Fall marks the start of guest season, that fun time of year when friends or relatives rush into town to stay with you for a weekend or vacation. It’s a great opportunity to get together and spend some quality time together, so you absolutely want to provide your visitor with a comfortable and welcoming place to sleep.
The best way to start? Mark off the space yourself. If you haven’t already, spend a night in the bedroom, which will help you identify areas that might need some attention. Is a dresser blocking the only outlet? Are there drafts at night? Does sunlight flood the room at an unspeakable hour?
Getting the customer experience is the best way to determine the specific points you need to cover, and after that you might want to add a few more thoughtful touches. Coming up, eight easy steps to making your spare bedroom the best it can be before your guests arrive.
1. Invest in their rest
A comfortable bed is arguably the most important thing you can give your guest. (Lack of sleep affects all dynamics.) The best way to make sure this is to start with a good mattress that matches the size of your bedroom, add a great plush mattress topper, and then wrap it in a high quality bedding.
Instead of buying piecemeal, you can save time (and money) by sourcing all of your bedding through a brand like Tuft & Needle, which offers high-quality mattresses and linens. When you associate a mattress with certain essentials — a sheet set, alternative down pillows, mattress protector — you’ll get 15% off their complete mattress set.
For a touch of luxury, add a squirt of soothing linen spray and don’t forget to drape a knit throw around the base of the bed or over a chair (we love this one made from 100% recycled yarn). You don’t want your guests to have to choose between waking up or having a cold night.
2. Define the necessities
No one likes to feel like a guest in need, so it’s a good idea to anticipate what your visitors might need before they get there. Prepare a basket or tray of travel toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, pain reliever) and leave it on the dresser, bedside table or in the suite bathroom if you have any. a. Add a bottle of water and a glass to the nightstand in case your guest is thirsty in the middle of the night.
3. Keep towels handy
Place freshly laundered towels at the foot of the bed or on an empty chair if your visitors don’t have access to an en-suite bathroom. (A good guideline: two bath towels, one hand towel, and one washcloth per guest.) If your guests are staying more than a few nights, replace their towels with clean towels in the middle of their stay.
4. Place a charger near the bed
Since most of us depend on our devices for everything from keeping in touch with loved ones back home to getting directions to local attractions, a charger is essential, but it’s also one of those things we tend to forget to pack. This is why it is useful to equip your bedroom with the various cords and chargers needed for cellphones, tablets, laptops and e-readers in an easily accessible place on the nightstand or near the bed. (No need for them to ask to borrow materials or have to roam your house to find an outlet.)
5. Add white noise
When you’re away from home, the natural sounds of where you stay (squeaky pipes, squeaky floors) may sound louder than your home and other environmental sounds, like a baby. who wakes up in the middle of the night, can also affect sleep. To protect your guest from these sounds, add a white noise machine like the T&N + SNOOZ; it uses the natural and real noise of the fan to produce coherent sounds which help to muffle unfamiliar ambient noises.
6. Give them space
Living in a suitcase can confuse customers. If you can, empty a small section of a closet (don’t forget the hangers!) Or at least leave one dresser drawer empty so they have room to put their clothes away. Not only does this make it easier for them to find what they need, but it also prevents clothes from wrinkling.
7. Leave a welcome note
Sure, you’ll greet your guests with a big hug at the door, but take a tip from luxury hotels and back it up by leaving a thoughtful welcome note on their pillow or nightstand. Writing it down on a local postcard or personal stationery is a nice touch, and you can also include any details your guest might need, such as the WiFi password.
8. Add amenities
A room filled with a few snacks (just in case your visitors are hungry) will always make them feel like VIPs. You can make something as simple as a small trinket filled with candy or create a small “snack station” by repurposing a bar cart and adding treats like granola bars, nuts, and fruit. Bonus points for including local goodies that can serve as souvenirs!
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