Think about the best hotel stay you’ve ever experienced. Sure the amenities were nice; after all, who doesn’t like a heated pool and room service? But what centers it all, and makes or breaks a great hotel experience, is always the room. The bed was more than comfortable. Anything you could need was already in the room. Everything you brought with you had a place. It smelled nice, it looked nice, and it felt like a home away from home.
Now contrast that experience with your guest room. It’s clean, I hope. What else can you say about it? A guest room should have that luxurious hotel feel when hosting a guest. If you’re using a hand me down bed on a wobbly, metal frame and the only other fixture in the room is the ceiling light, you may want to rethink your design aesthetic. If you have guests coming to stay, or just anticipate that you will in the future, we’re here to help you turn your space from a hostel to a 5-star hotel.
A Place to Lay Your Head
When furnishing a guest room, start by thinking about what you would like to have in your own bedroom. The obvious focal point of the room is the bed, so start off right with a comfortable bed frame. Consider a frame with a lush, fabric headboard to make the room warm and inviting.
A Place to Put Your Stuff
No one likes living out of a suitcase when they travel. Digging through piles of wrinkled clothing to find a hairdryer is no way to start off a day. Make sure you have ample hangers in the closet for your guests. When deciding on furniture, make sure your guest room has plenty of storage space. A nice dresser or console that doesn’t double as your personal storage space will round out the room. nightstand with drawers on either side of the bed so your guests can store their daily carriers and also keep the space clean and neat.
Throwing new furniture into your room is a great start, but adding some accents can really bring the space together. A large rug, especially for rooms with hardwood floors, needs to extend at least 18 inches past each side of the bed. Table lamps on the night stands with soft, natural light will make nighttime reading more enjoyable. A wall mirror makes a great finishing touch for guests on the go, giving them one last glance before taking on the day.
For most of us, the days of couch surfing are long gone. A beautiful guest room, while a luxury for some, is another step towards adulting for those with the space. Make sure your guests feel at home the next time they come to stay. Just make sure it’s not so nice they decide to stay.