Gina Fitzsimmons ASID-Guest Bedroom

Prepare Your Guest Bedroom for the Holidays

My last decorating article, Prepare your Guest Bathroom for the Holidays, offered tips on getting the guest bath ready for holiday visitors. This week, I wanted to provide tips on getting your guest bedroom ready or any area that you plan to put your guests. If you are new to your place of living and want to host guests and have nothing, you can easily and on a budget pull this together.

Create a sleeping area

There are several affordable mattress-in-a-box businesses out there that offer comfortable sleeping options, for a review of several of them, click here.

If you do not have an extra room to set up a guest bed, consider purchasing an air mattress, click here for reviews, which can be set up and taken down and stored.

Another option is a convertible chair or sofa if you want to make a bit of an investment. There are many stock options, meaning readily available, that could fit into your décor.  For sleeper chairs from Wayfair click here or sleeper sofas. Don’t rule out your local furniture stores as they may have deals on floor models that they want to move before year-end. Also, if you have a Homesense in your area, they also sell affordable sleeper sofas.

Don’t forget an end table and light

If you are setting up a new living space, consider re-purposing a small table from another area of your home to use as an end table. Be creative; this could be stacked decorative boxes, a stand-up folding tray, stacked antique suitcases. Other choices, check out the Facebook Marketplace in your area where you can set up a search for an item and be notified when things become available. Keep in mind anything can be easily painted, go for the size that you want! It’s amazing what you can create using wood storage crates, stain or paint, and lovely baskets. Do some searching on Pinterest you will be amazed!

Re-purpose a lamp from another room, or run by your local Target, many options are affordable and attractive!

For your convenience, I created a checklist of the essentials and niceties for you to have when your guests arrive, and to keep you organized, I created a printable list that you can use, click here to download.

Guest Checklist:

  1. Clean and fresh linens.
  2. Extra blankets and pillows.  Always have two clean and fresh pillows per person available, with clean linens available for those who need more pillows to sleep.
  3. Bottled water or a water pitcher and glasses on a lovely tray.
  4. Proper reading light and a nightlight.  If the room has only an overhead light, please provide lamps that your guest can use for reading and general comfort.
  5. Provide toiletries that may have been forgotten such as lotion, toothpaste, mouthwash, sewing kit, lotion, etc.
  6. Box of tissues and a trash bin.
  7. Luggage rack – a place for the guests to put their bags that is not on the bed is a great idea.  You can use a portable one that may be stored under the bed or closet when not in use and made available for guests.
  8. Reading chair – providing a reading chair, small table, and light is a nice bonus for your guests who do not want to sit on the bed to read.
  9. Surge protected power strip and space for your guests to charge their electronics. Also, remember to supply the Wi-Fi password.
  10. Space – keep in mind that a beautifully decorated theme room that has every surface covered may not be the most comfortable for your guests. Provide space, have a place where your guests may put their things.  If the bed has 12 decorative pillows – where will your guests put them when they need to use the bed?
  11. Window covering – be sure that the window coverings offer the right amount of privacy for your guests as well as light-blocking.
  12. Add a place to hang things.  Provide space in the closet, or if there is no closet space, offer an over-the-door hanger for your guests to hang their things and extra hangers.
  13. Reading material – magazines supplying information about your area, or novels of varying topics offers guests something to read.

Have fun getting ready and don’t stress over the prospect of having guests. The more, the merrier right!

For all your interior decorating and home staging needs, give me a Redesign Right, LLCcall 610.955.8202 or email with questions. My new 5-day Interior Redesign and Home Staging Program class dates are available, will 2019 be the year for you to join a class?

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz:  Gina Fitzsimmons ASID, Gwin Hunt Photography.

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