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Not every house has a guest room, but those who do have a guest room often find it hard to try and make their guest room welcoming enough to be able to invite people around. When you pick up the phone and speak to a distant relative, the last thing on your mind is going to be inviting them over to stay a week. However, with a fantastic guest room that’s full of comforts, you’re more likely to invite them over and it could help you build long-lasting relationships and friendships with people. So to give you a hand, here are 7 tips to help you create a wonderful guest room that you can be proud of.
- Let them know the WiFi password
Simply telling them “oh, by the way, the WiFi password is…” isn’t going to cut it. For starters, they probably won’t remember it and secondly, you can’t expect them to get out every single device as soon as you tell them so they can input your password. This is an easy fix; just simply get a card or a framed sign on a table in your guest room and keep the WiFi password displayed. It means they can do it in their own time after they’ve put their luggage down and they don’t need to ask you for each device they have.
- Empty power outlets
Don’t hide your power outlets behind furniture or underneath tables and force your guests to crouch down just to reach a power source. If your power outlets are in awkward locations, then do your guests a favour and buy a surge protected power strip and place it in an easy to spot location. Now your guests can charge their devices, use their laptop and other electronic devices they may have brought with them.
- Comfortable bedding
Ensure that you have an extra blanket for your guests regardless of what season it is. Some people prefer to sleep a little more comfortably, others like to have a blanket to wrap themselves in while they do a bit of work on the laptop. A duvet insert is a great way to add extra comfort to your bedding as well without costing too much. If your guest bedroom mattress is a bit worn out, then consider replacing it as well. If you’re unsure how comfortable the bed is, then sleep it in for a few nights and make your own judgement.
- Storage space
From empty hangers to a bedside table, make sure there’s plenty of storage for your guests to use. You want to make them feel at home, so allow them to use your cupboards and storage like they would at home. They’ll hang their clothes, keep their glasses and other small items on your bedside table, and they’ll make use of your hangers to keep their clothes crease-free and fresh for when they need it.
- Fitting decor
Don’t make your guest room stand out too much from the rest of your home. You want to focus on function over form, so don’t add too many things to the guest room that the rest of your home doesn’t have. Use the same lighting, the same carpet or flooring, the same wallpaper and so on. You don’t want to try too hard to make your guest room look better than it actually is, just focus on making it comfortable enough to sleep in without looking like you’re trying too hard.
- A tray or cart of essentials
A guest cart is a fantastic way to pamper your guests. On the cart, you could put things like drinks, a pot of flowers to add a bit of style, fruit, additional towels or blankets, slippers, and so on. You can even include additional toiletries, reading material or tea and drinks. It also helps to have a small kettle in the guest room so that your guests can make their own tea and coffee if needed. However, if they’re close guests such as family members, then you don’t want to alienate them by giving them too many essentials that they could get by coming down to the kitchen. If you don’t have a cart or you don’t have enough things to put on the cart, then a tray serves the same purpose.
- Bathroom additions
If you have an en-suite bathroom for your guest bedroom, then you don’t really need to worry about this. However, if you have a shared bathroom then you might want to consider giving your guests their own place to hang towels, store toothbrushes and so on.