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Be Our Guest – How to create the perfect spare bedroom for overnight visitors


If you’re hosting family or putting up friends this Christmas, you’ll want your spare bedroom to feel warm, welcoming and comfortable. Whether you have a dedicated guest room or a spare room that doubles as something else during the day, here are a few tips to make sure every visitor feels at home.

The Henley Bedroom

The Henley Bedroom

What Would a Boutique Hotel Do?

Hotels are committed to their guests’ comfort, so it’s great to take tips from the ones that do it well. Make sure your room is clean and well-aired as well as using high-quality linen and a neutral colour palette to create a calm and stress-free ambience.

Give your guests their own towels and toiletries to use during their stay. Place everything in easy to spot areas such as on the end of the bed, or on a bedside chair so that your guests don’t have to ask for anything once they’re settled in their room. Having a TV or even tea and coffee facilities in the room make your guests feel looked after and can enhance their stay in your home.

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Chances are your guests will have brought a change of clothing or travel essentials such as a wash bag. Make sure you have dedicated storage to accommodate their belongings. If you use your spare room on a regular basis, clear out a drawer that’s exclusively for their use and make sure there are hooks on the backs of doors so that they can hang clothes on hangers if there is no wardrobe available.

It Takes Two

If you have a spare bedroom exclusively dedicated to your guests’ comfort, consider twin beds instead of a double. Twin beds give you more options, allowing friends and family to share a room while having the comfort and privacy of their own bed. Make sure you dress each bed in the same bed linen and keep a double duvet set handy in case you need to push the beds together.

Sofa So Good

Dual purpose rooms ensure no space in your home is wasted, so if your spare room has another use during the day, why not consider enhancing its comfort with a sofa bed? A good quality sofa bed extends your seating options while providing a comfortable sleeping experience for your overnight visitors.

Henley Spare Bedroom

Add a Little Personality

Chances are, your guests know you very well so why not add a little personality to your spare bedroom. Create a feature wall with rich colours or textured wallpaper making sure it works with the rest of your home’s decor, hang a quirky piece of art or display a prized possession that says something about you. Have fun with accessories such as bedside lighting and cushions and don’t forget to leave a little light reading in the room for your visitors – it shows you’ve thought of everything.

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