I love this time of year! The weather starts getting cooler, the leaves start to change color (yes, even in Florida you can see a bit of fall in the foliage) and the best holidays of the year happening. We’ve had lots of fun sharing ideas for Halloween and now it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. These holidays are all about celebrating with family and friends. That means it’s time to make sure the guest room is ready! I’ve been slowly working on my guest room for a while now and it’s almost done. Even though I’m enjoying decorating it, the design isn’t the most important thing about the room. It’s all about comfort and making my guests feel welcome. With that in mind, I thought I’d revisit a list of guest room essentials that I previously shared in a guest post for Fox Hollow Cottage a couple of years ago. These tips are still in style and they’ll help you create an inviting place for your friends and family to stay.
Guest Room Tips & Ideas
Bedding and Linens
- You want your guests to have a pleasant night’s sleep. Make sure you have a good quality mattress, one that you’d be willing to sleep on. If you don’t have a dedicated bed for guests, a nice air mattress can be very comfortable, too.
- Keep the bed linens simple and layered. You don’t have to break your budget on the linens to make your guests feel special. You can create a designer look for a fraction of the price by shopping at discount specialty stores.
- Make sure the sheets are freshly cleaned, use a light weight blanket, and have fluffy bed pillows. Provide your guests with extra pillows and blankets for their comfort.
- Keep decorative throw pillows to no more than three, so that they don’t have to remove a bunch of them each night.
- Have a table or desk next to the bed with an alarm clock or clock radio and a light.
- A comfy chair and ottoman will give your guests a place to relax and have a moment to themselves. This would be a great spot to have a reading lamp and some reading material.
- Fill a basket with books and magazines that you’ve read and your guests can take with them when they leave.
- It would also be nice to have a folding luggage rack or a dresser top cleared so they can place their suitcase on it. This will save them from having to bend over constantly to access the suitcase while it sits on the floor.
- In the closet, provide them with space to hang their clothes and some extra hangers.
- These are some other items to you might want to include in the room:
- Full length mirror or wall mirror
- TV with remote control
- Universal charger
- Tray or dish to hold keys, loose change, and such
- Ironing board & iron
- Pencil and paper
- Box of tissues
- Waste basket
In the Bathroom
- Have plenty of bath towels, hand towels, and facecloths available to them. You can find excellent quality towels for less at the same types of stores you find the sheets.
- Put together a basket of toiletries. You can purchase travel sizes at most discount stores. This will save your guests a trip to the store for any forgotten items. Here are some things to include:
- Soap and lotion
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, and dental floss
- Pain reliever
- Disposable razors
- Feminine products (You can tuck these discreetly away in a drawer or pouch)
- Lint roller, sewing kit and safety pins
- Shower cap
- For additional convenience, it would be nice to include these items in the bathroom:
- Night light
- Hair dryer
- Door hook for their robe
- Unisex robe, XL
- Disposable slippers
- Nothing says welcome like a basket of treats. Your guests will appreciate having fresh fruits, packaged crackers, cookies and bottled water available to them in their room.
- If they like coffee, you could even set up a small coffee station with a single or two-cup coffee maker, cups, and all the fixings. They may want to enjoy a cup in the morning before they come out to see everyone.
- If your guests are staying a while and you really want to take the extra step, here are some special items you could have available to them:
- A card with your address, home phone and cell phone numbers, emergency contacts, and WiFi access codes
- An area map
- A list of places in the neighborhood they may want/need to visit (24-hour pharmacy, churches, shops)
- Brochures, guidebooks or local magazines that cover nearby activities or attractions
- A disposable camera
- Games, activity books or toys for kids
- Something else that I always like to include in my house and guest room are fresh flowers. They brighten up any room. Though, you might want to find out if your guests have any allergies or breathing problems beforehand. If they don’t, find out which flower is their favorite. It would be a lovely touch to put those in their room.
These essentials will help you to create a comfortable guest room that will help make your visitors feel welcome. What special things do you like to do for your overnight guests?