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When the holidays are on deck, it means time for delicious meals, seasonal decorations, and plenty of time with all the people you love. In fact, one of our favorite things about the holidays is opening up our homes to family and friends, whether it’s for a festive holiday party or hosting out-of-towners for a couple of nights. Incorporating the right guest room tips will ensure your loved ones have a cozy, comfortable stay.
It’s often the little things that count when it comes to welcoming your guests. A fresh set of sheets, a clean room, and a warm ambience can make all the difference and really show your guests you care. And once their room is finished and ready for their arrival, the real party can begin!
1. Give Them The Royal Treatment With a New Mattress
The most important part of a guest bedroom? The bed of course! While it may be tempting to retire a family member’s queen mattress to the guest bedroom when you upgrade, your guests deserve the gift of a good night’s sleep, especially after navigating all that holiday travel.
2. …And Top It Off With Some Luxurious Bedding
Such a comfortable mattress deserves equally lovely bedding. Sateen, linen, and flannel bedsheets are nice for a guest room as they not only look chic, but are unbelievably comfortable. Make sure your guests get a great night’s sleep with clean, crisp sheets that’ll keep them cozy.
3. Add a Comfy Comforter
Mattress? Check. Sheets? Check. But what goes on top? While some of us (“I’m looking at you, Jonathan!” —Drew) might be tempted to swap out the regular guest room comforter for a seasonal variety (“Red and green plaid, anyone?” —Jonathan), a classic comforter that works for multiple seasons is more practical—and economical.
4. Give a Warm Welcome With an Electric Fireplace
The last thing you want is for your guests to be cold while staying over. An electric fireplace is an incredibly easy way to warm a guest room while also upping its cozy factor by at least 500%, scientifically speaking of course. (For real! Just plug it in and you’re set.)
5. Consider the Small Details
A few small details go a long way to making a room feel more homey. To that end, place a few simple throw blankets and pillows around the room. Not only are they a nice decorative touch, but they’re functional for afternoon naps or cuddling up next to that fireplace.
6. Lay Out Plush Towels
No one wants to ask where to find a towel. Make guests feel at home by keeping plenty of fluffy towels easily accessible. Fold a set (bath, hand, washcloth) for each person staying with you on a chair in the bedroom or in the guest bath (if you have one), and have a few more rolled up in a nice basket, just in case. You can also go the extra mile and place a few sprigs of eucalyptus in the bathroom.