20 Tips for Turning Your Guest Bedroom Into a Retreat
Expecting overnight guests? Steal style from boutique hotels to turn your spare bedroom into a five-star getaway.
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Fresh flowers are a must but creating an arrangement doesn't have to be a chore. Pick up a few bunches at the grocery store or local florist, snip the ends then plop them in a vase. Tulips are a natural choice because they're available year-round and their droopy shape lends itself to fuss-free arrangements.
Make It Plush
Create an environment that promotes a great night's sleep. Start with high-thread-count, 100% cotton sheets, then add a thick duvet and pile on lots of fluffy pillows.
Toss In a Throw
A cozy throw blanket, either folded neatly across the foot of the bed or casually tossed across, pops in a little extra color and will also come in handy on chilly nights.
Invite Them to Relax With a Good Read
No Guest Room, No Problem
Faking a guest bedroom is easier than you may think but skip the thin, camping-style air mattress. Instead, invest in a self-inflating mattress with a built-in frame or inflatable base to keep your guests up off the floor (and make getting in and out of the bed much easier). And be sure to top it with luxurious linens for added comfort. Use old suitcases or wooden crates to stack up a bedside table and layer in living plants to clean the air.
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Make Space in the Closet
If your guest bedroom closet has become overflow for items you no longer wear (too small, too big, out of style), consider this the perfect time to clean it out and donate or sell pieces you no longer want. Your guests will thank you for being able to hang up their clothes on arrival and long after your guests have left, you'll enjoy having a little more storage space of your own.
Don't Forget Your 4-Legged Guests
Pet parents will greatly appreciate thoughtful details, like a pet bed, treats and food/water dishes — all things they may have forgotten to pack or not had room for in their luggage.
Dress the Windows
Add inexpensive blinds, roller shades or ready-made draperies to any windows that aren't covered. A guest in your home is on vacation and will appreciate a dark room for sleeping in. If late nights are part of your plans, consider purchasing blackout drapes, which will more efficiently block out early morning sunlight.
What's the Wi-Fi Password?
It's a fact of modern life: Even on vacation, we really can't live without our phones. Save guests from asking this crucial question by printing the info onto card stock and framing it.
Add Bedside Lighting
On the Clock
Create a Dressing Area
Help Them Feel at Home
Add a Mirror
Let Them Help Themselves
Put Even the Smallest Spaces to Work
No Nightstand, No Problem
Stock the Necessities
Provide Healthy Snacks
A low dish of apples not only adds a pop of color; it also puts healthful snacks within guests' easy reach. Best of all, this light snack won't ruin their appetite for dinner.