Make Room for Guests!

We all want to make overnight guests feel welcome and comfortable, and there are many ways to do that. However, an extra bedroom in your house dedicated for the occasional guest may not be the best use of your space depending on the size of your house and number of bedrooms. Here are a few quick tips to make sure your guests feel welcome without sacrificing a spare room in your house the remaining 300+ days a year.

The Basics

  • A Comfortable Bed:┬áHaving a comfortable bed for your guests is a must. The good news is that today there are a number of very comfortable sleeping options available in sleek new designs as day beds or sofas. This way your space is more open while the beds are not in use allowing for a home office or playroom. The Comfort Sleeper is the most comfortable option on the market and by day it shines as a tasteful contemporary or transitional couch. The Austin Sleeper is another great option for a smaller space because the pullout feature takes up a smaller footprint, and there are no cushions to store when the bed is in use.
  • A Nightstand: A small drink table or multipurpose table such as the Bink would be perfect. This way your guests have a place to put their personal effects at night but your room does not have an out of place traditional one drawer night stand while the guest room is being used for other activities. (Bonus – the Bink can be used outdoors as well!)
  • A Mirror: If your space allows for a full length mirror, free standing or hung on the wall, that is ideal. If not, a mirror of any size on the wall will add light and depth while providing a place to touch up makeup prior to a night out.

Guests Amenities

Find a designated small storage area to keep a guest “kit” handy. Whether on the top shelf of your closet or tucked neatly in a storage ottoman you should have the following ready:

  1. Toiletries – think about the little things you may forget when traveling such as shampoo and toothpaste.
  2. Guest linens & fresh towels
  3. Books, magazines and wifi passwords for relaxation time
  4. Extra blankets or throws

Add Life, Not Clutter

If you do use the space as a home office or playroom outside of hosting guests, be sure to de-clutter prior to their arrival. With your work papers out of the way, add some fresh flowers to make the space warm and welcoming. If you have frequent guests or want to enjoy fresh flowers regularly without adding another shopping item to your to do list – check out this great local subscription service: Alice’s Table.

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Erica is a fourth generation family member at Circle Furniture. She loves bold colors, natural wood grains, and the individuality Circle Furniture allows their clients to explore in their homes. Outside of work she wrangles dogs, kids, and loves the snow!