Give guests a place to curl up with a book before bed. All you need to create a reading nook is a cozy chair and a bookcase or bedside table stacked with magazines, novels and newspapers. Make sure there is ample lighting by providing a reading light.
What do you always forget to pack or miss when you are away from home? Include those items in your guest room and make family and friends feel welcome and comfortable. Besides travel size toiletries, on our list of nice necessities is an alarm clock, portable fan or heater and robe. As a bonus, plug in a surge protector so guests can charge all of their devices in one place without having to go looking for an extra outlet.
Spending a night in your guest room before guests arrive will help you gauge its comfort level and know what changes need to be made – from a replacing flat pillows to adding roman blinds. Guests want to be able to see in their new surroundings, but not be blinded every time they turn on the light. Include several lamps, an overhead light and sun-blocking shades that easily let light in or block it out.
Stash a laundry basket in the corner or closet for guests to keep dirty clothes until they have a chance to wash them. If they won't be staying long, include a plastic laundry bag for them to pack dirty laundry home with them. Guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness and the fact that they don't have dirty laundry all over your floor.
Provide a midnight snack for those guests who get the munchies after dinner. A small box filled with chocolates, crackers, dried fruit and seasonal snacks such as a cheese ball or gingerbread can curb the hunger pangs of guests who are too shy to rummage through your kitchen after hours. Include a few bottles of water and if you are feeling extra festive, mugs and hot chocolate packets.
Make a step-by-step user’s manual for all of the appliances in your room so guests aren't stuck wondering how to make the DVD player work. Include directions for the TV, stereo and air conditioning unit in the manual.
A flat surface, such as a small table or desk, is very much appreciated by overnight guests. Clear the table top and include paper, pens and other office supplies in the corner for guests to jot notes or write reminders.
A must-have for guest rooms, clean up the closet and make room under the bed for storage space. Bed risers allow guests to utilize the space under the bed by easily slipping their suitcases underneath. Make sure to provide plenty of extra hangers and instead of an iron, keep a bottle of spray wrinkle remover on a closet shelf.
It's the worst when you are staying over at a friend’s and can't find a mirror to check yourself in the morning before heading out for breakfast or a trip to the shared bathroom. Hang a decorative mirror on the wall and guests will thank you for it.