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
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.