It’s easy to miss the comforts of home when traveling—particularly when accommodations are anything but comfortable. When you play host, take a moment to ensure your guests feel right at home by creating a warm and welcoming space. With a little extra effort in your guest room design, you can arrange a wonderful, cozy space for your friends, family, and other guests enjoy during their stay in your home.
When it comes to the guest room, the bed can make or break the room. No amount of decorations or amenities can make up for uncomfortable sleeping accommodations. Of course, no two people are alike, and most guests will have their own preferences for bed firmness, temperature, and so on.
It’s best to pick a high-quality mattress which is neither particularly firm or soft. Instead, choose a medium-firm mattress (paired with a softer mattress topper guests can use if they’d like) which allows your guests the luxury of a choice between the two options.
Remember to cover the bed with high-thread-count sheets to maximize the comfort level. Cotton sheets paired with a cotton coverlet and a down duvet allow your guests to adjust according to their temperature preferences. It’s always a good idea to provide a couple of additional blankets in a basket or an easy, accessible drawer just in case they need some extra warmth.
Top it all off with an assortment of pillows (functional and decorative) to accommodate your guests and pull together the guest bedroom design. Some of your guests will like flat, firm pillows, and others will prefer soft, fluffy pillows.
Provide your guest with a selection of books for them to check out to help them unwind before bed or to enjoy whiling relaxing during the morning or afternoon. As you build your guest library, try to feature a wide variety of books and authors to match your guests’ varied interests.
Even if your collection isn’t especially large, bookshelves are a great way to tie a room together with pictures and decor adorning the shelves. Our modern wall bookshelves provide a stylish way to house your book collection, decor, or whatever else you’d like to display.
A guest bedroom should be more than a bed, nightstand, and alarm clock. Ideally, your guests will be able to use the room as their own private home away from home and will enjoy the option of some alone time beyond sleeping hours.
A proper sitting area will allow your guests to rest and relax somewhere other than the bed. Pick a high-quality arm chair such as the Astra Arm Chair or the Victoria Wingback to create a relaxing space for your guests to read, respond to their emails, or simply rest throughout the day.
Consider investing in a side or accent table to go in the sitting area for added convenience. To avoid water stains from cups, either provide coasters or choose a table with a glass top.
Proper lighting can enhance or ruin your guest bedroom design. If your guest room is an area where natural light can come in, you might consider hanging blackout curtains over the windows in guest rooms. This could be especially helpful if the room faces a busy street or the rising sun. During the day, your guests can let in as much light as they’d like. At night, they can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep without interruption from an early sunrise.
In your own home, you might be able to walk around with your eyes closed without running into anything. Your guests will not likely share that level of familiarity with your home. Guest rooms can benefit from sconces or lamps near the bed so your visitors won’t have to fumble around a dark room after shutting off a light. Localized lighting is also often less harsh than overhead lighting.
Be sure to also check out our outdoor furniture collections to create a relaxing outdoor space to relax and entertain guests while they are staying at your home.