Do you have guests staying with you soon but your spare bedroom is an eyesore? There are some simple things you can do to turn your spare room into a comfortable and cosy retreat for guests.
Keep it simple
You can use loud colours and patterns in other rooms, but a neutral colour palette with natural materials and textures is more likely to soothe your guest. You can play around with textures and layering but keep the foundation simple and refined.
Provide extra furniture
Include a bedside table so you have somewhere to put a lamp. This way, your guests can drop keys, wallets and their phones here at the end of the night. Additionally, it’s worth placing a table (or desk, if there is enough room) and chair in the room so your guests can plug in their laptops and do some work if necessary.
If you don’t have any spare furniture lying around and don’t want to spend too much, hit up your local op-shops and flea markets to find second-hand options.
Offer storage solutions
Clear a space in the wardrobe so your guests can empty their suitcase if they’re staying for a while, or at least hang up a few things for a short overnight stay. They’ll feel more comfortable, and you can declutter while you’re at it. If you really don’t have the space, invest in open storage systems like Ikea’s Elvarli or the Komplement clothes organiser which you can hang on the back of the door.
Image: Elvarli storage system from Ikea
Don’t place furniture over key power point outlets. There is nothing worse than having to crawl under the bed to plug in a phone charger or constantly shift the bedside table. It’s also worth providing some basic toiletries, in case your guests forgot anything. Pick up travel size toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner from the chemist and put them in a little basket on top of fresh towels.
Double up on bedding
Everyone has different needs when it comes to body temperature, so make sure you include a light-weight blanket for those who heat up quickly and a heavier winter blanket for those who freeze. Make sure each person has two towels, and place a spare set of sheets and pillowcases in the room in case of emergencies, like if your guest accidentally spills a glass of red wine on the bed.
Keep it clean
It sounds obvious but make sure you clean the room thoroughly before a guest stays. Vacuum and dust in all the nooks and crannies and even give the windows a spray and wipe, both inside and outside. Open the window the day before your guest arrives so the room is nice and fresh when they get there.
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