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Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

October 11, 2017

How to Create the Perfect Guest Room

Your guest room should be homier than a hotel room, but still less personal than the rest of your home. Here’s how to achieve the perfect balance! These are the elements you need to create the perfect guest room or guest house so that visitors feel right at home. With these guest room essentials, they may never want to leave!

Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

Welcome Housekeeping

Upon entry, you’ll want your guests to feel right at home. So you’ll want to take care of housekeeping items that let your guests know where they can find everything: Consider including some form of a placard with important instructions (ie: how to use the TV, where to find extra pillows and towels, and, of course, include the coveted wifi password!).

Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

Guest Room Amenities

Save your guests late-night or early-morning trips to the kitchen by including a coffee station and/or small mini wet bar: We recommend including a coffee/tea maker with some local brew and teas, or a basket or mini fridge stocked with local bottles of wine or beer.

Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

Decorate your mini-bar with something living (a little green goes a long way!) and something that smells good — we love a space with a signature scent! So consider including a pillow mist or some luxurious scented candles.

Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

Guest Room Bedding

Keep a closet or bed-foot storage stocked with easily accessible, extra pillows and blankets in neutral colors that are always welcoming and easily washed. The bed may be the one area where it’s always a good idea to take note from your favorite hotel suite, complete with:
  • Multiple high thread-count flat sheets, with a light blanket sandwiched between them
  • Plenty of cozy, down feather-filled pillows! (Shams, pillows, and throw pillows)
  • A plush duvet and blankets

Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

Lounge Seating in Your Guest Bedroom

Creating a lounge-like atmosphere akin to that of a hotel room: Consider including poufs or small cocktail tables with cozy seating or benches or trunks that can function as seating, tabletop, and storage. Decorate with coffee table books and magazine/city guides that pertain to activities to do around town!

Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

This is also a good place to include a catch-all for keys or jewelry, and an additional phone and computer charging station.

Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

Guest Room Closet & Laundry

In the closet, you’ll want to include an empty set of hangers, laundry baskets or a hamper, and for added hotel vibes, a luggage rack (like this super styling one from Dunes and Duchess)!

Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

Guest Bathroom

Include travel-sized toiletries or bubble baths and oils for an added luxe element, and extra toilet paper and towels rolled in a basket for easy access.

Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room