Making your guestroom feel like home can certainly be a challenge, but it is definitely not impossible, that’s for sure. If you want to make your friends and family feel as comfortable as they can be whilst they are away from home, then we have just what you need to make that happen.
As they say, preparation is key, which is why it’s always a good idea to get ahead of the game. If you have loved ones visiting this Christmas, as it’s your turn to host, then it makes sense to start making the necessary changes now.
The best way to approach this is to ask yourself exactly what you would expect to see when staying with someone else? Or better yet, what you wish you got to experience if you had control over the experience. Below are 7 essentials to start with:
- A Bed A King Would Be Proud Of
Have you ever been ridiculously excited for a fortnight away in your own private villa, only to find that when you arrive, you have to endure sleeping on the most uncomfortable bed you’ve ever come across in your life?
Get what we’re saying here? Ensure that you have beautiful bed linen, some good quality pillows and a supportive mattress that won’t leave your guests with awful back ache for weeks after their visit.
- Deck Out the En-Suite
If you are fortunate enough to have a guest room with an en-suite, then you have the potential to make your loved ones feel super comfortable in your home. Install a waterfall shower so that they can wake up feeling refreshed, and add a cushty towel radiator so that they feel delightfully warm once they’ve had a good clean.
- Offer Decent Storage Solutions
No, a coat hanger on the door handle is not going to cut it. You need to really go out of your way to make sure that your guests have somewhere to hang their clothes, as living out of a suitcase really isn’t all that fun.
- Lighting Is Key
And good lighting at that! Staying in a dark and dingy room is perhaps one of the most off-putting things during a stay away from home, so try brightening up the place as much as you can. You can choose to replace your current windows with bigger, flashier ones, or you can simply change the artificial lighting options in the room.
Even supplying a bedside lamp will do wonders in a dark room. To finish off, try painting the walls a nice neutral, light shade.
- Provide Some In-Room Entertainment
You might be able to hit the pillow and fall asleep immediately, but not everyone can. Some people find they can unwind best with a good book, whereas others like to watch TV for half hour before nodding off. Supply a few books on the bedside cabinet and if you have the budget for it, install a flat screen TV on the wall with access to Netflix.
- Don’t Forget the Essentials
Is there really anything more infuriating than a room with limited socket access? We’ve lost count of the times we have checked into a room at a hotel, only to find that the sockets are miles away from the bed. Everyone knows that scrolling through your phone before bed is the go-to night-time activity, so make sure your guests don’t miss out.
- Make It Nice and Toasty
No one will want to return to your home if they spent the night shivering themselves to sleep, so ensure that your guestroom is as warm and cosy as possible. There are plenty of ways to do this. Provide plenty of blankets and a good quality duvet, install some high quality designer radiators and if you have the scope for it, get some underfloor heating installed too.