“We’ll be in town for a few days!” And the panic sets in; you’ll be having guests soon. Whether it’s the cousin who visits sporadically, the friend from college who despises hotels and drops not-so-subtle hints, or your in-laws who insist on staying with you, there’s one thing you absolutely must do: prepare the guest room. Take a look at a few tips to help you create the guest room of your dreams (or technically your guests’ dreams) in a matter of hours. Bonus: You get to go shopping!
All the experts agree, this has to happen first. Go ahead and stomp your feet, we know it’s the pits. But, as SheKnows.com puts it, the guest room often becomes the dumping ground for random things that we don’t know where to put. Or things for which we have too many feelings and aren’t willing to sell. So either way, it all ended up in there and now you have a room that looks less like a guest room and more like a flea market with a bed in the middle. Deep breath, head in there, and get it done. We’ll wait.
(tick tock, tick tock)
You did it! You cleaned out your guest room and may we say, it looks great. So now that’s over with, you can start creating that welcoming, relaxing atmosphere. First things first, it has to smell nice. You could have 800 thread-count sheets on the bed, but if it smells like an attic, it will feel like an attic. Air the room out by opening some windows, stripping the bed and washing your sheets with Tyler Glamorous Wash, and vacuuming with some freshening powder. Open up dresser drawers and the closet, too. Fabric refreshers work wonders during this phase. Once that’s done, SampleHouse can help keep it smelling like downtown’s finest hotels with our favorite line of candles and diffusers.
Turn it Down
If you purchase nothing else for your guest room, make sure the bedding is top notch. Luxury sheets with a high thread count, a plush comforter and/or super-soft duvet cover, and high-quality pillows are absolutely essential to making your guests feel welcome and get a great night’s sleep. When choosing bedding, stick with calming neutrals like cream, sage or champagne inspired hues. SampleHouse has an array of throw pillows to complement your new bedding. Don’t forget to pick up a blanket or two, as well. An extra supply of blankets is always appreciated, as it can be hard to gauge who is a hot and who is a cold sleeper.
Don’t Forget the Bathroom
While you’re picking up a new set of bedding and you’re feeling rather fancy, go ahead and consider extending the luxury linens to the bathroom, as well. Thick, fluffy hand towels, bath towels, and even a super soft robe will take your guest room from welcoming to home-away-from-home level comfort. The linen lovers at SampleHouse can help you pick out the best set of towels, soaps and scents to perk up your guest bath and keep the fancy going.
Go Tiny (Until You Go Home)
Most people forget a couple of things when they travel (or the TSA threw out their lotion in security). To help out, pick up a few necessities at the pharmacy and stock a bathroom drawer or small dresser drawer with travel-size version of the basics. Soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, etc. They’ll appreciate the heck out of you, and you won’t have to drive them to the store. Win, win.
Think about your last few trips where you stayed with a friend or family member. What did you need that you didn’t have? What would have made life just a bit easier? That will help you create a guest room full of inviting, relaxing vibes. When your guests have it easy, you have it easy. Now, that’s something to celebrate.