Preparing Your Guest Bathroom for Weekend Visitors

Treat overnight guests to a five-star hotel experience with our 12 tips for turning your guest bathroom into a spa-like retreat.

  • Cottage Style Vanity

    Start With a Clean Slate

    Most importantly, make sure the entire room is squeaky clean. Treat yourself to a day off from cleaning; hire a professional cleaning service to do the dirty work.

  • Be Prepared

    Stock the bathroom vanity with the little amenities your guests may have forgotten to pack, such as cotton balls, toothpaste, a toothbrush and a razor. Even the most organized travelers will forget something, so having those items readily on-hand will save them frustration. Design by Sarah Richardson

  • Freshen Up

    Brighten up the bath with a vase of fresh flowers and add a subtle aroma with scented soaps or potpourri. Design by Sarah Richardson

  • Out With the Old

    Replace a worn or dated shower curtain or liner and switch out an old bathmat with a new, super-plush model.

  • Sterling Towel Rack

    Add Luxe Linens

    Splurge on thick, 100 percent cotton bath towels, washcloths and hand towels. A great tip is to buy guest towels in a color different from your regular towels, so you'll always have the \"good\" towels ready for overnight guests. Design by Layla Palmer, the Lettered Cottage

  • HGTV Dream Home 2011 Master Bathroom Sponges

    Include the Extras

    Sea sponges, bath salts, loofahs and bath brushes are items you'd typically expect to find in a spa or high-end hotel. They're also inexpensive items you can pick up at your local dollar store. Fill a tubside bin with an assortment to treat your guests to a spa-like experience.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2011 Master Bathroom Vanity

    Indulge Their Vanity

    An illuminated or magnifying vanity mirror is a thoughtful addition that older visitors or guests with impaired eyesight will really appreciate.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2011 Master Bathroom Tub

    Add Scented Candles

    A bathroom filled with the subtle fragrance of vanilla, sandalwood or citrus will make a long soak even more relaxing.

  • HGTV Dream Home 2011 Master Bathroom Basket

    Hide a Hamper

    If space allows, provides guests with a basket or bin for stashing used towels and linens.

  • Stock the Shower

    With the ever-shifting rules regarding flying with liquids, many guests may plan on simply purchasing toiletries once they reach their destination. Save them a trip to the store by placing shampoo, conditioner, soap and a razor in the shower.

  • Bathroom Showerhead

    Replace Broken or Leaking Fixtures

    There's nothing like the looming deadline of out-of-town guests to fast-track repairs you've been putting off. If you're handy with a wrench, swapping out or repairing a leaky shower head is something you can quickly tackle yourself.

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    Can It

    While a trash can certainly isn't a sexy addition, it is a handy one. Help it blend in by matching the can's style or color to your bathroom's decor.

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