simple elements will do the trick and I am sure they will be happy no matter where they have to stay.