Ideas For Updating Your Guest Room

An inviting guest room with chair. Shown with Luminette Privacy Sheers, available at Home Trends.

Make your guests feel at home

Some guest rooms seem like an afterthought, with a mishmash of furniture and linens and a closetful of stuff, while others are carefully planned to help visitors feel pampered and comfortable.

Think your guest room could use some TLC? Don’t worry, it’s easy to make a guest room more inviting, and it doesn’t have to do with the size of the room or the cost of the elements in it. It’s much more about the details you include to add comfort and function.

A tidy, organized guest room with nice linens. Shown with Parkland wood blinds.
A well-planned guest room makes your guests feel welcome.

Where to get started

First and foremost, clear some of your stuff from the closet, so guests can hang their clothes and store their shoes out of sight. Also clean out at least a couple of drawers from a dresser for visitors to stow their socks and t-shirts.

Think about where people can put their suitcases or sit to put on shoes and socks. A bench at the foot of the bed is perfect.

If there’s enough space in your guest room, set up a sitting area with a cozy chair or two, good lighting, and a small table.

A guest room with side table, lamp, and bench. Shown with NewStyle Hybrid Shutters.
A bench at the foot of the bed doubles as seating and a place to put bags.

How to add comfort and function

Other elements to consider are:
– A high-quality mattress and good bed linens
– Pillows with various stuffing materials and a couple of firmness levels
– Several blankets or throws, so guests can adjust to their own heat level
– A ceiling fan and/or space heater as needed
– Window fashions that provide privacy and block out the morning light
– Side tables or nightstands on both sides of the bed, with good lighting for reading

Upgrade your guest room this season, and you'll be ready to host your holiday visitors in style.

A guest room with multiple pillows, blankets, bedside table, lamp and room darkening Duette honeycomb shades.
For a bit of luxury, add pillows with different firmness levels.

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