Tips for creating a guest-ready home
When you invite people over, you'll need to do more than just cook and clean. Share the love every time you host guests for short visits, shared meals, parties, or overnight stays with these tips and tricks that get your home ready for guests.
Creating guest-ready bedrooms
Creating a cozy, comfortable space for your guests to slumber is the key to providing the ultimate sleepover experience. No matter if you're prepping for company during the holidays or outfitting an extra room so it's always ready, it helps to include a few important ingredients in the mix.
Bedroom furniture: Any space can transform into an instant guest bedroom if you add an air mattress. But if you're outfitting a dedicated guest room, the bed itself is the star of the show. Choose wisely; a queen or king bed provides ample space for comfort. If you have the room, additional furnishings that add comfort and convenience include:
- An end table for books, glasses, and a cup of water
- A comfortable chair for curling up and reading a book or relaxing
- A luggage rack, chair, or additional table to provide guests with easy access to their suitcases
Linens: Fresh, clean sheets and sumptuous bedding make guests feel right at home. Consider these options:
- Flannel and fleece sheets are extra-cozy for winter months, microfiber offers easy-care solutions, and classic cotton works in all seasons.
- Quilts and bedspreads are lightweight toppers, while comforters provide added warmth. Depending on where you live and the weight of the comforter, you could use the same one year-round or switch them up seasonally.
- An all-position pillow that has consistent loft caters to back, side, and stomach sleepers.
- Throw blankets add extra color and texture to the bed while providing guests with another layer of warmth if they need it.
- Throw pillows are like icing on a cake. They top off the bed and bring your guest bedroom decor together while adding extra fluff and cushioning. Throw pillows also give you a great opportunity to add some seasonal flair.
Decor: Table lamps provide your guests with ambient lighting that's ideal for everything from relaxing to reading to getting a little late-night work done. It also gives you another opportunity to add layers of decorative appeal with chic lampshades and beautiful bases. And that's not the only decor to consider for your guest room:
- Roll fluffy towels in a decorative basket to place on an end table and provide guests with at-the-ready bathing necessities.
- At least one mirror is a must-have for last-minute primping and simple grooming. An oversized mirror resting against the wall gives guests full-length views in addition to making a statement.
- Nightlights can keep guests from bumping around in the dark. If you don't want to use a traditional nightlight, an essential oil diffuser that lights up can add extra illumination. Or you could opt for the warm glow of a salt lamp for the perfect extra lighting.
- Simple artwork that echoes your preferred color palette sets the tone in the room and can enhance the serene atmosphere you're providing.
Extras: Space, time and budget permitting, consider going the extra mile to create a guest room that's sure to leave an impression on anyone spending the night. Providing extra toiletries adds convenience in case your guests forget essentials like toothpaste or shampoo. A blank journal is the perfect spot to note any special internet access instructions, and it doubles as a spot for your guests to leave you a sweet note. Other extras to consider include:
- A key to the house and code to the alarm
- Reading material like books and magazines
- Bottled water
- Treats such as chocolate or cookies
- A comfort station with a small coffee maker, coffee, and tea
- Local visitor guide in case your guests want to go out and explore on their own
Tips for getting the rest of the house guest-ready
Taking time to clean your home and organize shared spaces with plenty of seating and comfort is important. These tips can help get the rest of your home in tip-top shape:
- Entryway: Dust entryway furniture, replace any burned out light bulbs, and make sure there's ample space for your guests to hang their coats. While you're at it, sweep the exterior of your entryway and add a welcome mat.
- Kitchen: Clean out the refrigerator, organize the pantry, and clear out old items. Stock up on your guests' favorite snacks and beverages.
- Living room: Fluff your throw pillows or swap them out for seasonal items. Dim overhead lighting and turn on your table lamps to create a warm, cozy atmosphere. Clear out clutter and add accent chairs or additional seating as needed to make sure everyone has a spot to relax and catch up with each other. A fresh throw blanket and accent rug could be the perfect additions to finish and freshen up the look of your space.
- Dining room: Having plenty of seating is a must in this room. Additionally, consider revamping the look with a new tablecloth or table linens and elegant tableware for shared meals. Candles (traditional or flameless) show you went the extra mile for coziness.