With guests surely on their way as we move into the fall and back to school, we are in full guest room prep mode over here. While I do think our guest room is ok as is, there are a few things I’d like to add along the way to make it even more comfortable for our favorite people. It can always be a little uncomfortable when you are away from your own home so why not make it as comfy for your visitors as possible. Here are a few guest room must haves I recommend and now, I might need to go shopping!
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Seems simple, but sometimes it’s annoying to have to ask for this. As a guest room must have, add it on small chalk board or a decorative item around the room. Your guests will for sure thank you later!
Extra Blankets and Books
I’ve been looking for a great cabinet or armoire to put in our guest room to store extra blankets, books, etc. that of course, the guests can use, but also will play storage for us at other times of the year. Old blanket cabinets, display cabinets or wardrobes will do the trick just fine. Or, you may have a chest or trunk sitting around that work too! The extras don’t necessarily need to be displayed, just easily available.
I just grabbed one of these for our guest room. I hope it’s ok. Right now Target has all their room essentials items out for back to school. While I don’t want the room to feel college-y, I do want to find affordable updates so we grabbed this one. You can hang it over the door easily or change it up and find it a good place somewhere else in the room.
Water and Easy to Grab Snacks
While our guest room is just off the living room which is just off the kitchen, sometimes people don’t feel like they can just go foraging through your kitchen and pantry. Although, at our house, that would be fine! But maybe they are a new guest or a guest of your guest… Make it easy for them by having a basket filled with water bottles and snacks waiting for them on the bench the end of the bed!
Lucky for us, our guest room has an attached bathroom so we make sure to stock it full of extra towels and lots of travel sized goodies. If you travel a lot, this may be something you come into often by snagging the little bottles from hotels! But if not, just grab a few here and there anytime you are out from your local Target or Walmart. Make sure to include soaps, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, deodorants, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair products, wipes, Kleenex, etc. Anything you might forget or want when you go away is something to consider.
Now, this one can be a bit harder… does anyone else hate buying sheets as much as I do? Just make sure they have good reviews and are soft to the touch. No one likes to sleep on cardboard. These are a great option – temperature regulating!
I also like to gather a pillow selection and keep them in the closet. People have different pillow preferences and you want to make sure you have options in case the ones you have on the bed aren’t quite right for your guests.
A big one these days is chargers. Phone chargers are always in need and something everyone tends to forget. Plug one in and put some washi tape on it so you know it’s yours for when it’s time for your guest to pack up. That way it won’t be mistaken for one they brought. I found this alarm clock with USB charger which is nice. Guests coming in from different time zones will know the time right when they walk in and be able to easily access the charger plug!
Hooks for Clothes
Sometimes it’s nice to be able to hang things up – a sweater, a jacket, a shirt you want to un-wrinkle. So try to have some hooks around the room. Or, at least some empty hangers in the closet.
Or a bench…for now, we have a bench, but I love a good vintage luggage stand so you know I’m on the lookout! Anyways, it’s always nice to have somewhere besides the floor to set your luggage, especially if you are staying for more than a couple days! A place for your guests to put their bags is always nice too.
May sound kind of funny at first, but think about it. Even if your guests don’t put their own dirty clothes in there, they are sure to have dirty towels! This is a good one for you as a host too – to be able to see what you need to replenish when your guests leave!
So this one is something my family members need in particular. We haven’t personally added one in our guest room yet, but it’s on the list! And I finally found one that I think I like! Does anyone else have a thing about ceiling fans? It’s a love HATE relationship. But this is one we are looking at and I think it’ll go just fine AND keep our guests cool.
Seems like a given, right? At our old house we didn’t have overhead lighting – rookie building mistake – and so we HAD to have lamps. Think about lights for end tables, overhead lighting, and maybe even a corner floor lamp.
Candle & Flowers
A MUST! While they may not use the candle, it’ll offer a nice feel. And who doesn’t love fresh flowers?! I know I do! A pro tip – buy a bunch of candles when Bath & Body Works has their candles on sale for $8-$10. My favorite guest room candle is Lilac – it smells so real and fragrant!
And plenty of them… May seem like a no brainer, but do all the things that try to help your guest from feeling like they are bothering you. Even though they aren’t, they might feel that way if they have to ask for towels, soaps, etc… So stay ahead of the game! We love these ones and use them in all bathroom at our house.
Plenty of TP & Room Spray
PLENTY of toilet paper, esp if your brother is visiting LOL. Just kidding. But seriously, just like above, you want your guests to have MORE than they might need. Keep them happy and make their stay an easy one! Room spray is another nice touch. Grab something that’s easily used elsewhere and is a universal smell.
Now, this may be too much info, but we have plungers in EVERY bathroom. But it’s better for your guest to have instant access to one, rather than have to ask you one in embarrassment. So… make sure you at least have on your guest can get to easily!
So, hopefully this list is helpful to you. Anything we missed?!