One of my favorite things about summer is that the schedule seems a bit more relaxed. For me, that means the kids are out of school, and all the September through May meetings start to ease. A more open schedule allows relatives and friends to come visit! Which I love… as long as I am prepared!
This means it’s also time to get the guest bedroom ready. So without further ado, here are some of my ideas for readying your guest room for summer visitors!
Arranging the Furniture
How the guest bedroom is laid out helps keep your guests’ stay more comfortable. Furniture should be arranged in a way that provides enough room for traffic while remaining cozy.
Take advantage of natural light, but make sure it doesn’t disturb your guests’ sleep. On the one hand, keep the bed turned away from the morning sun so that your guests will not be woken up by the rays. You can also create in this area a cozy nook that gets plenty of light. This is the perfect place for your guests to read a book or wind down after a day of sightseeing. It can also serve as a private space for them.
Add lamps and night lights to the bedroom. Give your guests a source of light for reading before bed as well as for middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom.
Hang hooks on the back of the bedroom and bathroom doors for extra storage. It’s nice to have an extra place to hang towels, robes, clothing, and such.
Lastly, add throw rugs to the room. They add warmth both visually and literally! Carpets and rugs protect your guests from having cold feet, and also prevent creaks.
Make sure that your guests have everything they need for a comfortable stay.
Have toiletries ready for them. Stock up on bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, just in case your guests forget theirs. I also like to make sure that my guest bathroom has plenty of tissue paper, towels, cotton balls, a tube of toothpaste, and a couple of extra toothbrushes. Put all these in a basket or metal rack, and place this in an area where your guests will quickly find it.
Extra bedroom essentials are always a good thing. Place additional pillows on the bed because your guests might have different preferences when it comes to size and softness. Put an extra blanket at the foot of the bed where guests can easily use it when nights turn chilly. Fresh sheets, meanwhile, can be stored in the closet.
Provide some reading material. Place a couple of novels and magazines by the sitting area or reading nook for some light reading for your guests.
Block out the sun with curtains. Put up blackout curtains to keep the room dark when guests want to take a nap in the afternoon or sleep in late after a night of fun.
Bottled water and snacks are a nice touch. I know that, as a guest, I hate to bother people or rummage around in the kitchen if I am hungry. Goodies, such as cookies or granola bars on the bedside table, are all that is needed to battle a sudden attack of the munchies.
Perhaps add a small coffee pot if guests are on a different floor from the kitchen. This happens to be the case at our house. One of our guest rooms is on our bottom level, so I leave the coffee pot ready for whoever is staying with us.
For the final touch, add flowers to the room. Place a vase of fresh blooms on the night stand to welcome your guests into your home. If you have children, let them help out by picking and arranging them. You may want to stay away from overly fragrant flowers in case your guests are allergic.
The most important thing about hosting overnight guests is genuinely making them feel welcome! It’s not the size of the room, or even fancy linens that say you care. It’s great conversation and meals shared together that make the most memories. In my estimation, people love to know that they are welcomed and valued as friends. Everything else is a bonus!
What are some ways you welcome overnight guests? Share your ideas in the comments section!by