Are you having guests sometime soon? Do you wonder what the perfect guest room includes? I’m no authority, but I am going to share the things I feel will make your company feel welcome and at home. Ready?
A bed. No kidding, right? But many guests rooms are only guest rooms a few days a year. The rest of the time they likely function as an office, playroom, library…you get the gist. And I am not necessarily telling you to go out and purchase a bed for those few days a year unless if you have the space or that bed can be converted into a sofa/lounge space. There are so many creative ways to incorporate a bed these days; day beds, trundles, sofa beds, murphy beds…I have a trundle from my in laws. I replaced the mattresses, and voila! Daybed into king bed when needed! Happy happy! I am not above inflatables either, but those should be made up well in advance of your guest’s arrival and well tested for leaks. I have slept on a bed that by morning was no longer a bed. I was not happy. I will add a bedside light here, it’s always nice to be able to turn a light on close to you in a new-to-you space.
An alarm clock. It is already disconcerting waking up in a new place, don’t make it worse by forcing your guests to fumble around for their phone or watch. If they have a set time they need to get up while staying with you, they are all set without asking you to wake them.
Mirror, preferably full length. Your out-of-towner can confidently walk out of their room because they were able to check themselves out beforehand. It can tuck neatly on the back of the door, but it really makes some people feel at home.
A Space in the closet and some empty hangers. No explanation necessary.
Extra blankets. Even if you are always hot and never need them, you should not assume other people don’t get chilly. Your company likely does not know where to search for this in your home, nor do they wish to at 3am. Better to just leave a blanket or two folded at the foot of the bed.
Tissues. As everyone’s home is different, you never know what might give someone else the sniffles (your dog, your pillows…). Having tissues right there makes this so much less of an issue.
Bottles of water. So much nicer than stumbling around in the middle of the night in an unfamiliar home in search of the kitchen and a drink. Along with this some snacks might be a nice touch, but I know many families have rules about food in various rooms, so I’m flexible on this one.
Toiletries and Towels. It’s so nice not to have to ask when you’ve forgotten shampoo or a toothbrush. A place for your guest to hang said towels is great too, especially if they are sharing the bathroom with others.
Extra Outlets & your WiFi password. Your guests will likely have items to charge (or a blow dryer to plug in) & would probably rather not have to unplug anything you have plugged in, so assure that they have some outlets free. Your WiFi password might be something they forget to ask about until bedtime & may not want to disturb you, so help them out and leave it in a nice welcome note!
Do you have additions to our list? We’d love to hear them! Have you been a guest recently and have some thoughts to add? Please share!