The guest bedroom in your home should be an oasis for your guests. A calm and relaxing place where they can enjoy their stay while visiting you. Taking good care of your guests and making them comfortable is a beautiful way of showing how much you care. Which is why home owners take so much time and effort into making their guest bedroom as hospitable as possible. If you need a little help getting started, then you are in the right place. In this guide, we are going to share our top tips in order to help you create your best guest bedroom. Stick around to learn more.
Warning: After implementing all of the following tips, your guests will never want to leave your home. Proceed with caution.
Pick Out Simple Décor
You don’t need to go overboard with creating a theme for your guest bedroom. You will have different people with different taste coming in and out of your guest bedroom. Which is why you want to make it as universally appealing as possible. Think of it like creating a little hotel or bed and breakfast space for your loved ones.
If creating a hotel like space sounds impersonal to you. Then you can add a bit of your personal touches to make it feel more like a home and less like a hotel room.
Not sure how to design a timeless classic bedroom? Check out our post Timeless Bedroom Designs to see examples and get our tips and tricks to classic design.
Add Personal Touches
It is nice to have your guest bedroom reflect that they are staying in your home. Whether it is a few tasteful family photos, a handmade family quilt, some familial heirlooms or what have you.
If you want to keep any portraits out of the bedroom space, landscape photos from your favorite vacation spots can also be a beautiful personal touch to add to a guest bedroom in lieu of other art pieces.
Adding a few of your favorite books or movies for them to enjoy while they are lounging in their bedroom space or getting ready for bed can be another way to personalize your guests stay. It can also make great conversation at the breakfast table.
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Pick a Comfortable Mattress
Folks often joke and tease about making their guest bedrooms uncomfortable in an effort to ensure no one stays too long. In an ideal world, you want to create a relaxing stay for your guests. As well as have considerate friends and family that know not to overstay their welcome, no matter how comfortable the mattress is.
If you have invited someone to stay in your home, we assume you love them enough that you would like that to have a comfortable night’s sleep. To do so, you are going to want a good mattress that will be comfortable for most people and most sleeping positions. Try to stay away from anything overly soft or firm, and stick to a medium firmness with some nice comfort layers on top. Think of a good quality hotel mattress feels like. Skip to the bottom of this post to get our top picks for guest bedroom mattresses.
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Layer Your Blankets & Pillows
Have multiple layers of sheets, quilts, and a thicker duvet or comforter may seem a bit old school. However, there is some rather sound logic behind why you make a bed with these layers. It give your guest an easy way to ensure they do not get too cold or hot. If you keep your home a bit warmer than they prefer, instead of waking you up to adjust the temperature in the house, they can simply use less bedding.
While if it is a bit colder than how they typically sleep, then can bundle up under more layers. This is an easy way to make sure your guests are as comfortable as possible. We also suggest providing a good number of pillows. At least two per person, one that is a loftier size and another with a thinner profile. This again allows your guest to customize their pillow height in order to sleep comfortably.
If you really want to go above and beyond, or you prefer to keep the bed looking clean and simple. You can always keep extra pillows and blankets in the guest closet, so they know where to get them if they need them.
Always Provide Clean Linens
This should be an obvious one, but it can sometimes get left to the last minute if you are not thinking about having to wash the bedding, or if you have a last-minute guest come to visit. In the case we suggest always having an extra set of clean bedding on hand.
This allows you to be able to simply change the sheets and you know the bed is fresh and clean for your guest, without having to remember if you washed the bedding after your last visitor.
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Create Storage Space
When creating your guest space, you should always take into consideration the needs of your guest. One that may slip your mind is the need for storage space. Not only for hanging or folding their clothes and personal items, but also to put their suitcases.
If you are lacking in closet or floor space, you may want to consider getting a bedframe that allows enough space for a standard to large size suitcase to comfortable fit underneath. This way they can easily store their luggage under the bed after unpacking.
