How do you create the perfect guest retreat to make visitors feel welcome and comfortable in your home? Holidays are, in particular, a time when it seems that our front door is like a revolving door! To make your life a little simpler and still make the guest feel comfortable and relaxed here are some suggestions to create the perfect retreat for your guests.
Items to add to your guest retreat
Obviously, the most important thing is the bed in your guest room. You will want to ensure the mattress is comfortable. Building from a good base is easy with nice sheets. There are many on the market but having a higher thread count does make them feel more luxurious. Natural fibers like cotton, linen, and silk “breath” so you are more comfortable throughout the night.
Next, add the layers. Some people prefer a fluffy down comforter, while other people like to pile on the blankets. Either work, just ensure your guest will be warm throughout the night. Of course being aware of allergies there are comforters that are hypoallergenic.
Pillows should be selected with this in mind also for a guest bedroom. I typically offer two pillows one firm, one soft which will allow your guest to adjust to their liking.
Lighting is important in any room. In a guest room having a light that can be turned on when you enter the room with a switch is ideal. Also having a light near the bed for reading that is on a separate switch will allow your guest to read when they retire if they choose, it also prevents them from having to get up to turn off the room light. Some people like to sleep in complete darkness, while others like a little light if needed when it is pitch black. Supply a small night light that has a switch so your guest can choose which they prefer.
Additional retreat items
Add niceties; when I travel, hotel rooms typically have small bottles of sundries, those that I do not use I will bring home to provide for my guest in case they forgot to bring something. I put these in a small basket for their use. I also will provide bottled water on the nightstand along with magazines and books for guests to read. With everyone bringing at least a cell phone, possibly have a few types of charges, and provide your WiFi password with your guests.
There are other things to make your guest feel comfortable that you can do. Keep in mind that this is your time to enjoy your company and relax. Providing a few basics in your guest room makes your visitors feel welcome, and you know you will not be running around at the last minute trying to find small items to make them comfortable. A little planning ahead of time makes everyone happy.
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