11 Bedroom Essentials to Woo & Wow Your Summer Guests


It may seem like a challenge to make your guests feel at home, but the key is a little hospitality, a welcoming persona, and if you want, a few extra touches here and there to make your guests feel special.


Everything You Need for a Cozy Guest Bed

11. Freshly Laundered Sheets

Make sure your sheets are crisp and unstained, with multiple pillows (many people like to sleep with 2 or more pillows) that are comfy and plump. Check and make sure the mattress is comfortable, possibly even sleeping on it a few nights to make sure.

10. Pillows, Pillows & More Pillows

A few more considerations for your pillow recipe (serves two) would be four standard, queen or king size pillows depending on the size of your bed, 30” for queen beds and larger for king beds-two of these pillows would be for sleeping.

One or two smaller pillows, either a boudoir pillow-those dainty little things-or a small throw pillow for resting an elbow or your neck while reading or watching TV.

Two or three Euro pillows—the 26” square pillow that is great for propping yourself up to read, make sure these are firm, not limp and squishy. The number of Euros you use is really a personal preference-I like to use three on a king size bed.

One last thing to keep in mind—if someone in the family has allergies be sure to go for natural, non-animal materials as some people are highly allergic to down.

Tip: Just a note on accent pillows… if you love them like I do, make sure there is a basket for your guest to toss them into so they don’t end up all over the floor and in your guest’s way!

9. Extra Blankets

Keep extra blankets on hand. Some people get hot easily, some people get cold easily. Provide extra blankets for those who need to layer up to stay warm. One of the most comforting experiences is a soft blanket to wrap around oneself, so make it convenient for your guests to do so if they wish.


Other Bedroom Must-Haves for Guests

8. Nightstand & Lighting

One of the biggest hotel decor missteps is walking into an otherwise nice hotel room and there's no light to read by. It's always nice to have a light control near the bed, so your guest won't have to stumble around in the dark, just to turn a light on.

If nothing else, provide a good reading light near a chair or over the bed. Another fixture or lamp near the desk would be great. A small night light is helpful, and a lighted magnifying makeup mirror is a real luxury.

7. Storage Space

If your guest room shares space with a home office, clear at least a foot or two of pole space in the closet. Or purchase an inexpensive over-the-door hook that can accommodate some hanging clothes. Don't forget a supply of 6 or 8 hangers. A simple hook on the wall or behind a closet door can hold a robe, coat, or a purse. If you have an extra chest of drawers, that's ideal, but if not, clearing out at least one or two drawers for small items is sufficient. Both you and your guest will feel better with odds and ends out of sight.

6. Snacks & Refreshments

House guests get "the nibbles" in the evening, just like everyone else. Place wrapped snacks, fresh fruit or cookies and a bottle of water in the guest room. How about a small coffee pot or water heater, instant cider, tea, and coffee, and creamer and sugar?

When your guests are up late at night reading that book that they can get to only while away from home, they'll be able to put together a tasty snack without sneaking down to your kitchen.

5. Reading Material

If you've read a wonderful novel, share it with your guest. Five-minute mysteries, travel books, an assortment of magazines, classic novels, or the local paper will provide quiet-time activities for your guest.

4. Fresh Flowers or Greenery

Flowers are a MUST! Even if they are a $5.00 grocery store bouquet or good looking weeds gathered along the roadside! The are the universal sign of welcome!


Prepping the Perfect Powder Room for Your Guests

3. Soft, Fresh Towels

Along with clean bedding, provide fresh towels. Fold them neatly and place them where the guest can see them. Make sure the guests know the towels are for their use. Too many times people assume their hanging towels will be used by guests, only to find that they were mistaken as decorative towels.

Provide clean hand towels and washcloths as well. After a long trip, nothing is as welcome a sight as a pile of soft, fluffy towels waiting to be put to use after a refreshing shower.

2. Extra Toiletries

Provide a basket of toiletries in case any were forgotten. Include mini versions of toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, mouthwash, face and body lotion, sunscreen, bug spray, contact case, glasses case, eye drops, dental floss, toothbrushes, a hair brush and comb, band aids, razors, makeup remover, cotton balls, q-tips, tampons, pads, and anything else you can think of that a guest might forget.

Place all these in a basket and somewhere visible to the guest, like on a chair in their room or on the counter of the guest bathroom, if they’re the only ones using the bathroom. And make sure you check once the guest has left to refresh anything that is needed!


Going the Extra Mile for Your Guests

1. Gift Basket with a Sweet Note

A special gift for your guests to take home with them like one of your favorite wines or a souvenir from your local area will be a lovely reminder for your guest of their stay with you. A handwritten note will be the cherry on top of this thoughtful and welcoming gesture.

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Happy hosting!