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Keep An Extra Set Of Bedding On Hand
It is always a good idea to have a clean set of backup sheets and bedding for your guest bed throughout your guests stay. While you will most likely not being washing the bedding during your guests stay, you never know when an accident may happen.
Which is why having an extra set of clean sheets can come in handy in a pinch. No one will need to stay up late waiting for the sheets to come out of the dryer. Instead, you can simply pop on the backup set of sheets and everyone will be ready to get back to enjoying each other’s company.
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Use A Mattress Protector
Accidents happen, and you don’t want your guests feeling like they ruined your guest bedroom mattress. Which is why we always recommend using a mattress protector. It is also a rather important hygiene layer. When many different people are sleeping on a mattress, especially after traveling. You don’t want everyone’s sweat, skin, and oils getting into the same mattress.
Instead, use a mattress protector. If you can. We highly recommend one that protects against bed bugs. This is especially true if you have a lot of guests that come to visit from out of town. Bed bugs can travel not only on people, but on luggage as well. Which can be nearly impossible to fully remove from a mattress once they get in. Using a protector will allow you to safely salvage your mattress if bedbugs make their way into your guest bedroom.
There is a reason why hotel rooms always provide toiletries, and it isn’t just because it is a nice treat. We often forget things when we travel. Or things get thrown out at the airport, or baggage gets lost. Which is why it is always a good idea to have the essentials on hand for your guests.
This way everyone can feel fresh and clean during their stay with you. All without having to make a last-minute trip to the store. We suggest supplying tooth paste, a new tooth brush, shampoo, body wash, conditioner, face wash, mouth wash, and more if you are feeling generous. These are just the basic suggestions that hotels often provide. However, if you would like to add on items like single use razors, hairspray, moisturizer, luxury lotion etc. Then feel free to do so.
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Put Entertainment In The Guest Room
Typically, when you have friends or family staying at your home you want to spend time together. They are visiting you more than they are visiting your home. Which means in room entertainment is not at important. However, for the time they do spend in their room, it can be nice to give them some entertainment to enjoy, perhaps while they are getting ready in the morning, or while they are heading off to sleep.
A TV is often a nice touch, it allows folks to check in with the news in the morning, or watch a bit of their favorite show before bed. A speaker that can connect to smartphones can be a nice touch for listening to music or their favorite podcast. These little touches can make your guests stay more enjoyable.
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Extra Cozy Comforts
If you are extra excited about treating your guests like kings and queens, then you might as well go all out. Beyond your standard toiletries, consider getting locally made soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Perhaps you can create a small care package full of locally made goodies. You can pick up some jam or soap from the local farmer’s market. Perhaps a nice candle, fuzzy socks.
Pick a few small treats that will make your guests stay just that more special. Even just a couple small things can make your guest feel like they have been especially thought of. Providing clean robes and slippers can also be a fun way to make your guests feel like they are staying in a fancy hotel. Putting essentials in the guest room like water bottles and and a coffee maker lets your guests know that they can make themselves at home.
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Mattresses for Guest Bedroom
There are a few must have features for most guest bed mattresses. You are going to want universal comfort (or as close as you can get to it), cost effective price, ad durability. When you find your well-priced, durable mattress, that is universally comfortable for the mass majority of your guests. Then you have found the ideal mattress for your guest bedroom.
Top Mattresses For Guest Bedrooms
- Bowery Hybrid (Not too thick or too expensive. Very durable hybrid.)
- Cypress Bamboo by Brentwood Home (Quality all foam mattress with universal comfort)
- Allswell Luxe (Less expensive hybrid option)
- Tuft and Needle (Affordable foam option. Thin profile, comfortable.)
- Latex for Less (Affordable natural option)
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Create Your Best Guest Bedroom – Final Thoughts:
We hope these tips and tricks help you along your journey to creating your best guest bedroom. Having guests stay in your home is all about comfort and hospitality. You want your guests to feel as comfortable sleeping in your guest bedroom, as they do at home. If not even more comfortable! We hope our tips help you to make your stay for your guests as welcoming as possible.
If you have any questions for us, feel free to send us a message. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.