Do you have family or friends visiting your home often? Or perhaps you run a guest house that caters to visitors all year round. The world is slowly starting to open up again and what better time to prepare for your next guests than now. Here are 9 items to include in your guest room to wow your guests and make them feel at home for when you can receive guest again.
1. Closet or wardrobe space
Welcome your guests with ample space to keep their holiday clothes neat and tidy. This makes it easy for them to get ready for their daily vacation activities. Living out of a suitcase for days or weeks is not ideal. If you haven’t got fitted wardrobes in your guest room, you can invest in some freestanding options. Don’t forget to include some hangers too.
Towels can be bulky to travel around with. It’s good practice to assume your guests haven’t carried theirs with them. Have a fresh set of clean bath towels ready for them to use. Ideally having white or light coloured towels is good so you can easily spot how clean they are or if they need replacing. White towels are classics when it comes to guest rooms.
3. Extra pillows
It’s hard to get comfortable in a bed you are not used to. Providing your guests with extra pillows will help them get comfortable and have a good nights sleep. Have a mix of soft and firm pillows to cater to your guest’s comfort needs.
4. Extra blankets/duvets
Include extra blankets or duvets for your visitors. I get cold easily and welcome the option of layering my bed covers when on holiday. Even if you live in a warm climate, sometimes unexpected cold weather can occur and it’s always good to be prepared. Some guests are not comfortable with asking for extras as they don’t want to seem too demanding. Make it easy for them by ensuring those little extras are always handy.
Your guests will mostly likely bring their own toiletries. However, having basic items such as hand soap, shower gel, hand sanitiser or skin moisturiser can be helpful. Sometimes travellers lose their luggage or simply forget some essentials. Having these in place will tide them over until they get what they need.
6. Full length mirror
Most guests need to be sure they look presentable before they leave the house. Having a full length mirror in your guest room is one of the best things you can do for them. The worst thing ever is to try and imagine what you look like without a using mirror to ensure you are looking presentable. Mirrors are definitely a must have.
7. Climate control
People respond differently to certain climates. Ensuring you have climate control in the form of fans, heaters or air conditioning units will make a comfortable stay for your guests. When visiting a place in a hot country for example, there’s nothing quite like being welcomed by a cool, air conditioned room.
Some people don’t iron their clothes. Others, like me, do! Including an ironing service or keeping an iron in your guest room will impress your guests. It may seem like it’s not a big deal but you will be amazed how much of a difference this makes to a lot of people. Clothes that have been in a suitcase for a while will inevitably have creased and an iron in a room will be most welcomed.
If the space allows, including seating in your guest room creates a nice sanctuary for your guests to relax in. You don’t need a lot of space to add seating to your room. Placing a bench, chairs or a small sofa at the foot of the bed are great ways to include seating.
There are several ideas on how to create a beautiful and functional guest room. These are just a few, but you can add other finishing touches for a more luxurious experience for your guests. If you have no idea where to start, you can always ask for advice from a room stylist.
Do it right and your guests will be impressed by your level of attention to detail. If you run an accommodation business, this will keep them coming back or better yet, they will recommend your business to friends and family.
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