Ah, the holidays. Nothing quite compares to the infectious, jovial spirit that the season brings. The streets are lit with glowing lights, hot cocoa becomes an appropriate daily drink, and best of all, the holidays present a chance to share our homes with the ones we love. However, whether you’re hosting your best friends from out of town or your in-laws, preparing your home for overnight visitors can add stress to your holiday cheer.
Before you start panicking about where guests will sleep or how to make your space feel comfortable and welcoming, read our guide and turn your guest room into a festive, five-star holiday oasis!
1. Create a Guestroom Outside of the Bedroom:
No spare bedroom? No worries. Your overnight guests will understand that although your home may look like it, you are not an all-accommodating hotel. Nevertheless, you want to provide a comfortable spot for them to sleep. Create a cozy, makeshift bed out of a pull-out couch, a sleeper chair, or a comfortable little nook, using piles of blankets and pillows.
2. Make it Warm and Snug:
Top the bed with fluffy pillows and throws, a thick duvet, and soft sheets to ensure that your guests get a good night’s sleep. If you live in cold, wintery climate, make sure there are plenty of extra blankets available. Add a touch of glamour to the guest bed with a plush, throw in a luxe fabric like faux fur or shearling.
3. Stock Up on Essentials:
Save your guests the trouble of having to ask for vital items they may have forgotten. For easy access, equip the nightstand or another table in the room with bottled water, extra charging devices, Advil, tissues, and anything else you think they may need during their stay.
4. Turn Up the Heat with Candles:
The simple addition of fragrant candles can majorly improve the ambiance of a space, especially around the holidays when cozying up in front of a fire is all you really want to do. Opt for classic holiday scents like pumpkin spice, peppermint, and pine for cozy cabin vibes.
5. Enliven with Fresh Flora & Fauna:
A spare bedroom can easily feel stale. Breathe new life into the space by adding fresh flowers and a plant or two. A pretty bunch of blooms will brighten the room, making your guests feel right at home.
Don’t skimp on the décor when prepping your guestroom. Pick out an eye-catching print to hang over the bed or help your guests get in the spirit of the season by adding tasteful holiday décor, like twinkling lights, star motifs, cinnamon sticks, and mini pine trees.
7. Make Getting Ready a Breeze:
Over the holidays, it’s likely that you and your guests will attend at least a few parties. If your spare room doesn’t already have a mirror, consider adding one so your guests can easily get ready for a night out. If there’s no closet attached to the room, a clothing rack, armoire, or even a few hooks on the wall will give them space to hang their clothes and stash luggage.
8. Provide Fresh Linens & Towels:
Place a deep basket filled with clean towels, spare blankets, extra socks, and a robe in the room so guests have all their bathing and bed necessities handy. If they are staying for a few days or longer, provide a hamper for them to toss dirty clothes and towels.
9. Give Your Guestroom Hotel Style:
If you want to give your visitors a truly luxurious experience, stock your guestroom with all the amenities of a five-star hotel. Provide proper task lighting for night owls, ample reading material, travel sized toiletries, and even include healthy snack options in case they get hungry in the middle of the night or before breakfast.
Now that you’re ready to prepare a beautiful holiday haven for your visiting guests, get in the spirit by warming the rest of your home up for the season with our designer tips!