Ever wondered about the essentials you need to make your guest bedroom welcoming, comfortable, and extra cozy? If you already have plans to host guest at your house, then I’m sure this thought has been on your mind. But even if you don’t have a firm date planned, I’ve learned that it’s a good idea to always have your guest bedroom ready. Sometimes life happens and you’ll need to play host without any advance notice. That’s happened to me a time or two before and believe me, when that time comes, you’ll be so happy that you already have your guest bedroom prepared. With that said, I can’t wait to share with you my tips for setting up the perfect guest bedroom. But, before we get started, go ahead and join my FREE Decorating Made Easy Challenge. You’ll learn the tricks to easily decorate your home, even if you don’t have an eye for design.. Now let’s get started.
10 Essentials To Make Your Guest Bedroom Welcoming, Comfortable, and Extra Cozy
- Set up a comfortable bed – of course, one of the first things people think about when setting up a comfortable guest bedroom is making sure that the bed is take care of. So, let’s start by making sure the mattress is comfy. Then move on to adding proper bedding. And when it comes to picking out the right covers, remember that comfort and style can go together. You can style your guest bed with plenty of bedroom essentials like fresh linen, blankets, and pillows. And if you want more help making a bed to look like a million bucks, check out my post how to style a cozy bed, layer by layer.
- Dress up the décor – okay, so we just went over the décor like throw pillows and blankets. You know, the décor that you use when styling your actual bed. But let’s not forget about the decorating that goes into the rest of the bedroom. Adding a cute accessories to the nightstands, dresser and reading chair can go a long way in making your guest room look more inviting and welcoming. Choose colors that go along with the mood you’re trying to set. Are you going for a moody and artsy room or a serene and peaceful retreat? Choosing your desired feel of the room will help you pick the accessories that go best.
- Add the right furniture – okay, so we talked a bit about furniture earlier when I mentioned how important it is to have a comfortable mattress. And I just mentioned that you should think about the mood you want to create in the guest bedroom when it comes to choosing your accessories. But you need to put your accessories on something – and this is where your furniture comes in. Obviously, guest bedroom essentials include the bed, nightstand, and dresser. But you can also tuck a comfy reading chair in the corner to make your guest bedroom more welcoming. Or even consider doubling a bedside table as a writing desk. If your guest bedroom isn’t an en-suite (has a bathroom attached) consider adding a full-length mirror to make things easier when your guests get dressed and ready for their day.
- Add thoughtful, welcoming touches – thoughtful and welcoming touches can include anything that helps your guest feel at home. Perhaps you can give them a copy of your house key or the code to your alarm system so they can come and go as these please (and without disturbing you). Or while your guests actually in the house, giving them your WIFI password can go a long way in making sure they have what they need to get comfy. As far as extra special touches to the actual guest room, you can add a small fan or heater. And I’m sure if you place an alarm clock by the bed, along with a lamp, jewelry tray and iPhone charger will be well appreciated, too.
- Brighten up the room – there’s nothing more claustrophobic that being in room that feels dark and dingy. So, do everything you can to brighten up the space in your guest bedroom. Paint the walls a bright and cheery color if this bedroom doesn’t get a lot of natural light. And pull back the curtains and open the windows for a breath of fresh air of you haven’t done so in a while. Right before your guests come, light candles, and leave fresh flowers by the nightstand or on a tray on the bed is also a nice touch.
- Layer on the luxury: there are several ways you can make your guest bedroom feel more luxurious. Leave high-quality bath products like plush towels and bathrobes, and scented soaps and lotions. You can also include a scented candle and wall scent or diffuser for a little smell good. For an extra bit of luxury, you can leave a suitcase luggage rack inside the closet as a nice surprise. You can even leave a notepad and pen with a welcome not on one of the nightstands just like in hotels!
- Stock the necessities – be the “hostess with the mostess” by keeping extra toiletries and other bathroom items on hand. And don’t forget the guest bathroom. Most of your guests will bring these items with them, but just in case they forget, it’s nice to have some on hand just in case. Necessities include shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and lotion. And while you’re gathering those things together, check that you have a trash can, towels, and washcloths ready.
- Add a touch of personality – truth be told, it’s really easy to decorate a basic guest bedroom just by following the steps above. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you to add your personality to the room. If you’re all about family, decorate with pictures of kids or grandkids. If you’re a big into painting, you might want to use a few of your own art pieces to decorate the room. Adding personal touches that include your hobbies or interest will make the room more personal. And be more of a reason for a friend or family member to enjoy staying in your guest room as opposed to a standard looking hotel room.
- Check for repairs – depending on the last time you had guests spend the night, you’ll want to check and make sure everything is in working order. If it’s been a long time since you’ve had guests over, you’ll want to give yourself a few weeks of breathing room in case you need to make repairs. Things to check might be blown out light bulbs, broken door handles, or a stopped-up toilet.
- Make sure the guest room is clean and tidy – last but not least, after your guest room is completely set up, decorated and ready for the next guest, do a double check. Something that you’ll always want to do right before your guests arrive is to check to make sure that everything is set up, clean and ready to wrap your guests up in the comforts of home. You’ll want to check might be that the sheets and towels are clean and that everything has been dusted.
10 Essentials To Make Your Guest Bedroom Welcoming, Comfortable, and Extra Cozy
We just went over the essentials to make your guest bedroom super welcoming, comfortable, and extra cozy. The essentials will help you prepare whether you host guests every weekend or once a year. Either way, as the person providing the housing accommodations, you want your guests to feel at home. And of course, you want to be thoughtful. If you’re ready to take the next step to make your guest feel at home, then go ahead and join my FREE Decorating Made Easy Challenge. You’ll learn the tricks to easily decorate your home, even if you don’t have an eye for design.
And please, take a few minutes and leave a comment below and let me know how these tips have helped you.
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I don’t personally have a guest room (too many kids at home still! 😉) but my mom has guests in all the time, and I get to “fix up” her guest rooms. I like to add some spare blankets and a variety of pillows to the rooms. The basement one gets an electric blanket too! Most recently I added a basket of snacks for my brother-in-law (who visits often), since we found out he’s a late-night-snacker and felt a little uncomfortable raiding his new mother-in-law’s kitchen. 😁 I have so much fun with it! Your suggestions are all right-on, Tamara! Thanks!