The guest bedroom essentials
When friends and family come to stay at your place, the last thing you want is for them to feel uncomfortable, get cold, thirsty or bored. Being a good host is all about anticipating your visitors’ needs.
Thankfully, when it comes to having overnight guests, a little bit really does go a long way. Other than the obvious - a clean and tidy room with a freshly made bed - there are a few things you can provide to make your guests feel extra special.
Lucky you, we’ve put together the ultimate guest room essentials’ list!
Extra pillows & amenities
Before your guests are due to arrive, make their bed neatly (yes, we’re talking hospital corners kinda neat) and place a few more pillows than you think is necessary on top of it (pillows are such a personal preference!). You can also put a warm spare blanket at the end of the bed, in case the night gets cold. And of course, provide lots of fluffy towels, preferably in matched colours.
No one likes to dig into their suitcase to find their clothes. As much as possible, make some room in the closet and leave a dozen empty hangers. We can assure you it’ll be much appreciated! Along the same idea, make sure you offer a bedside table with an empty drawer or two, where your guests can leave their belongings.
In this day and age, access to internet isn’t an option, it’s a birth right. Write down your wifi password on a piece of paper and place it well in sight for your guests or, even better, text it to them before they walk in the door.
Also, don’t forget to free up a couple of power points so they can recharge their phones and tablets overnight.
Tissues & bin
We told you, it’s the little things! A box of tissues is a must, along with a bin. For a stay longer than two or three days, we recommend providing a basket for your guests’ dirty clothing. It’ll be much nicer than using some plastic bag in their suitcase!
Jug of water
Displaying a tray with a carafe full of water and a couple of glasses is always a nice touch. If you’re willing to go the extra mile, you could also provide some fresh fruit and a selection of sweet and savoury snacks for these midnight cravings.
Most people will bring their own books or kindle, but don’t we all love to catch up on some gossip or the latest fashion when we get down time? Supply a few magazines that you know your guests will be interested in as a small yet considerate gesture.
They're likely to have their own, but supplying small sized body wash, shampoo/conditioner and toothpaste can be a lovely courtesy appreciated by a weary traveller - particularly if they're running low!
When you can’t be at home to entertain, it’s nice for your guests to be able to come and go as they please. Give them a spare key and a list of things to do in the neighbourhood - nice cafes, cool shops, cute markets, etc. - so that they can play tourist while you’re not there.
Bonus item: Flowers
Yes, it’s a bit old school, but there’s nothing quite like a bouquet of fresh blooms to brighten up a room. No doubt your guests will love this thoughtful touch - just make sure they’re not allergic!
There you have it! Now you’re ready to receive in style. But in case you need some help setting up your guest room, our Bedshed experts will be happy to guide you in choosing a suitable mattress, nice soft pillows, a practical storage bed and other storage solutions, or a spanking new set of bed linen!
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