Ideas & Tips to Make Your Guests Feel At Home
One of the ultimate ways of showing your warmth to guests is through a well-designed, well-thought-out guest room that makes them feel instantly at home. And let’s not forget that apart from your hospitality, it’s also a reflection of your personal taste and style!
The perfect guest room is one that brings together the amenities and luxuries of a hotel room with the charm of intimacy. Here are some features and clever design ideas that will go a long way to ensure your beloved guests have such a comfortable, enjoyable stay that they won’t want to leave!
1. Start with comfy bed and bedding
The best way you can take care of your guests is by treating them to a good night’s rest. Needless to say, bed and bedding is the most basic and crucial feature of the perfect guest room. This means a comfy mattress with high thread-count sheets that preferably have a silk or sateen finish, a warm duvet and all sizes of fluffy pillows. For that additional style and a pop of color, add a bedspread, throw and cushions.
2. Get the lighting right
A well-lit room with lots of natural light will give your guest room a pleasant, welcoming vibe. Having said that, it’s also important to make sure that the windows have the right treatment for temperature and light control. Your blinds and curtains will not only ensure there’s sufficient restful darkness, but also make the room cozy and comfortable.
3. Add warmth with rugs and carpets
Add a nice, fuzzy rug at the foot of the bed so that when your guests step off it, they immediately feel like they’re at home. You can also use rugs and carpets as décor elements to add color accents to an otherwise limited and minimalistic palette.
4. Don’t forget the functional bedside table
A side table is a super useful piece of furniture as it supports all the personal things your guest may need during the night. This could be their cell phone, medicines, eyeglasses, a drink, tissues or even reading material. Imagine having to keep all these things on the floor! Bonus points if you could also include a reading lamp and a vase of flowers to adorn the bedside table.
5. Make space for luggage
Even if your guests come with just a small carry-on, it helps to have some dedicated luggage space so that it doesn’t get in the way. If you can offer it, it would be nice to include an accessible luggage rack, or even some closet or dresser space. Yes, it’s hard to give up that precious storage but be rest assured your guest will truly appreciate not having to live out of a suitcase.
6. Provide accessible power outlets
Almost everyone needs to charge cellphones, tablets, laptops and other devices through the night. Make it easy for your guests to be able to do so without having to bend all the way, crawl on the floor, or stretch their hands behind the bed. Get extension cords on either side of the bed, they’ll thank you for the convenience.
7. Think about the tiny details
It may not seem like much, but little things like a pair of slippers, a reading lamp, toiletries, a wastebasket, a set of reading material, a mirror etc. can make a huge difference! Add a nice, comfy chair so that your guest has more space than just the bed to sit on.
Put yourself in your guest’s shoes and think about all the many little things that could improve your stay even if only by a small fraction. Trust us, the little things do add up.
8. Add your personal touch
When you’ve taken care of all the practical and functional features, don’t hesitate to take a step further and adorn the room with décor elements that define your style. After all, it’s the personal charm that sets your guest room apart from the generic hotel room!
Create an accent wall with a wall-mural or a peel-and-stick wallpaper in a theme that speaks to your taste. If you’re fond of a particular style of art, create a custom art collection. If you’re a plant-mom, show off that green thumb with some lovely greens to fill up corners, window sills and even the walls.
9. Put your guest room to regular use
Who hasn’t had their stay ruined with the musty, fishy stench that often accompanies a room that hasn’t been used in a while! Don’t put your guests through that. After all that effort you put into the perfect bed and the lovely décor, it would be a shame if all they can remember is that unpalatable whiff they experienced every time they entered your guest room.
The best way to avoid this is by putting the room on double duty. Set up your home office or use it as your gym, meditation or reading space. Using it would ensure it gets aired and cleaned regularly. Keep your guest room well-dusted and change the sheets every once in a while to ensure it’s always in top shape when your guests arrive.
What if I don’t have a guest room?
All the ideas and tips for the perfect guest room are swell and great, but what if you don’t have a room to spare for a guest to begin with? Do you have guests over once in a while and you have only the couch to offer them?
Well, not everyone has the luxury of being able to afford a guest room. Living in cities where rents can burn a big hole in the pocket, it may not actually be worth getting an extra bedroom at all. Especially so if you have guests mostly only once or twice a year during the holiday season.
The temporary guest room
Here’s a creative solution – set up a temporary guest room! Yes, a temporary room with walls and a door. No, it doesn’t have to be complicated at all. No need for contractors and carpenters. In fact, with a modular temporary wall like this L-Shaped mounted partition, you can set up your temporary guest room on your own with nothing but a drill and a screwdriver. And get this - you can create it from scratch to finish in under an hour!
Once you have the temporary guest room set up, what’s stopping you from making it the ‘perfect guest room’? Add personality to the walls with peel-and-stick wallpaper, floating shelves and hanging art. Take your setup a notch higher with a wall-mounted bed. Simply pull down the bed when you have guests over, so that they have comfort along with the privacy you can now afford to give them. No need to be embarrassed about putting them up on the couch in the living room anymore.
When the guests are gone, simply dismantle the partition wall and store the modular elements until the next guest visit. The bed can also disappear into the wall. Yes, setting up a temporary guest room can really be that simple!
Create the perfect guest room in a jiffy
Who doesn’t like the title of the ‘ultimate host’! These tips and ideas are sure to up your hosting game and give your guests a stay they won’t forget. It doesn’t really have to be difficult or complicated at all.
However, if you’re struggling with the setup - if you’re stuck with a weird layout or need help with creating a temporary guest room, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Our team of space design experts will gladly present different options, and help you with optimized and affordable solutions so that you can have your perfect guest room ready in no time.