Create a Cozy Guest Room with These Top Tips


If you regularly host overnight visitors, chances are you’d prefer to offer them something more than a couch and blanket. Use this blueprint and your guests will be left saying, “wow, you really did think of everything!”


1. Start with Basics

Every guest room requires some standard elements. These include:

  • Pillows – too many people stick their old pillows in the guest room. Be kinder to your visitors and get a couple of allergy-friendly washable pillows and pretty quilt bundle sets.
  • Blankets – be sure to keep spare covers handy, particularly materials that won’t snag, shrink in the wash or fade. Don’t forget those cozy quilted throws for the winter time.
  • Inflatable mattress – if you don’t have a permanent bed, choose an inflatable bed that won’t have your guests waking up on the floor.
  • Alarm clock – throw away that eighties-era clock radio and give your guests a more modern iPod dock.
  • Final touches – don’t forget the little things like hangers, a bedside lamp, extra toilet paper and enough bath towels.


2. Add Helpful Extras

New visitors won’t know the quirks of your house, so be sure to make it easy for them to adapt effortlessly. Add things like motion-sensor nightlights to save them fumbling in the dark. Also label remote controls, and other systems that could be confusing. If you have the time, type up an instruction sheet with Wi-Fi passwords, alarm codes and even TV channels.

3. Check for Hazards

Carefully evaluate your guest room for any precarious situations. Check the area rugs for potential snags where someone could slip and fix anything that could cause your guest to trip or stub a toe.

4. Make It as Convenient as a Hotel, but More Homely

One of the nicest parts about staying in a friend’s home is that it offers all the comforts of home. But you can take a few more steps to ensure visitors feel extra comfortable. Place a fresh pitcher of water on the nightstand each night so guests don’t need to get up if they’re thirsty, or offer a phone charger, slippers, a box of tissues and even travel-size toiletries. A pretty bowl of whole nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, cloves and fresh rosemary sprigs is a quick and attractive potpourri. You could even leave a small dish on the bedside table for guests to keep their lose change and jewelry in.

5. Remove Your Personal Stuff

If you usually use your spare room as an office or play room, remove everything you’ll need during your visitor’s stay.

6. Do a Dust Check

Dust collects in rooms that aren’t used that much, so give the room a clean sweep before your guests arrive. Don’t forget to check spaces like picture frames, mirrors, lamp shades, drapes and blinds. Give the carpet a good vacuum, too.

7. Do a Dry-Run Before They Arrive

Spend the night in your own spare room to make sure everything is comfortable and working. Check the lightbulbs and that closet doors close properly and windows open easily.

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