If you happen to have a spare bedroom, you may want to consider turning it into a guest bedroom. Whether you have family, friends, or grown-up kids, this is a great idea. With so many different people staying over it can be difficult to create one room that works for everyone. You need to take into consideration space, design, and comfort. Here are some ideas for accessorizing your room, increasing space, and creating the ultimate multi-purpose guest bedroom…
Furnishings and Accessories
Staying in a guest bedroom is like staying at a private personalized hotel. It should be a place where your guests can relax or get ready. Making your guest as comfortable as possible is the priority. A bookcase is a good idea. For early risers or night owls, it means a distraction without having to roam about the house potentially waking up others. The bookcase does not have to take up too much floor space. Instead, opt for some shelves. A lamp and bedside table are also good additions.
If you’re having people stay over, the chances are they have some kind of luggage. Whether it’s just a travel bag or a huge suitcase, a luggage stand is a thoughtful touch. This means your guests can easily unpack without having to crouch down on the floor. Just like the bookcase, this doesn’t need to take up any unnecessary space. Simply stow it away in a closet when you’re not hosting anybody.
Be sure to leave your guest a bathrobe and some slippers. This is a little luxurious addition to the room and will make a big difference. If you have the budget, you could also leave out some toiletries, or at least direct your guest to some, in case they have forgotten theirs. As a final touch add some fresh flowers to the room. This makes it look warm and inviting.
If you would like to make full use of your guest room when it’s empty, don’t buy a permanent bed for the room. Having a permanent bed means that you have to use the room as a bedroom, even when you don’t have any guests. Instead of wasting the room, buy an inflatable bed instead. This means that it can be carefully stored away when you don’t have guests, freeing up a lot of space. To find the best inflatable bed don’t scrimp on price. Consider how thick you need the mattress to be, remember it needs to be as comfortable as possible. Once you’ve brought a pump you’re ready to set your bed up!
If you are going to use an inflatable bed, it’s even more important that you chose linens that will be comfortable for your guest. Start with a thick high-quality duvet. Avoid choosing any fussy bed covers, you’ll have lots of different people staying over and it might not be their taste. Pile cushions onto the bed. This way your guest can choose. Whatever their pillow preference they’ll get a good night sleep. Similarly, put some blankets and throws on top of the duvet. That way your guest can choose a different layer if they’re too hot or cold.
If you have the budget, you can take your guest bedroom to the next level. Setting up a mini kitchen space is a great idea for overnight guests. This could be as simple as a coffee machine and some nice teas and coffees. It’s a nice touch because it gives your guest the opportunity to relax and wake up a little before coming to see you! Additionally, you could make a little dressing area. This could be as straightforward as screening off a corner of the room with a decorative screen. Just make sure you have a mirror and perhaps a clothes rail by the screen too. This works well if you have guests staying over for a special event. For those looking for a bigger project, putting an en-suite bathroom in is the ultimate luxury touch. Which of course, if you reside in Connecticut, All About Interiors can do that for you.
No Guests? What to Use the Room For…
Obviously, you won’t have people staying over 100% of the time. To avoid the room going to waste, on those days you don’t have guests, here are some ideas:
If you have children this valuable little space could easily turn into their play space. The floor space which is freed up by removing the bed is ideal for play. Just make sure you buy a toy box which all the toys must be stored in. This saves you a busy morning tidying when guests do come round. Alternatively, the guest bedroom could be used for your hobbies. If you happen to be into painting, crafts, anything that needs a little extra room, use the guest bedroom. You could even move a desk in and use the space as your personal office.
Another idea is to turn the room into a gym space. Even if you don’t have any equipment, having somewhere to roll out an exercise mat and stretch is a good idea. Doing workouts at home is a great way to save money. There are so many exercises and workouts you can do without any equipment. So if you need the space to stretch, us your guest bedroom.
Take inspiration from these top tips and tricks and turn your guest bedroom into the ultimate retreat.