Crisp linens, a bedside table and lamp, and a bit of greenery help make this guest space feel welcoming and luxurious.
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Any weary traveler will appreciate the thought and attention poured into a guest room but oftentimes the guest room is the most overlooked space in a house. Housing friends or family members, especially those who insist on arriving without advanced notice, is rarely convenient but it doesn’t take much time or money to provide a welcoming retreat. Our guest room ideas will help you quickly and inexpensively freshen your space.
Provide a Fresh Fragrance
- Before guests arrive, spritz the bed linens, curtains and rugs with a softly fragranced linen spray
- Potpourri in a seasonal fragrance looks nice in a bowl and will gently freshen a space better than harsh chemical fragrances.
- Place scented soaps and a votive candle in a small basket. These will give off a light scent and freshen a space along with your guests.
Provide a Sparkling Look
- Fresh flowers are always an inexpensive yet welcoming accessory in a room and potted plants will naturally cleanse the air and make the room appear cared for.
- Set a nightstand or dresser with a carafe or bottle of fresh water. Don’t forget cups! Pretty, disposable cups and guest towels are inexpensive and easily available.
- Don’t neglect to dust. Dust can settle in overnight and a quick dusting right before arrival will make the room appear fresh.
Provide Comfortable Lighting
- Overhead lighting can be uncomfortable for a weary traveler. A bedside lamp or other small lamps scattered about the room are convenient and illuminate the space in a welcoming way.
- Guests may need a way to navigate in the night. Provide a nightlight or place a small flashlight in the nightstand drawer. Make sure guests know that it is there.
- If you don’t have much floor space, hang a plug-in lamp or attach bedside lighting to your wall.
Provide a Place to Sit
- If you have the space, an inexpensive but comfortable chair will provide a place for guests to put on shoes, toss clothes or sit and read.
- A padded bench at the end of the bed works great for suitcases or seating.
- A storage ottoman can provide ample yet inexpensive seating and can also be useful for holding extra linens or travelers’ clothes.
Provide Useful Accessories
- An end table with a small notepad, a pen, an alarm clock and a few current magazines or bestsellers will go a long way toward making a guest feel at ease.
- Place a tray on the bed and fill with fresh towels and a few travel-sized items such as toothpaste and shampoo. A packet of pain reliever is also a good idea.
- Extra blankets and pillows are a must. If you lack storage, underbed bins are easy for most guests to access and slide away when not in use.
The one place you should always splurge in your guest room is when choosing a mattress. Guests won’t notice the thrift store dresser or chair, but they will notice an out-of-shape or uncomfortable mattress. If you can’t afford a higher-end mattress, choose extra-soft bed linens and a pillow-top mattress pad to enhance comfort.