prepare a perfect guest room

Right now, our “guest room” is really just my closet/dressing area. The room is pretty small and I use all the closet and dresser space for my own stuff. But it is still nice to have a room with a bed for whenever we have guests. In our next home, I hope to have an actual dedicated guest room and can’t wait to decorate it so that it’s actually welcoming (as opposed to our current guest room chock full of my stuff).

In dreaming of my perfect guest room, I came across this great article at Urbanara, a UK-based home decor brand. Here’s a list of their tips mixed in with my own on how to make your guest room ready for company – 

1. Fresh flowers always make a room more welcoming. I would have fresh flowers in my house all the time if I could. They seriously brighten up a room so much. Just be sure to not pick anything with too strong of a fragrance since it could be overpowering or just plain unappealing to your guests. 

2. Make up a fresh bed with crisp sheets. I love sheets with a higher thread count. I never thought they made much of a difference until I tried to go back to not as fancy sheets. There is definitely a difference, so it’s so worth it. I can’t wait to register for fancier sheets when we get married last this year. 

3. Provide extra towels for your guests. Sometimes guests bring their own towels but it can’t hurt to provided extras for them as well. 

4. Provide a hairdryer and straightener for your guest or let them know where you keep an extra.

5. Put together a little welcome basket for your guest. You can include a mini toothpaste, toothbrush, face wash/towelettes, magazines, gum, etc.

6. If you have a tv in the room – let your guest know the secret way to turn it on. I swear every tv anymore has a million different remotes and half the time I’m too dumb to figure out how to work them.

7. Have a bedside lamp. It’s never fun to turn off a lightswitch and then try to fumble your way over to a bed in a strange house. 

8. And lastly, as a guest, I always want to know if they will be coffee in the morning! So if your guests are anything like me, make sure you have a strong pot of coffee ready to go in the a.m.

Any other tips for preparing your guest room for out-of-towners? Or what have you appreciated that past hosts/hostesses have done when you’ve stayed at friends’ homes?