Creating Comfortable Guest Rooms

There are many things you can do to make guests feel welcome in their sleeping quarters, even if you have just a sliver of space to offer. Appoint a guest room as you would your own room, with attention to design and detail. And think of what needs they may have. You want to avoid a guest having to ask you for something.

Think about who is most likely to use the room and determine the beds you’ll need. A queen is good for couples, but if you don’t have the room, consider twins, a daybed, or a trundle bed.

Supply proper bedding for the season: lightweight blankets and sheets in the summer, and jersey or flannel sheets in the winter, plus extra blankets and a throw.

Stock the closet with a variety of bed pillows—soft, hard, flat, fluffy, down, synthetic—so guests can choose the one that’s most comfortable for them.

Top the bed with an array of throw pillows for a comfortable, luxurious resting spot.

Treat a guest room as you would your own bedroom. Incorporate color, pretty fabrics, and accessories to give it a finished look.

Always include an alarm clock and reading lamp, and make room for a bedside table or nightstand to rest them on.

Make sure guests have place to store clothes and empty luggage.

Pay attention to window treatments and how light enters the room at different times of the day. If light is a problem, adjust the shades or curtains accordingly.