How To Create A Great Guest Room

Are you at a point in your life when you can finally have a wonderful guest room? In the past, perhaps you have placed guests in one of the children's rooms, or even on a sofa in the family room. Perhaps you are moving into a new home with a designated guest room.  Or, you may be converting another room into a guest room. Either way, here are some ideas that might help you to create something special.  It might help you to think of what is available to you in a nice hotel or motel room.  Or, just consider what you enjoy in your own bedroom to help you envision what you want in the guest room.

Start With Comfort - A very good place to start is to actually consider a bad night's sleep on a lousy mattress. No matter how beautifully the room was decorated, you simply could not get comfortable.

  • Think of going to a mattress store to try different mattresses out. The clerk will show you basic mattresses that are very affordable. On the other hand, you may want to give your guests the best night's sleep they've ever had by spending a bit more money on a mattress.
  • A more expensive mattress can actually have a different level of firmness just by adjusting numbers. In fact, two sides of the bed can be either firm or soft, depending on how they are set.
  • A bonus is that reputable mattress stores will allow you to have a certain amount of time with the new mattress before a final decision is made. If you don't like it, you can select a different mattress. In most cases, you can even get a refund on your money. Just keep your receipt!  
  • Consider getting different family members to sleep on the bed. And, of course, you will want to sleep in it, too.

Add Thoughtful Extras- Now that you have settled on a mattress, think of the other things that will make your guest room a nice place to be.

  • Bedside table lamps are excellent for your guests who like to read themselves to sleep. A nightlight is also a great addition. 
  • Have a couple of extra blankets or comforters folded across the bottom of the bed, just in case your guests need them.
  • Provide a basket of fruit and some little candy bars for snacking time. Don't forget to put napkins in the basket.
  • Add a pretty box that will hold things like note cards, stamps, a pen, hand and body lotion, little shampoos, a pair of new socks and a new magazine.

A nice touch is to have a guestbook in the room. It will be fun for you to read what your guests have written and to have an account of who has stayed in your home.

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