I live across the state from my family and a lot of my close friends, and have since college, so it’s safe to say I’ve had my fair share of visitors. Though they spent years crashing on my couch, I’m now lucky enough to have a proper guest room. I take pride in making it a place where people feel like they’re welcome – and where they want to return – and figure you do, too. Read on for my best tips on making your guest space a welcoming environment!
Make it personal
I’ll admit that I don’t always remember to do this, especially if it’s just someone like my brother coming for the night, but I love when I do. When I’m feeling fancy, I’ll pull out this tray and fill it with things like: a magazine I know that person reads, their favorite candy, and a little note welcoming them.
Have options for temperature
I run about 20 degrees cooler than my husband and know everyone has their preference when it comes to room temperature. Some people like to be cozy, some like to sleep in freezing temps. Try having options like a fan, an extra blanket, and even spare pajamas if you know your house tends to run hotter or cooler than they were planning for.
I hope this comes as obvious, but I’ve stayed in my fair share of guest rooms where it wasn’t. Wash the sheets before someone comes, even if no one has slept on them in a while. Between allergens and dust, things get dirty, and you want your guests to be comfortable. Light a yummy candle before they get there to make the room smell nice and obviously do a wipe down and vacuum job. You can also consider an air purifier like we have in case you have pets.
Let’s be real, we all need our gadgets while traveling – and if you’re anything like me, you ALWAYS forget your charger. Keep an extra phone charger plugged in next to the bed so guests don’t have to worry about it. I also have written instructions for the TV and remotes if someone is staying a few days. I have a hard enough time turning it on with all the options between the Apple TV, cable box, etc., so spare your visitors. Speaking of tech, make sure to block any lights that might keep them up.
Keep things quiet
I have a hard time sleeping when I’m traveling, usually due to new sounds I’m not used to. Even if your house is quiet, provide a sleep machine to really make things comfy for your family or friend. They might not be used to the sound of your pipes or the trash guy coming by in the morning. Improve their sleep with a little white noise. Plus, it gives you peace of mind knowing you don’t have to tip-toe around.
Give them space
Literally! If you have a dresser in the room, clear out a drawer or two. Leave out a handful of nice hangers and a space where they can unpack and unhang. If you don’t have a bedroom, provide a couple bins and a shelf in the bathroom where people can place their belongings.
Any other tips for keeping your guest room comfortable?