Speaking from experience, there’s nothing quite as uncomfortable as spending a week-long vacation on a deflated air mattress on the living room floor. On the other hand, a guest bedroom doesn’t have to be comparable to a five-star resort for a guest to feel comfortable and cozy in your apartment. And while providing a warm, snug bed and plenty of extra blankets and pillows is a no-brainer, creating a relaxing retreat-like guest bedroom doesn’t need to entail making a lot of big changes.
A few small touches can turn your spare bedroom into a homey space that visiting friends and family members will love. Here are eight quick and easy guest bedroom ideas for creating a retreat that will make all of your visitors feel instantly welcomed:
1. Make a Welcoming ‘Be Our Guest’ Frame
A cute sign that welcomes guests into their temporary room is a lovely and unexpected touch that most guest bedrooms won’t have. This adorable DIY teapot sign is easy to make: Simply click on the template above, and print it out, and place it in an 8 x 10 frame.
You can also use the back of a picture frame, paint it a pretty color to match the sign, and then glue the design on to the back of the frame. Leave it on top of the dresser or a bedside table for guests to see whenever they enter the room.
2. Help Guests Get Connected
Another nice and exceptionally easy touch that will make the guest bedroom feel like a retreat is to make a second sign that contains your guest Wi-Fi information. Your visitors will be able to connect their laptops and smartphones easily– without waking you up at 6 a.m. because they need to get some work done.
Print out our template, fold it in half, or make your own sign that displays your apartment’s Wi-Fi name and password.
3. Provide a Guidebook
During their visit, your guests may end up doing some exploring on their own– whether you’re at work or simply because they want a little time alone. Either way, provide a guidebook for the city or neighborhood that they can use during their solo adventures. They’ll love the foresight, and will likely find it easier to decide where to go and figure out how to get there.
4. Keep The Closet Empty
One small guest bedroom touch that everyone appreciates is to provide plenty of closet and dresser space so your friends and family members can avoid living out of their suitcases for the duration of the visit. Provide some padded or velvet hangers for an extra dash of luxury. You can even keep an iron and ironing board in the closet to make them really feel like they’re staying in a hotel.
5. Stock Some Essentials
Other than stocking up on extra blankets and pillows, there are a few essentials you can keep in your guest bedroom to make visitors feel at-home. Leave a basket full of travel-size toiletries and other bath and body needs (including an extra toothbrush!) on the dresser or in the guest bathroom if you have one. You can also provide sleeping masks, shower caps and plenty of plush towels and washcloths for each visitor who stays with you.
6. Leave Snacks
If you’ve ever woken up starving in someone else’s house, you know the awkward feeling of wanting to help yourself to your host’s food but not really knowing if anything in the kitchen is off-limits. That’s why snacks are a nice touch.
Leave a basket of fruit, chips, homemade granola and anything else you think your visitors will want to eat (and let them know they can hit the fridge if they need anything else). You can even leave clean mugs, tea bags and coffee in the room with a note welcoming them to use your kettle or coffee maker.
7. Put Thought into the Bedside Table
There are a number of things to consider when it comes to the bedside table. First, make sure you keep a lamp next to the bed so guests can turn the light on and off without having to walk across the room.
Also, keep a power strip or extension cord near the bedside table for guests to plug in chargers. And finally, keep a box of tissues on the table so guests don’t have to rummage through your closets and cabinets for one.
As an added unique touch, you may even want to leave an assortment of good books on the table so anyone who wants to can relax with a book before going to sleep. Personalize your book selection for each guest– your brother may not be interested in the latest Nicholas Sparks read.
8. Give Guests a Dressing Space
If your guest bedroom is pretty roomy, use the extra space to create a little area for guests to get dressed. Provide a full-length mirror and even a vanity with a drawer or basket to store makeup while they’re visiting.