Guest bedroom checklist
With Christmas fast approaching (where does December go?), it’s probably time to start thinking about how to prepare your guest bedroom for the arrival of your Christmas guests. For many, guest bedrooms are only used a handful of times a year. If your guest bedroom is anything like mine, it’s probably being used to store items that you cannot find a home for elsewhere or it’s been neglected and has not had the love and attention of that the rest of your home has.
Now is the ideal opportunity to declutter and refresh this sleeping space and prepare it for your guests. There are a few things you can easily do to treat your guests to a luxury hotel experience in your home. If you follow this easy last minute guest bedroom checklist, your guests will be longing to come back to stay again and again.
1. Declutter and clean the guest bedroom
This is probably the least favoured part of preparing your guest room. Every year I vow not to let it get into this state again, but it’s easily done as life has a tendency to take over. You’ll need to allow some time to have a real sort through and find places to store things elsewhere, even if it’s only temporary for the festive period. You can hide household overflow in storage boxes and tuck these under the bed neatly. Make sure you open the window to air the room and give it a thorough vacuum and clean. A squirt of polish can make the room smell much more inviting! Now you can move onto the fun parts.
2. Refresh the bedding
Do not wait until the last minute to check if you have enough bed linen. At least a week beforehand, have a rummage through your linen cupboard and check your supplies. In a disused room, it’s easy for duvets and pillows to get a stale, old fusty smell. Have a quick sniff to check.
Give your bed linen a quick wash in the washing machine, and quickly iron it for that luxury hotel look and feel. Your guests will appreciate it if you do. If your duvet sets are looking a little shabby, take this as an opportunity to buy some new bedding. You do not need to spend a fortune to buy good quality bedding. Our 100% organic cotton 200 thread count percale weave bed linen is perfect for impressing guests. It’s great value for money as well. There’s a reason why percale weave is so popular with hotels – it helps ensure people have a good night’s sleep. In fact, why should you just treat your guests? This is a great time to treat yourself to some new bedding as well.
3. Dress the bed cosily
The primary role of the guest bedroom is to provide your guests with a comfortable night’s sleep. Make the bed nice and cosy. We all require different amounts of bedding, depending on our body temperature, so in addition to a duvet covered in freshly laundered bedding, a few blankets or throws can be added for extra warmth. A faux fur throw is a great investment for any bedroom. They never go out of fashion. You can casually drape one across the foot of the bed during the day, and your guests can add it as an extra layer during the night should they get cold.
Don’t forget the cushions as well! Different weights and textures of fabric can be used to make a room look beautiful. Playing with contrasting textures adds instant depth, warmth and visual interest. Create a cosy haven for your guests to stay in.
4. Ensure you have somewhere for guests to put clothes
If your guests are staying for a few days, it’s nice to be able to offer them space to store their clothes. Make some space in the wardrobe and chest of drawers by storing little worn clothes in the loft or in boxes under the bed. Check there are enough hangers as well. Your guests will feel much more at home if they have somewhere to store their clothes as they would in a hotel. If you don’t have a wardrobe, consider buying a portable rail and leave a few hangers out so your guests know they are welcome to use it. If your bedroom is too small for a rail, you can put some hooks or pegs up instead. These are inexpensive and easy to install, and provide useful clothes storage for visitors, and can be used to hang decorative items on at other times of the year.
5. Check your lighting
If you don’t use the spare room regularly, you may not realise when bulbs have burnt out or lamps are dusty or damaged. Check the lighting is adequate for getting dressed and bedtime reading. If you normally rely on a ceiling light, this will not be very good for bedtime reading. Having a bedside light that can be turned on and off from the bed is incredibly handy. You can add a lovely touch to your guests by turning the bedside lamps before they retire for the night. This provides a warm and welcoming feel when they go to bed. A bedside light on a small bedside table will also make a world of difference for your guests to have some light for the middle of the night unfamiliar journey to the bathroom as well.
Festive fairy lights are a great and inexpensive way to create a cosy atmosphere over the Christmas period. You can extend the Christmas cheer to the guest bedroom by adding these around the bed frame or around a mirror on the wall. So pretty!
6. Put out some towels
Pop a few towels on the bed. Fluffy towels are preferable. If yours feel a bit like card, pop them in the wash and then tumble dry them. This will make them much softer. I like to leave a couple of different sized towels out for each guest. If you do not have enough towels to go around, especially if you have many guests staying over the festive period, you can always ask them to bring some with them. Don’t be too embarrassed to do this. They’ll understand.
7. Hang up a bathrobe or two
Have a couple of simple white bathrobes to hand. This will give your guest room a luxurious hotel feel and are perfect for your guests to wrap up in. If you do not have a guest en-suite bathroom (most of us don’t), they can quickly pop the robe on for the inevitable during the night bathroom trips. Let’s face it – you don’t want to be seeing “too much” of your guests, do you? Remember to wash the robes between guests though.
8. Add some plants
Plants are a must in any room or bedroom. They breathe life and energy into a room, as well as purifying the air. You can add a small plant or two on the chest of drawers to create a more homely feel. Or you can consider some fresh flowers, which smell lovely and bring some freshness into the room. You could go one step further and place a small plant next to the bed with your guest name on a tag as a gift for your visitor. A lovely little present for them to take home with them.
9. Add some finishing touches
Remember those little bottles of hotel miniatures that you always chuck in the bottom of your suitcase but never use? This is where you can put them to good use, by arranging a little basket of toiletries (soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion) for your visitors to find by their bed. It will cut down on those early morning corner shop dashes, or your guests rummaging around your bathroom trying to find some to use.
You could add other easily forgotten necessities. For example, toothpaste, headache tablets, and a hangover remedy. I always keep a couple of new toothbrushes in the bathroom in case a guest forgets theirs. A simple touch like this is a low cost yet thoughtful way to really welcome your guests into your home.
Other great ideas for finishing touches include having a scented candle or incense sticks to welcome guests with a festive scent, add an alarm clock (a quiet one), a carafe or bottle of water with a couple of glasses, a hairdryer, box of tissues, waste bin, and a book or magazine or two for some reading material. Providing the Wi-Fi code and having it ready and waiting for your guests in their bedroom will save yourself the hassle of hunting it out and the embarrassment of them having to ask for it.
If you follow this easy to use checklist for when your guests come to stay, the only problem you might face is that you quite fancy sleeping in the guest bedroom yourself!
Please let me know if you have any great tips for when your guests come to stay.
Thanks for reading