Make guests feel at home24 January 2014
Life Desk :
Do you love having house guests over? When you start to plan your guest room, think about what you expect to find in a five-star hotel room, and try to make your room measure up to that standard.
Your budget may not be enough to let you create a getaway oasis, but you can arrange what's necessary, and provide a quiet place to relax.
In a guest room, less is more - more space, more comfortable, and more welcoming. Get rid of anything that you would not find in the room of a fine hotel. Keep only the most useful items in the room, like a clock and calendar. Provide paper and pens or pencils, tissue, and a hair dryer and have all the bases covered. If you don't have an extra iron and ironing board to offer, be sure to tell your guest where they can find yours, reports the TNN.
A phone in the room will be a much-appreciated bonus item. Put together several sets of keys to your home (and car if your guests will be using it). If your guests will be going around town without you, they'll appreciate area maps, brochures on the hot spots, and directions to your home.
Don't give your guest the oldest, most saggy mattress you have. If you can't afford a new bed, think about getting a quality air mattress. They're really quite comfortable and can be placed on top of a box spring, over a sofa bed mattress. Beyond clean bedding, think about adding wonderful bed linens and comfort items, a choice of pillows, a cozy down comforter, extra blankets, and freshly ironed pillowcases. Always have an extra set of bed and bath linens available for your guests. Clear a space to put a luggage rack or a small table or bench to set down a suitcase. No one likes to have to stoop over to the floor to pull out a clean pair of socks. Even a chair is better than nothing. Clear at least a foot or two of pole space in the closet or purchase an inexpensive hook that can accommodate some hanging clothes. Don't forget a supply of six or eight hangers. A simple hook on the wall or behind a closet door can hold a robe, jacket, or a purse. If you have an extra chest of drawers, that's perfect. But at least clear out one or two drawers for small items.
Some people do not sit on a bed. And your guests shouldn't have to. Place an upholstered armchair or side chair in the room with a table and lamp close by. It's always nice to have a light control near the bed, so your guest won't have to stumble around in the dark, just to turn a light on. If nothing else, provide a good reading light near a chair or over the bed. Another fixture or lamp near the desk would be great. A small night light is helpful.
If you've read a wonderful novel, share it with your guest. Five-minute mysteries, travel books, an assortment of magazines, classic novels, or the local paper will provide quiet-time activities for your guest. A TV in the guest room would also be much appreciated. Don't forget to place the remote control near the bed so they don't have to get out of bed to turn them off.
Choose window coverings that not only add to the character of the room, but provide privacy and light control. Setting up a guest room doesn't take a lot of time. It just takes special consideration for your visitor's needs.