Guest Room Must-Haves

Designing A Guest Room

When designing a guest room on a budget, use  a five-star Hilton hotel for inspiration and discount stores and a savvy interior designer for implementation!


Of greatest importance is the best bed you can afford.  A queen-sized bed is more than adequate for two people and usually fits in a guest room quite nicely. If there is enough room, two twin-, full- or queen-sized beds would be ideal.  Dressing the bed is equally important. Start with a good quality mattress pad that adds a cushioned, luxurious feel.  Freshly laundered bed linens, fluffy but not-too-full pillows, a comforter and extra blankets create a welcoming oasis for your weary guests to rest and restore.

Find a place for a luggage rack or a bench to set a suitcase on. Create a one-to-two foot space in the closet with a few hangers for your guests to hang their clothes.  Keep a drawer clear for them to put their things in.  This will help keep the room neat and organized.


If there is enough room, a comfortable chair where one can curl up is a welcome addition. It also gives guests a place to sit while they put on their shoes.  A small table with a lamp or a floor lamp next to the chair creates a cozy spot for reading.

A television in a guest room is appreciated.  Place the remote near the bed.  Having a few current magazines in the room is a nice touch for those who don’t watch TV.

Window blinds work well in guest rooms to provide privacy when needed and allow for light control during the day.  A simple valance or side panels add character.



Then there are the basics that every guest room and guest bathroom should have:

  • A CD player with a clock
  • Easy access to electrical outlets for charging phones and computers
  • Bottled water on the nightstand
  • A couple of fresh apples in a bowl
  • A fresh flower in a vase on the nightstand is a nice touch
  • Clean towels
  • Fresh bar of soap
  • Disposable cups
  • Hairdryer

Remember to inform your guests if you have a security system that is alarmed at night.

And most importantly, invite your guests to feel at home.

Personalized Kitchen Accessibility

Creating a Personalized Kitchen for Your Home

Have you ever wondered how a kitchen can be designed to accommodate the various needs of the home’s occupants?  What if only one member of the family is in a wheelchair?  What if the members of the family are all short-statured?

We are all aware that people come in all shapes and sizes, with ever-changing needs and abilities.  The kitchen is probably one of the most important areas in a home where the needs of the users should be addressed.

So what do we do when only one member of the family has a disability, or when people of multiple heights will use the kitchen with regularity?  One of the most versatile solutions to address this is the use of cabinet and counter lifts, appliance lifts or adjustable shelving.

Obviously, this solution means an added expense for new cabinetry, at least in the areas where you want to provide lifts.

Another way to adapt, if you have room for it and plumbing is nearby, is to add an island where you can have an opportunity to step down the part where the sink will be and install a dishwasher drawer if necessary.

If you have a whole family of short-statured people, permanently placing the cabinets and appliances at a lower level is best.  And if and when it comes time to sell the home, you can simply add a cabinet allowance marked off of the sale price for the next buyer to make the necessary adjustments.

Remember, your family is the one that lives in your house, so give yourself permission to enjoy your home while you are there!

Contributed by: Monica A. Nordquist, CAPID

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