10 guest room essentials
1. Comfy bed
A bed made up with lots of layers (coverlet, blanket, pillows, toss cushions, etc.) will suit the needs of every guest. Because this room has an angled ceiling, the low profile of the Ikea Malm bed is ideal (the new version features storage drawers underneath). Investing in a good-quality mattress like this one from Ikea, with its natural fibre construction and a design that supports the spine in a neutral position, is an added bonus.
2. Plush cushions
Nothing makes a bed look more inviting than dressing it in crisp linens and adding an assortment of sink-into cushions. These toss cushions from the Style at Home Collection, with their pretty ribbon detail, are perfect for propping you up during late-night chats.
3. Spot lighting
Having a variety of light sources means your guests can create an ambience to suit their activities, whether it’s packing, prepping for a party, taking an afternoon nap, reading or working.
4. Fresh flowers
Sweet touches like a bed-side bouquet make guests feel specially taken care of.
5. Cool curiosities
Rooms that are too pristine – guest rooms included – can be bland charmless spaces where no one wants to hang out. Displaying collections and curios adds a whole new layer of interest. Even something as simple as an assortment of vintage wooden clothes pegs will do the trick.
6. Cozy seating
What a luxury for a house guest to have his or her own comfy couch to curl up and indulge in some personal quiet time. We adore this loveseat and table combination that’s just right for putting your feet up before getting ready for a big night out.
7. Simple storage
No guest room is complete without some kind of storage for suitcases, clothes, purses, shopping bags, makeup and toiletries. A closet for your guests’ belongings is a must-have. It’s also the perfect place for storing extra towels, pillows and bed linens.
8. Easy reading
Just like arriving without a toothbrush or curling iron is an emergency to some, showing up sans reading material constitutes a 911 for others. Stocking a guest room with a tome for every taste is a necessity; try including a book of poetry as well as fiction and non-fiction choices. Your lodgers will thank you – we guarantee it.
9. Inviting workspace
A place to spread out electronic equipment or business papers is always a benefit for visiting family and friends who want to remain plugged in during their stay.
10. Scented candles
The hostess with the mostest always provides little extras that give guests an excuse to stay another night (or two!). Beautiful scented candles are invariably one of those added touches that offer a soothing environment that invites lingering.