Create a Temporary Guest Room in Your Living Space With These Smart Tricks

Don't let the lack of a guest bedroom cramp your hostess-with-the-mostest style. With a little planning and a few thoughtful touches, your couch-surfing weekend guests will feel totally pampered around the clock.

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Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Super Sofa Beds

The sleeper sofa has come a long way in the last few years. Many new sofas and sectionals feature a high-quality mattress so the sleep experience is better than ever. Make the bed with nice linens. Freshly laundered sheets, a fluffy comforter or duvet and lots of blankets go a long way to making guests feel like they're in a four-star hotel room. Throw in a few extra pillows so they can prop up to comfortably read or watch TV.

Bedside Manners

No bedside table, no problem. You can still make sure guests have everything they need within reach. Place a chair next to the bed with a stack of books to create an impromptu side table, giving guests a spot to rest their phone or glass of water. For longer stays, you can provide an armrest organizer stocked with a phone charger, TV remote and a snack for late-night noshing.

Stay Cool

An attractive ceiling fan is always a good idea, especially in rooms with lots of daily activity or guests. A remote-controlled fan allows overnight guests to tailor the room's temperature to their liking, so they'll get a better night's sleep. And of course, a well-rested guest is a happy guest!

A Place for Everything

Clear out a few drawers to accommodate your guests' things should they want to unpack. For longer stays, stock a drawer with extra towels, light snacks or a mini-bar setup.

Luxe Touches

Just like high-end hotels, a great host will anticipate their guest's every need. Pull together those little extras on a pretty tray. Trust us, your guests will be totally wowed. Frame the Wi-Fi password, provide a small carafe of filtered water, a scented candle or diffuser and lotions. Anything you think would help you sleep better when you're away from home is a wonderful gesture your guests will appreciate.

Light Control

Nothing wows guests like a little smart home vibe. Keep them from fumbling around in the dark looking for light switches by installing a Lutron Home Control system. They can download the app to control all the Lutron switches via your home's Wi-Fi from the comfort of bed. Turn them off or just dim them to bring the vibe down a notch.

Accommodate the Hang-Ups

Provide hooks and sturdy hangers for your guest so they can unpack properly and settle in. Bonus points for providing a wrinkle-releaser spray!

Baggage Handler

A luggage rack is a chic way to display fresh towels and robes, making a great first impression on guests. And later they can always use it to store luggage. When not in use, the luggage rack folds up and stores easily in a closet or behind the sofa.

Guest Perks

Treat guests to their own coffee station with a large mug so they can ease into the morning properly caffeinated. Add a few breakfast bites and some fresh flowers to make them feel like royalty.

Pillow Management

No one can relax in a space with pillow overload, so be sure to store extras out of the way (like inside a small storage bench or ottoman). Ottomans also offer a perfect spot for guests to sit and put on shoes before heading out the door.

Private Digs

Roman shades or blackout drapes ensure your guests will get a great night's sleep by insulating the room from light and noise. They also provide plenty of privacy if the den or family room has street-facing windows.

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